McCain died Saturday at the age of 81 at his ranch near Sedona, Arizona. Like Carter, he was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who went from a military career to a life in politics. And he served with high distinction in both arenas, Carter pointed out in a statement in which he and his wife also sent their sympathy to McCain’s family.
“Americans will be forever grateful for his heroic military service and for his steadfast integrity as a member of the United States Senate,” the 93-year-old former president said. “ Rosalynn and I extend our sincere condolences to Senator McCain’s family and to the people of Arizona whom he represented so forthrightly for so many years.”