Statement from James A. Baker III on death of John McCain

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Jeff Falk

Statement from James A. Baker III on death of John McCain

HOUSTON – (Aug. 27, 2018) – The following is a statement from former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, honorary chair of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, on U.S. Sen. John McCain, who died Aug. 25.

Then-presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., holds a town hall forum at Rice’s Baker Institute in February 2008. Courtesy of the Baker Institute

“John McCain was a true American patriot and hero whose sacrifices for his nation were not only of the highest order, they provide a reminder that each of us has a duty to make our democracy the best it can be. His bravery during military service was matched by his determination as a senator to craft legislation that could be accepted on both sides of our political divide. My wife, Susan, joins me in sending our best wishes to his wife Cindy McCain, his family and everyone associated with this great American, who will be greatly missed.”

Baker was the nation’s 61st secretary of state, from 1989 to 1992.

Then presidential-candidate McCain visited the Baker Institute in February 2008 for a town hall forum.


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.