Gov. John Kasich has ordered all public flags in Ohio to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the life of Sen. John McCain who passed away on Saturday after an aggressive battle with brain cancer.
I have ordered all public flags in Ohio to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the life of @SenJohnMcCain
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) August 26, 2018
Gov. Kasich released the following statement in conjunction with the announcement:
Karen and I join the nation, and so many around the world, in mourning the death of Senator John McCain, an iconic American hero, patriot and statesman without compare. Few have served their country so well or so long. Having been privileged to call John a friend over many years, I will miss his straight talk and unfailing good humor, his steadfast resolve and absolute devotion to public service. I will miss my old friend.
Other Ohio leaders also responded to the news of McCain's death with words that honored the man that he was.
The following statement is from Rep. Marcy Kaptur:
I extend deepest sympathies and abiding gratitude to Mrs. Cindy McCain, and Senator McCain’s lovely mother, Roberta, and his beloved children,Douglas, Andrew, Sidney, Meghan, John, James and Bridget, on the loss of this great American patriot.
America has lost a freedom fighter who fearlessly and robustly guarded liberty’s ramparts at home and abroad. John McCain never wavered from his sworn oath to protect and defend our nation. He truly stood in a class of his own.
The following statement is from Sen. Sherrod Brown:
John McCain was an American hero who embodied our nation’s most cherished values: service and sacrifice. He was a leader to senators from both parties, a touchstone on foreign and domestic issues. Just as importantly, he made no secret of his love for his wife, Cindy, and his family. Connie and I are thinking of them now. May their memories of this great man sustain them.