35 Years Later, McCain Has the ‘Same Iron Will'

By:  Mitch McConnell
Date: March 15, 2008
Location: Louisville, KY


35 Years Later, McCain Has the ‘Same Iron Will'

Senator John McCain has shown the same commitment to principle and devotion to country as Lieutenant Commander McCain did decades earlier

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement Saturday regarding the 35th anniversary of Sen. John McCain's release from the "Hanoi Hilton" where he was held for more than five years as a prisoner of war:

"Today marks an important anniversary in the life of a man I have had the honor of working with in the Senate for more than two decades. At a time when millions of his generation were caught up in the haze of a counter-culture back home, John McCain was proving his character in a foreign prison camp. Despite torture, broken and re-broken limbs, sickness, and despair, John McCain did not yield. He refused special treatment, and he refused to shame his country or to trade his fellow POWs' morale for early release.

"Senator John McCain has shown the same commitment to principle and devotion to country as Lieutenant Commander McCain did decades earlier, and the same iron will. So today, as we recognize the 35th anniversary of his release, I want to thank John once again for his heroic service to America. He has served his country with honor. I appreciate his service to our country and to the Senate."