Read John McCain's farewell statement

The late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTime to start planning for the 2020 presidential transition Meghan McCain posts Veterans Day tribute to father Longtime McCain aide blasts ‘despicable’ GOP claim that Dems are trying to steal Arizona Senate race MORE (R-Ariz.) said in a statement released by his family on Monday that it was a privilege to serve his fellow Americans and Arizonans.

"I have tried to serve our country honorably," the six-term senator and former GOP presidential nominee said.

"I have made mistakes, but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them," McCain said.


“I lived and died a proud American,” he said, adding that the nation’s greatness is weakened “when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe.

"We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been."

McCain died late Saturday after being diagnosed with brain cancer a little more than a year ago.

Read his complete statement below.

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