McCain thanks midshipmen for their sacrifice to nation

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., delivers remarks at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (Source: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., delivers remarks at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (Source: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
WASHINGTON (AP) -

Republican Sen. John McCain on Monday gratefully thanked U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen for sacrificing for fellow Americans "who won't be asked to make sacrifices for you."

With a mix of humor and pathos, the six-term Arizona senator returned to his alma mater to speak to the Brigade of Midshipmen and field a few questions at the academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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McCain, 81, described himself as an "undistinguished member of the class of 1958" who now stands as the "luckiest guy you'll ever know."

His message to the midshipmen: "Do the right thing, thanks or no thanks."

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Given a chance Monday night to answer additional questions, McCain joked, "as many questions as you want, since we're not doing anything in the Senate."

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