FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, pauses as his wife, Cindy McCain, looks at him on stage after giving his victory speech as he announces his win over Democratic challenger Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, in Phoenix. The family of the late Sen. John McCain says they want to build a library on land donated by Arizona State University to house his archives and provide a “gathering place” for respectful dialogue. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

McCain's family fights to define legacy of civility, service

August 21, 2019 - 4:10 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain's family is asking Americans to reach out to one another and agree to disagree in honor of the late senator's commitment to civility in public life.

The family is making the request near the anniversary of McCain's death from brain cancer. It's part of the family's effort to define his legacy in an era of harsh exchanges over politics on social media and cable television.

McCain's widow, Cindy, says Arizona State University has donated about 26 acres (11 hectares) in Tempe, Arizona, for a library that the McCains hope will be a national "gathering place" for civil discourse.

The counterprogramming this week contrasts with President Donald Trump's style. Trump continues to complain at rallies about McCain's 2017 vote that sank the Republican rewrite of the Affordable Care Act.

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