The passing of Senator John McCain reminded me of why I feel proud to be a Republican. Beginning in 1980, the GOP fielded nine presidential nominees, each of whom displayed exemplary patriotism and fundamental decency.
Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush both ran for president three times, and Bob Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney campaigned for the White House two times each. Win or lose, these candidates won respect—even affection—from those who opposed them as well as from supporters.
Despite many disagreements over policy, the bi-partisan praise for Senator McCain for noble service to his country reflects his noble character. May the current incumbent work to earn the same sort of honor and admiration for his conduct in the presidency, and may the Republican Party continue to exemplify the principled tradition of “character counts.”