Rep. Kinzinger Shares Memories of the Maverick McCain
Over the weekend, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) shared some of his memories with the late Senator John McCain in a piece published in the Rockford Register Star.
Washington, DC – Over the weekend, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) shared some of his memories with the late Senator John McCain in a piece published in the Rockford Register Star. Two weeks after his passing, Senator McCain’s life and legacy – and his call for civility – are fresh in the minds of millions, inspiring people around the world daily. The full piece by Congressman Kinzinger can be found here, and a few excerpts can be found below:
“Sen. John McCain and I certainly shared a similar world view, and valued the freedoms that America provided us and millions of others. I was a delegate for him in 2000, though I didn’t get elected, and was deeply appreciative of his passion for the Iraq surge. When everyone said to leave Iraq, McCain said it’s time to double down. Eventually we did, and as an airman flying the RC26b with our troops in special operations, I was involved firsthand in the change of strategy and witnessed the stunning success during my 2008 and 2009 deployments. One man stood up to say what was unpopular, knowing it was the right call at the time, and I loved him for it.”
“Perhaps what I respected most was his love for people and his passion what he felt was the right thing to do. John McCain would be the first to say he wasn’t always right, and that he made mistakes, but he fought for what he believed.”
“The life of the Maverick McCain will be seen as a testament to the strength of the American character, and people around the world will forever see him as a symbol of courage, hope, and perseverance. I will miss my friend, my mentor, and my hero, John McCain.
“I hope that in his passing, we are reminded of the importance of civil discourse, passion in beliefs, and the value of American leadership. God knows America, and the world, need it now more than ever.”