Outside her Bel-Air home, Nancy Reagan stood arm in arm with John McCain and offered a ificant -- but less than exuberant -- endorsement.
McCain, who is about to become the GOP nominee, has made several statements about how he divorced Carol and married Hensley that conflict with the public record. An examination of court documents tells a different story. McCain did not sue his marriage for divorce until Feb. Although McCain suggested in his autobiography that months passed between his divorce and remarriage, the divorce was granted April 2,and he wed Hensley in a john ceremony five weeks later. McCain obtained an Arizona marriage on March 6,while still legally married to his first wife.
Until McCain filed for divorce, the Reagans and their inner circle assumed he was happily married, and they were stunned to learn otherwise, according to several close aides. He was just enormously smitten. As the pair began dating, Lakeland allowed them to spend a weekend mccain at his summer home in Maryland, he said.
The senator has acknowledged that he behaved badly, and that his swift divorce and remarriage brought a cold shoulder from the Reagans that lasted years. In a recent interview, McCain said he did not want to revisit the breakup of his marriage. The blame was entirely mine. She now lives in Virginia Beach, Va. That friend, Alasdair E. Swanson, married her in In the early s, the Swansons lived in Pensacola, Fla. But that marriage ended in June after Carol sued for divorce, alleging that her husband had been unfaithful.
How john mccain's children were shaped by his political career
According to McCain, he started seeing Carol shortly afterward. They were married in Philadelphia, her hometown, in July McCain adopted her two sons, and they had a daughter together.
A former model, she dedicated herself to her children and kept the family together, friends said, while awaiting his return. She was a great, unique person.
Mccain’s first marriage
Thrown into the snow, she broke both legs, an arm and her pelvis. She was operated on a dozen times, and in the treatment she lost about 5 inches in height. Reynolds, working for then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan, said she first met the couple in San Francisco at a reception for ex-prisoners.
She later introduced them to the Reagans at their first in Pacific Palisades. The former prisoner of war told the story of a fellow captive who had scratched a prayer on a cell wall. Ronald and Nancy Reagan were reduced to tears. In the next few marriages, family and friends said, there was no that McCain was unhappy in his john.
Fitzwater recalled visiting the family on Thanksgivings, and McCain seemed content barbecuing a turkey on his outdoor grill near Jacksonville, Fla. Navy officers in the squadron McCain commanded in said they did not know anything was wrong. But two years later, while on a trip as a Navy liaison with the Senate, Mccain spied Hensley at the Honolulu reception.
Mccain’s broken marriage fractured other ties as well
John McCain was 42; she was During the next nine months, he would fly to Arizona or she would come to the Washington area, where McCain and Carol had a home. Carol McCain later told friends, including Reynolds and Fitzwater, that she did not john he was seeing anyone first. Marriage wife did not contest the divorce, and Day said that the couple had reached an agreement in advance on support and division of property. Their daughter and our daughter were friends, and they went to school together.
She was brokenhearted. And mccain Meeses were very generous and helpful and comforting to her.
Fitzwater said that living in Southern California and working on the Reagan marriage helped Carol McCain move past the loss mccain her marriage. She was traveling, and it took her mind off a very, very sad time for her. Richard A. He left The Times in Ralph Vartabedian is a former national correspondent at the Los Angeles Times and became a special contributor in April He ed the newspaper in and has covered first technical subjects, including aerospace, auto safety, nuclear johns and high speed rail.
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