Cindy McCain: To honor late senator, ‘Fight for a greater cause’
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Cindy McCain, the widow of Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMartha McSally fundraises off 'liberal hack' remark to CNN reporter Meghan McCain blasts NY Times: 'Everyone already knows how much you despise' conservative women GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials MORE (R-Ariz.), penned an op-ed in USA Today published Friday calling on Americans to honor her husband’s legacy with action in their own lives.

“This was the essence of John McCain’s message to our nation: that we must join together, shaped by our deepest values of liberty, equal justice and respect for the dignity of all people, hardened by unwavering courage and integrity, and step into the arena to fight for a greater cause,” she wrote. 


“[I]t is now up to us — all of us — to get into the arena and fight. Each of us must do something to fight for a greater cause. We can lead, we can support, we can contribute, we can donate — but we must do something,” she added. 

She urged people to join The McCain Institute, a think tank based in Arizona that has five core programs surrounding “next generation leaders,” “international rule of law & security,” “combatting human trafficking,” “human rights & democracy” and “counterterrorism & national security.”

McCain was deeply involved in foreign policy issues during his 31 years in the Senate.

The former GOP presidential nominee and Senate Armed Services chairman died on Aug. 25 about a year after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was 81 years old. 

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) appointed former Sen. Jon Kyl (R) to fill McCain's seat in the Senate.