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HBO announces date, title for McCain documentary

Greg Nash

An upcoming HBO documentary on Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) now has a title and release date.

“John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls” will debut on May 28, the premium cable network announced Tuesday. The premiere of the documentary — which is produced and directed by Emmy winner Peter Kunhardt — is timed to coincide with Memorial Day.

The title, according to the doc’s creators, was inspired by McCain’s love of Ernest Hemingway’s 1940 novel, which the Vietnam War POW has reportedly used as a guide for his life.

{mosads}“I think all of us think about death, but I think more about life,” the 2008 GOP presidential nominee said in an HBO news release.

The six-term senator was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer last summer. McCain, 81, agreed to participate in the film shortly after his July 2017 diagnosis and is said to have given “unprecedented access” to filmmakers.

“There are so many days in my life that are more than coincidental that it has made me believe that I am here for a reason. I’ve been tested on a number of occasions,” McCain said.

“I haven’t always done the right thing. And I think I understand, given my family’s history and given my experiences, the important thing is not to look back and figure out all the things I should have done — and there’s lots of those — but to look back with gratitude,” he said.

“You will never talk to anyone that is as fortunate as John McCain.”

Reports this past week said former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush are expected to give eulogies at McCain’s eventual funeral. Those close to the Arizona Republican have said they plan to have Vice President Pence attend the event — but not President Trump.

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