SPECIAL EDITION OF '20/20' LOOKS BACK ON THE LEGENDARY LIFE AND CAREER OF JOHN MCCAIN
'John McCain: Remembering A Maverick' Airs on a Special Edition of '20/20' on the West Coast, Saturday, Sept. 1 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m. PDT), on ABC
Following the death of Senator John McCain who had been battling aggressive brain cancer since last year, a special edition of "20/20" gives an in-depth look at his legendary public, professional and personal life. The special features footage from the ABC News archives including a 1967 interview with McCain when he was a Lieutenant Commander in the Vietnam War and interviews with anchors Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters and more. The hour includes heartfelt tributes from those who knew him well including Senator Lindsey Graham; David Petraeus, former director of the CIA; William Cohen, former senator; Mark Salter, speechwriter who worked closely with McCain; Elaine Povich, who wrote multiple biographies on McCain; and more. "John McCain: Remembering A Maverick" airs on a special edition of "20/20" only on the West Coast, Saturday, Sept. 1 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m. PDT), on ABC. (Rebroadcast. ABC OAD: 8/25/18)
McCain spent his legendary life serving his country, spending three decades in the United States Senate and a quarter century in the Navy. While flying bombing missions over North Vietnam, he was shot down, captured and tortured, surviving nearly six years as a prisoner of war. When McCain returned home, he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart, but yet he always denied being a hero. McCain's storied political career began in 1982 as a congressman in Tempe, Arizona. In 1987, he switched to the Senate, which he had a lasting impact on. He became known as a maverick, frequently voting against the common view of his Republican party. McCain passed away at the age of 81 surrounded by family near his Sedona, Arizona, home.
"20/20" is anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach. David Sloan is senior executive producer.