It will be a week of remembrance of Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday night after a year-long battle with brain cancer, just a few days shy of what would have been his 82nd birthday. McCain was a six-term senator, two-time presidential candidate and a true hero, who survived 5 years of torture as a prisoner of war. He leaves behind a complicated legacy, known for working across the aisle, advocating for the armed forces and fighting to end torture. But he was also marred by his role in the Keating Five campaign finance scandal, and claims that he helped stoke political divisions by choosing former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. By his own account, John McCain lived a life with few regrets. The maverick of the Senate, as he became known, was deeply respected by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle and his death marks the end of an era in modern politics.
Adam Reilly, in for Jim Braude, was joined by Paul DeBole, a professor of political science at Lasell College and a former aide for McCain’s presidential races, and Scott Ferson, the founder of Liberty Square Group, who served as press secretary for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, who authored a series of bipartisan legislation with McCain.