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amy klobuchar. traveled all over the world including a return trip to vietnam. thanks for joining us on this difficult morning for his friends and family. you had the opportunity -- >> thanks, jake. >> to see him just a few weeks ago. tell us about that. >> what it was like. >> my husband and i saw cindy and john and he was pretty fragile but he was still his ee rasible stuff, yelling things when things came up on the tv, telling me his views on things. but there was this moment, i had brought a few of his books with me and i don't know what i thought were going to talk them through, he pointed to a sentence from one of his books and itself, nothing in life is more liberating than fight for a cause larger than yourself. and that's john mccain, whether
it was his decision as a pow to allow others to be released before him because he didn't want to have special treatment, whether it was the way he was in the senate standing up for immigrants and health care, whether it was the way the resiliency after the presidential race where he could have gone home and given up but instead went back to the senate and did his work, mentored young senators like myself, taught us how to act on the world stage. always making sure he had women in the front and his mom to cindy and to his daughter meghan. and that was a big part of him and those are lessons he passed on to so many people in politics and in that way his legal egacy live on. >> the way he's being honored this morning last night, the way he will be honored in the coming
weeks is almost the same way and to the same level as a president would be honored and yet he was a mere senator. what is it about him that is causing this pouring forth of tributes from people in the political world from democrats such as yourself from former as verse sarryes such as obama and bush. why all this recognition for him? >> he had a joy about politics and a love for his country that was unmatched. and while he never made it to the presidency, in the senate, he was the leader that would see a hot spot in the world and say we need to go there and stand up for that democracy. i remember just about a year and a half ago new year's eve spending that time, something kelly has done as well with lindsey graham and with john mccain on the front lawn with
president poroshenko he knew it was a moment in time and wanted to show russia america stood with independent democracy like ukraine. he did that, he went every play, every place that no one else would go, to stand up for america and in that way, he was a leader like no other but i think part of the moment that people don't always realize about him just this humor he had, this joy for his work and that's anyone that worked with him, experienced that. so yes, it's about patriotism but it's also about personal friendship. >> we also remember john mccain as a devoted dad, every time i saw him he started talking about meghan, jack, jimmy, bridget, doug, andy, cindy, his children, so proud of them. meghan mccain wrote this in a statement after her father passed. i was with my father at his end as he was with me at my beginning and in the 33 years we
shared together he raised me, taught me corrected me and comforted me and encouraged me in all things. i love him and he loved me. all i am is thanks to him. you can tell how much he meant to her. tell us about john mccain the dad. >> well, if you ever get that honor of being at their ranch and income in her house, you see everywhere scrap books of their family. i think people kind of -- because he was such a maverick, people thought of him on his own and see cindy sometimes but he loved his family. i don't think it's a surprise that he spent those last months of his life in sedona that ranch he loved because his family was also there. his neighbors the olivers that he loved that knew for so long, he had this whole family around him. and what was interesting about it, he took that same concept of honor to his family and really brought that to the senate. so when you traveled with him,
yeah, you would have fancy dinners with ambassadors and heads of state but he would also always make sure that the group, including the staff would be together almost every night. so we could spend time together and talk about what happened. even though he spent his life traveling all over the world he always believed that there was no place like home. for him, that was his ranch in arizona. and that was not only because of the beauty around him, the oasis but also because that is the oasis he spent time with his family. >> thank you so much in spending your time with us this morning and reflecting on the loss of why are friend. our deepest condolences to you. >> thank you, jake. >> i want to go to kelly ai don't think yotte. many know him the statesman, public figure but he described you as his friend when he left the senate and in many ways you stepped into joe lieberman's
shoes and three amight os, whats he like to have as a friend? >> an incredible friend. for me, not only was a dear friend but a mentor and took me under his wing and armed services committee and first of all hang out with john mccain, he has the most wonderful sense of humor. always cracking jokes. obviously he's tough as nails. incredibly bright, so strong and courageous but to his friends, we loved his sense of humor, his optimism. he was always getting ready for the next fight because he was fighting for people who couldn't fight for themselves and traveling around the world with him, he always stood any time there was a member of our military serving somewhere, he would go visit anyone who was oo pressed around the world as you know, just a champion for human rights and for people around the world.
>> i want to play a clip for you, it's from 2016 after you lost why are re-election bid for the senate. >> there are many qualities that are important to being a good senator but none in my opinion is more important than standing firm for what you believe. that is what senator ayotte has done. i have cherished the friendship and partnership of senator kelly ayotte, the kindness and courtesy she extended to her colleagues has made this institution a better place. >> what goes through your mind when you hear those words today? >> what goes through my mind is i was at the ranch with john and cindy in the spring. and you know, he was mentoring me then. we had a long talk sitting -- overlooking the beautiful river there in sedon a and john said to me you know kelly, whatever
you do, whatever you go on to do, do the right thing, and that's what goes through my mind. just, you know, that's how he lived his life. and what also goes through my mind is the legacy that john has in terms of inspiring future generations of leaders and many who serve in the senate in terms of america's role in the world and standing up to do the right thing. >> one of the things that he did that he felt was the right thing was standing up to president trump when president trump crosses lines in his view having to do with u.s. alliances, having to do with basic decency. that's something that you know a little bit about. many people think if you had embraced president trump more you would have won in 2016 in new hampshire. was that something that you and he discussed ever, the difficulty of standing up to somebody who is the president or the nominee for the party in your case? >> well, with john he stood up
always for what he believed in and whoever was in the corner office he would disagree with them when he thought that they weren't acting in the best interest of america. the thing i think about today is about john and i think about i hope that his passing is a calling for more decency, integrity and honor in our politics because that's what john stood for and that's really what his legacy is. >> decency, integrity and honor, that would be nice. senator ayotte, thank you so much for coming today and sharing your remembrances of your friend. our deepest condolences to you. >> thank you very much, jake. one of senator mccain's final acts as a public servant was to call on president trump to stand up to vladimir putin in helsinki. coming up next, one of the top democrats in the house investigating russian meddling, congressman adam schiff, will share his memories of the senator and talk about the last week we just had. week we just had. stay with us.
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while many republicans remain silent on president trump's summit with vladimir putin one of the most powerful statements came from a dying senator john mccain who slammed president trump's inability to stand up to putin as a tragic mistake. joining me now is congressman adam schiff of california. congressman, i know you traveled a great deal with senator mccain. i know you knew him. and also at one point last year you said that you were disappointed because you thought there would be more john mccains in congress. what did you mean by that and did you ever discuss that with him? >> well, he was such a great example of strength and courage and dedication to our democracy that i would have thought any number of house republicans in particular would have followed his example. and i raised this with him once, we were appearing jointly on a panel and before we went on i remarked to him how much i admired him and how disappointed i was that there didn't seem to be a single republican in the house who felt they had a constituency to be the john mccain of the house.
and he looked at me and he said, well, if there isn't, they will be calling you chairman. and it was a classic kind of blunt john mccain comment and one of the reasons why i think he won over people on both sides of the aisle with his whit, with his candor, but also with his sense of humor. i have to tell you that was one thing i didn't really appreciate about senator mccain until i traveled with him is just how funny he is. he used to introduce by saying this is adam schiff, he is a good guy who gets things like about zero percent of the time. even lindsey graham who he loved more than anyone else in the congress used to introduce by saying this is lindsey graham, everyone knows lindsey, few people like him. that was the kind of way john would introduce you and, you know, it was just an honor to be in his presence and to watch the kind of respect world leaders had for him, to watch the way he
struck up such an easy relationship demeanor with others. it was a treat to be around him. >> i know that if he were here he would be telling me don't only talk about me with adam schiff a lot happened in the news this week and you need to talk about it. he believed intensely in the oversight responsibilities of the congress when it came to the executive branch, even if many of his republican colleagues have forgotten about that obligation. so let me ask you in that vein, michael cohen said this week under oath that president trump when he was a candidate directed him to violate federal election laws. what's your take on that? >> well, this is pretty serious business. i mean, this is the first witness who under oath has basically said during a guilty plea that he was part of a criminal conspiracy with the president of the united states. these were no inconsequential bookkeeping campaign finance errors. it wasn't like they inadvertently made a contribution slightly in excess of the limit.
this was a planned out solicitation essentially of a corporate contribution or a payment well in excess, hundreds of thousands of dollars of the limits, and in an area that could very well have been decisive in the election, that is to keep from the public information that allegations that the president had an affair with a porn star, for example, to keep that from the public weeks before the election. that could have been determinative in such a close race. so it's serious business. i think we're going to have to look at that evidence in its totality as we learn more and we get a report ultimately from bob mueller about what the consequences of all that are. >> so you have argued in "the new york times" opinion piece in may that impeachment of president trump will be more difficult politically if it seems like democrats were hoping to impeach president trump all along. it seems pretty clear that a lot of democrats believe that there are now grounds for impeachment
based on this michael cohen plea agreement in which he admits to committing felonies and two of them he says he did in coordination with and at the direction of then candidate trump, but it also seems as though democrats don't want to talk about impeachment because it might hurt your ability to win back the house in november. >> well, it's not just, i think, that democrats don't want to talk about impeachment. i think as a matter of our constitutional responsibility we have to look candidly at what is the evidence and what does that mean and what does that say in terms of weather we've reached the point of high crimes and misdemeanors, but i don't think we should be talking about it and embracing before we have seen the full body of evidence. as a former prosecutor i like to know all the facts before i make a judgment and the reality is impeachment is a political standard. impeachment is at any given time what half of the house and two-thirds of the senate say it
is. and given the dearth of people in the gop who are willing to say anything about this president's conduct, i think you're going to need a really powerful case to entertain that kind of a sanction. jake, look what happened after the president started attacking his own attorney general for not getting rid of bob mueller and persecuting his political rivals. you had two prominent gop senators say, well, if he wants to get rid of the ag we will help him get a new one but let's wait until after the midterms. that is not something you would have ever heard john mccain say. i was proud to see ben sasse take issue with that. that was very john mccain-like. we need people like john mccain now more than ever. >> i want to ask you about your party when it comes to accusations of hacking. senator bill nelson, democrat of florida, has been under scrutiny for his claims russians hacked the florida electoral systems.
there is no evidence of that that we have seen. the dnc this week said that it had been hacked when it was really just a test by a state organization. are some democrats being too careless in public about accusations of hacking, sensitive national security matters? >> well, look, i think that everyone is really on razor's edge right now wondering is the other shoe going to fall in terms of russian intervention in the midterms. it is certainly our expectation from the top intelligence officers of the country on down that the russians never stopped interfering, at least not on social media. that they certainly according to microsoft and facebook are at it once again. so i think all of us are really
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u. presidents who defended him, one in the primaries and general preventing them from holding the office forever, as mccain planned his federal services, sources told cnn, both barack obama and president george w. bush had be asked to deliver eulogies. joining me now, douglas brinkley and former adviser to senator john mccain. let me start with you. you worked closely with mccain and senior media adviser for much of his run for president in 2008. there's a moment you recently wrote about in the daily beast when he turned to you, he bent over and you realized he needed help to comb his hair. tell us about that.
>> thanks, jake. first of all, my hats off to senator mccain and the mccain family. there were so many powerful moments it was, you know, such an honor to spend any time around senator mccain, but one of the first times i was out with him was when his campaign had kind of collapsed and there were a few of us that stuck around as volunteers and i think it was up in new hampshire. i was doing every role, i was press guy, travel aide, what have you. when i went to go with him, whoever was with him before me gave me a black bag and i didn't really understand what that was for and i looked in it and i saw that there were some grooming tools like a hair brush, and i still didn't really get it until we got to the event and the van pulled up so that we could get out on the side of the van where the crowd couldn't see us and senator mccain, you know, this decorated war hero comes over to me and bends over in supplication and i realized at that moment he couldn't raise his arms above his shoulder to comb his hair because his arms had been broken so many times as a pow, as a prisoner of war.
just to see the humility of that moment of that war hero, he goes to go into the crowd and i turned around and started weeping it was so powerful. >> doug, let me ask you this was a man who famously did not become president twice, but there are few politicians, i would even posit even some presidents who haven't risen or didn't rise to the level of prominence in admiration that senator mccain has. put that in perspective, if you would. >> it's a good way of putting it because mccain is something larger than a politician. he is a folk hero. we honor him for his vietnam service, the fact that he spent that five and a half years in a pow camp, was tortured, beaten, and yet came out stronger. and he became our kind of promoter all over the world of the values of american democracy.
his disdain of tyranny and he ceaseless on that
but did it with an incredible sense of humor. the late tom wolf who wrote the famous book "the right stuff" about the mercury astronauts was looking, what is that quality of the right stuff in a certain particular military person going to space back in the early '60s. the right stuff is john mccain. he had it all, duty, honor, country, the patriotism, his idealism and belief in the love of this country and that theodore roosevelt sense of the great american outdoors. senator mccain's love of the grand canyon and hiking and where he passed in sedona, that beautiful part of the country, that landscape was part of him. too, he always was a man of the west. >> and, mark, when you signed up to help john mccain run for president in 2007-2008 there was
a caveat with your service, you told him that if he won the nomination and barack obama won the nomination, you didn't want to work against barack obama. ultimately both men won the nomination, you said you didn't want to be the tip of the spear attacking obama. what happened when you went to mccain and said, okay, i've got to go? >> well, it was an unusual arrangement. senator mccain asked me to work on the campaign and of course i was honored to do that, but i had met senator obama and i thought his candidacy was going to be good for the country. i disagreed with a lot of his politics and was 100% for mccain, so i told mccain that if they were both nominated that i would feel uncomfortable in that position, didn't think i would be the right person to do it anyway. mccain said, okay, whatever, because nobody ever thought that was going to happen at the time, particularly with obama.
so i wrote it in a memo to memorialize it to pin my own wings to the wall because i thought i would chicken out if mccain won the nomination. sure enough it happened so i walked in with the memo to senator mccain and he shook his head and he grabbed me and hugged me and he said, listen, mckinnon, i appreciate you helping me get where i am today, but it would be very unmccain-like not to keep your word. good bless you and good luck. >> senator mccain has been planning his own funeral services over the last year, he requested presidents bush and obama, the two men who prevented him from being president, they are going to eulogize him. does this surprise you or is this perfectly keeping in character? and put it in the context also of mccain making it clear that he does not want the current president to attend. >> oh, by all means. john mccain really had one big request and that's that donald trump doesn't show up at his funeral.
he had really no respect or liking for president trump. they are very different personalities, but the straw that broke the camel's back was helsinki for john mccain, an arch cold warrior and turned great skeptic of putin, to watch donald trump grovel to vladimir putin in helsinki, i mean, that was unacceptable to john mccain. but, you know, gerald ford had jimmy carter give his eulogy. this happens. what the point is is that mccain respected george w. bush and barack obama in the end. he was a bipartisan man in spirit, mccain, at his wedding to cindy he had william cohen the republican from maine and gary hart the senator from colorado as his groomsmen. so it's part and parcel to with his believing that he knew how to pick who are the best and the brightest in america and that includes obama and bush and it's fitting that they will be there at the memorial services. >> and, mark, one of the reasons i think this feels like such a
gut punch to so many of us, including both of you, is that the environment that we are in right now. i wouldn't exactly say it's a pride of lions in the senate these days and mccain tried to stand for bipartisanship and decency, straight talk and we have the exact opposite of that in a lot of quarters. >> well, that's what really hit me, jake. you know, the news was expected, we through that this disease was going to take the senator at some point. we wished not this early. but when i heard it, of course, immediately i missed the man, but i also had just this overwhelming sense how much we are going to miss his voice. we are just going to miss his voice in washington, we're going to miss it in american politics, we're going to miss it in the world stage. we're going to miss the man, going to miss his principle. for a lot of young politicos and inspiring journalists and others in the public policy arena he represented and ideal. also a lot of people have said
on the program today, jake, he was so much fun. i had the honor of working for president bush and senator mccain, i love them both but their operations were so different. working with george bush was like working in the royal british navy, working with john mccain was like working with the pirates of caribbean. >> mark mckinon, doug brinkley, thanks for being here this morning. we appreciate it. >> thanks, jake. how senator mccain wanted his country to remember him. his own words during one of his final interviews, that's next. ♪ now t-mobile has unlimited for the rest of us. unlimited for you. for them. for all. get unlimited for as low at 30 bucks per line for four lines at t-mobile. we really pride ourselves on making it easy for you >> tech: at safelite autoglass, to get your windshield fixed. with safelite, you can see exactly when we'll be there. saving you time for what you love most. >> kids: whoa! >> kids vo: ♪ safelite repair, safelite replace ♪
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he was just beginning to deal with the diagnosis for brain cancer that would ultimately end his life when senator john mccain sat down with me at this table almost one year ago for one of those final network interviews and his signature courage was on full display when i asked him about the horrific diagnosis. >> i'm very happy with my life. i'm very happy with what i've been able to do and there's two ways of looking at these things and one of them is to celebrate.
i am able to celebrate a wonderful life and i will be grateful for additional time that i have. >> we were talking about old memories, i covered the straight talk express, your campaign in 2000, i have a very vivid memory, one time we're flying on your airplane during that 2000 presidential race and you remember that plane was a bucket of bolts. that was an awful plane. >> it was on the cheap. >> and we were going through turbulence, it was bad turbulence, people on the plane were scared, i was scared, you were standing in the aisle holding a glass of vodka, i think, and we were saying, they can't kill me in a plane. i can't be killed in a plane, because obviously you had survived a number of plane crashes as a navy pilot. does this face-off with mortality feel different than previous ones you have faced? >> the other ones i had much more control obviously. i was flying the airplane, you
know. although the melanoma was similar to this, but it's -- it's similar in that the challenges are very significant obviously, but everything so far has gone very, very well, and i'm very grateful. i've had no side effects, no nothing except frankly an increased level of energy. i want to thank the doctors and the nurses and the attendants and all of those who inflicted so much pain on me. i didn't know i had any blood left, but i'd like to thank them for their wonderful care. they're wonderful people. >> last question on health and then we will move on to issues. that is you went through chemo and radiation to fight this cancer. when do you find out if it worked? >> on monday we will take an mri, but so far all indications are very good. but again, i'm not trying to paint this as a rosy picture. this is a very virulent form of
cancer. it has to be fought against. we have new technologies which i won't bother you with -- with the details of that make chances much better, but, jake, you know, every life has to end one way or another. i think it was a playwright -- i will think of his name in a minute, he said i always knew that no one could live forever but i thought there might be one exception. you've got to have joy. joy. listen, those joyful memories of the campaign in 2000 are some of the most enjoyable times of my life. we were the underdogs, we were fighting our way up, we went to sedona, i remember -- i mean, everything was so magic about that campaign and i'm very grateful for having the opportunity. remember, i'm the guy that stood fifth from the bottom of his class at the naval academy. >> how do you want the american people to remember you? >> he served his country. and not always right. made a lot of mistakes. made a lot of errors. but served his country and i
hope we could add honorably. >> i think that we can say honorably. >> our last interview with senator john mccain almost one year ago at this very table. my panel is here with me. congressman, you are a democrat, you are in the house, as opposed to senator mccain, republican in the senate, but this seems like a loss that all of congress will feel. >> i think it's a loss our whole country will feel. i was in college when senator mccain was first elected, but even for people who didn't know him personally or maybe work with him directly, he was an example to the country of someone who put country first, displayed tremendous courage, incredible integrity. loved his work. passionately believed in the issues that he fought for, but did it in a way that preserved our democracy and strengthened our democracy. i think he is an example to all of us particularly in this moment of what it means to be a statesman, not a politician, because he put our country first, served our country, did it with great courage, spoke his
mind and i think that's an example and inspiration for everyone and we should honor his legacy by conducting ourselves that way. >> senator mccain was popular in his home state of arizona and as a national figure very popular, but among republicans nationally he had a higher disapproval rating than he had an approval rating. some of that is because he would buck his party, vote against the repeal of obamacare but there are other reasons for it, too. >> yeah, and i think he was coming at the tail end of a time when among the republican party the base voters there was a yearning for nonestablishment types and he represented the establishment. the happy side of that is that he made friendships there. i don't think anybody conditioning of john mccain in the senate without thinking of the three amigos, joe lieberman, lindsey graham and i hope that people look at that memory and realize it's okay to have friendships, it's okay to fight for your values, but yet be friends at the end of the day
because when i served in the senate as a staffer there was very little of that and maybe we will return in the name of john mccain. >> coren, obviously you disagreed with senator mccain on most policy issues, although not all, he did attempt to forge compromises with immigration status and when uma abedin was being slimed he stood up on the floor of the senate and stood against that. what does he mean to you? >> senator mccain is someone who i admire his service to this country, he is an american hero without a doubt. i admired his strength and conviction and this country would be better with more john mccains. washington, d.c. would be better with more john mccains. i want to send my prayers out to his wife, his children and the rest of his family. i can't imagine what they're going through in this tough time. you mentioned how he really
stood up for important issues. i remember a year ago, july 25th, when he had that dramatic display one of the most dramatic days we have seen on the u.s. senate floor where he did a thumbs down ending kind of that like that final approach of republicans trying to end -- end -- end obamacare, repeal obamacare. at that moment he was seen as a hero of the resistance, i don't think he ever thought that would be his place, but it was -- it showed courage, it showed certainly strength and then there is another moment that sticks with me which was when i was a campaign aide in 2008, the obamacare campaign. during the general elections really tough, and it's so negative and there is that video that's been shown a lot last few hours of a woman, his own supporter, really degrading and saying bigoted and hateful things about then senator barack obama and he stood up and you saw his character, his decency and he said, no, no, no, grabbed the microphone out of her hand and it changed his campaign that
moment. so that was a moment that i was like, wow, this is a different type of -- a different type of man. >> mark, what do you want president trump to do this week? obviously there was a lot of bad blood between him and mccain, we don't have to go into all of it right now. what would you advise president trump to do in terms of what he says about senator mccain. >> the president has expressed his condolences today, also asked that flags be flown at half mass. it's an opportunity to celebrate his amazing life and self-sacrifice for america. i think it's important to recognize that the president has surrounded himself with a lot of people who were very close to senator mccain. the vice president talks glowingly of his first trip to baghdad was with senator mccain, john kelly, close to mccain for a long time. mccain celebrated jim mattis as secretary of defense. when we reached out to mike pompeo he was traveling with john mccain to that nato conference at nova scotia. there are a lot of people around the president who have been
close to john mccain. this is an opportunity this week to celebrate his life. >> john bolton recalled when i interviewed him a few months ago that when his nomination to be u.n. ambassador was held up by democrats during the bush years, john mccain was offering emotional and rhetorical support for him. i do want to ask about what a lot of people think is missing in washington, which is this bipartisan spirit which is this notion that decency and character and agreeing with people -- agreeing with people's characters and respect even if you disagree with them on policy. has that died with john mccain? >> i hope not. i hope john mccain's life and the legacy that he leaves will be a reminder to all of us the ability to be -- you know, that you can be a passionate advocate, you can fight for healthcare, you can fight to raise family incomes, you can fight for legislation that will create good paying jobs and you can disagree about how you might achieve those objectives but you can disagree without making the
person your enemy. john mccain showed that in his life, the ability to work across the aisle to get things done for the american people. i hope rather than dying with john mccain it will be a reminder to all of us that the american people expect us to work together in a bipartisan way to get things done and to do what's best for our country and try to put your party or your own position second to what's best for the country. so i think people will see that john mccain's life epitomized that and he's going to be celebrated and honored and remembered for the great american hero he is and hopefully it will encourage others to recognize that that's the right path, to do what's right for the country, not your political party, to be able to argue forcefully and passionately but not be dis agreeing. >> where does his loss leave the party? >> i've been looking at note of people on the street and john mccain such a good time. i'm wondering where that seemed like a happier time. one of the reasons is because no one is looking at their phone,
they're looking at each other, interacting. in one of john mccain's last speeches he pled with people to stop listening to the loud mouths on the radio and tv and internet and to hell with them. maybe for one day to hell with them, put down your phones and talk to and connect with one another. >> cnn's special coverage of the life and legacy of john mccain will continue throughout the day including the cnn premiere of the documentary "john mccain for whom the bell tolls" that's tonight at 9:00 p.m. eastern. i will have a few final thoughts on john mccain. and now he's leaving us when washington may need him more than ever. thanks for watching. this is not a screensaver. this is the destruction of a cancer cell by the body's own immune system, thanks to medicine that didn't exist until now. and today can save your life. ♪ ♪
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the reality of his past, of what he did as a prisoner of war. as david foster wallace wrote in his april 2007 "rolling stone" mag profile, quote, the fact john mccain is a genuine hero of the only kind vietnam now has to offer, a hero not because of what he did but because of what he suffered voluntarily for a code. this gives him the moral authority, both to utter lines about causes beyond self-interest and to expect us, even in this age of spin and lawyerly cunning, to believe he means them. mccain spent a lifetimes aspirig to show he meant it. as we say good-bye this week, many of us feel as if we have lost something other than just a man. that may be not only because he tried to encourage us all to serve a cause greater than ourselves, it may be because he never stopped trying to be a better man. he never stopped trying to
become the man he wanted to be. we're all afraid of something, mccain wrote in his book "why courage matters." don't let the sensation of fear convince you that you're too weak to have courage. fear is the opportunity for courage, not proof of cowardice. we were meant to love and meant to have the courage for it, so be brave. the rest is easy. we're in an era right now of lies and indecency, of tribalism and nastiness. in this era, we lost someone who tried, tried to embody the opposite of those vicious impulses. his loss leaves a chasm in the public square. our thoughts today are especially with the senator's mother, roberta, his wife cindy, his children doug, andy, sidney, meghan, jack, jimmy, and bridget. god bless you all.
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