In the wake of his death, people have begun resharing a moment from his campaign in which he challenged the assertions of a speaker at a town hall event who said she didn't trust then-opponent Barack Obama.
I have been thinking about this John McCain moment from the 2008 campaign a lot lately. Even more so tonight. https://t.co/btPTrnztsi
I can't trust Obama. I have read about him and he's not, he's not uh — he's an Arab.
McCain took the microphone and replied:
He's a decent family man [and] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign's all about.
He's not [an Arab].
He earlier had said:
I have to tell you.
Sen. Obama is a decent person and a person you don’t have to be scared of as president of the United States
People have been sharing the incident both praising the attitude to adversarial politics that does not seek to demonise an opponent with false information (that he was born outside the country) something that many people feel Donald Trump is guilty of.
@kylegriffin1 McCain showed such goodness & gained my respect that day. Even though I voted for Obama, I knew if M… https://t.co/f4zLwVW6tZ