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On Today’s Show: Senator John McCain, a perennial voice for interventionist foreign policy in the Senate and two-time presidential candidate, has died after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer. He was 81. Worldview’s Jerome McDonnell spoke with Jacob Weisberg, the editor-in-chief of The Slate Group, who has written about John McCain for decades. Post Hurricane Maria, eighty percent of Puerto Rico’s agricultural crops had been destroyed according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Brookfield Zoo recently kicked off in Chicago an international effort to save from extinction an animal you might not have heard of.
The two-time presidential candidate served for 30 years in the U.S. Senate and was a Washington institution known as a political maverick. He had an aggressive form of brain cancer.
Senator John McCain, a perennial voice for interventionist foreign policy in the Senate and two-time presidential candidate, has died after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer. He was 81. McCain was elected to the Senate in 1986, succeeding Barry Goldwater in representing Arizona. The Vietnam War Veteran and POW was known for his role on several Senate committees that set the tone for American foreign policy. McCain often led groups of lawmakers to other countries and was outspoken against the U.S. use of torture.
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