A Personal Reflection On John McCain

'The one story that shows that he’s real people, goes back to the Phoenix Western Stock Show when he and I competed in the lamb roping contest'

John McCain

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Political icon John McCain passed away on Saturday after suffering from a malignant brain tumor, called glioblastoma.

CBS Correspondent Stephan Kaufman, joined KDKA Radio on Monday to remember McCain.

What was his relationship like with Arizona?

“John McCain was loved here by many. I think even more so, he was respected. That respect grew during the early morning hours of July 28, 2017 when he did his famous thumbs down vote in the Senate on the so-called skinny repeal of the Affordable Care Act,” Kaufman said.

“This is a red state I’m in here, but when he did that, it drew in a lot of democrats.”

When you consider McCain’s service with the Military, Washington D.C. and the state of Arizona, what was he like as a person?

“He served in the senate representing Arizona six times. He was known as ‘real people’. I worked radio in Phoenix for ten years and I chatted with him many times, interviewed him many times,” Kaufman added.

“The one story that shows he’s real people, goes back to the Phoenix Western Stock Show when he and I competed in the lamb roping contest. I have to say to you, I won. He was so gracious, I got the jacket. He was a nice guy, just a nice person.”

What is the anticipated turnout going to be like at the Arizona state capital on Wednesday when he lies in-state?

“They’re expecting thousands. The funeral is scheduled for Thursday at the North Phoenix Baptist Church, probably a standing only crowd there. Kaufman tells KDKA.

"John McCain leaves one heck of a legacy here in Arizona. It will be a long time before his name is forgotten.” 

McCain can be seen in Washington DC at the State of the Capital building on Friday, The National Cathedral on Saturday, and then the final funeral service will be at the US Naval Academy on Sunday where he will be buried next to his longtime friend, Chuck Larson.

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