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my dad called me and told me i'm going to run for president, i wanted to give you the heads up, and i was like, great, and inside i'm like oh, no. it's -- i was very happy for him. and i think you could kind of see it coming that that was going to be his calling. >> america doesn't owe me anything. i am the son and grandsons of navy admirals, and i was born into america's service. it wasn't until i was deprived of her company that i fell in love with america, and it has
been my honor to serve her and her great cause, freedom. it is because i owe america more than she has ever owed me that i am a candidate for president of the united states. >> in the run-up to the 2000 campaign, there were lots of candidates. the one person that sort of stood over top of that entire field, you know, was george w. bush. >> we started out a decided underdog. we thought that the best way to campaign was to have total access to the media. that's what the straight talk express was all about. >> he wanted to do politics a different way. we had modeled the campaign on being completely transparent. and every day, 18 hours a day, john mccain would be surrounded by the press corps that was covering him in the back of that
bus, holding forth on every issue that was on the table. >> i'm against gun registration. >> why? >> because i don't think it's necessary in america. but obviously, as i've said before, we'd be glad to examine proposals. >> so the bus was this free wheeling exercise in public discourse. >> let's do a lightning round. >> okay. >> your favorite book? >> for whom the bell tolls. >> favorite movie. >> charlton hesston? >> marlon brando. >> close enough. >> how do you reconcile the fact that you were one of the most vocal critics of politics, but yet while you were chairman of the congress committee, that committee set a record for unauthorized appropriations. i was just kidding. no, i don't even know what that means.
>> the 2000 presidential campaign was the most fun i've ever had as a political journalist. everything was transparent so we got to see absolutely everything. >> now, what secret plan number is z27? >> the way to get mccain talking was to find somebody he didn't like, and just remind him of it. and so you get like 6:00 in the morning, senator, did you see what rick santorum said, oh, [ bleep ] asshole. his mouth would just go and he'd talk and talk and talk, who he didn't like, who he did like, and it was great. >> yes, he says the odds are long. but to someone who survived years of torture in solitary confinement, nothing seems impossible. >> some people have asked why i'm running for president of the united states. my wife says it's because i received several sharp blows to the head while i was in prison. >> is there a whispering campaign against john mccain,
absolutely there is not. the senators accused of spreading rumors that he returned from captivity in vietnam too unstable to be trusted with the presidency. but mccain's friend, democrat john kerry said he's heard the whispers. >> tacky, tawdry, petty. >> it was very important for us to stand up for the truth, for the reality of what was being done here. >> i picked up the phone and called him, i said, john, where do you want me? where do you want me? i will testify to your character before anyone in the country. you just tell me. and he started laughing. well you'd hurt me more than you'd help, joe, by testifying. >> well i was short tempered, i am in some ways, a perfectionist, and i want people around me to be that way so when they're not i get angry about it. why would you say something that stupid? why would you ask something that
dumb? >> i remember one time going into his office and walking in and he was screaming at someone and i was like, oh, my god, dad talks like that? >> you can be asshole one minute and your dearest friend the next, but the thing about him, you know he loves you. >> mccain thinks the release of his medical records have put to rest speculation that the years in prison camp made him unstable. some voters like hearing about his explosive temper. >> i'd rather have a man at the commander in chief with a temper than a wuss in office. >> i was kind of the presumptive heir to the nomination. i never ran scared i was going to lose. but i knew john would be a tough competitor. >> nobody was supposed to beat george w. bush. but if you could actually beat him in a primary, it could create enormous momentum. so the whole idea was just win in new hampshire, and start the campaign basically from there. >> he had these town halls everywhere, where he took any questions, and they let him go for as long as people wanted to ask him questions.
>> i will do as we have been doing all over the state of new hampshire, and that is to respond to your questions, comments and occasional insults that you might have. >> new hampshire's all about retail politics. they want to see you. not just once, but two or three times. they want to touch you. they want to ask you questions. and john's really good at that. and he likes it. he loves it. >> i'd like to introduce our four children, megan, jack, jimmy and bridget mccain who are here. >> i was a freshman in high school, and i just remember that all the sudden he was super famous. >> we were getting a lot of coverage and that was drawing crowds to the town halls and they were getting bigger and bigger and bigger and spilling out into the streets and you could just sense something was happening. >> the last event we did was in bedford, new hampshire and i went upstairs and gave him the
exit polls and he was in the bedroom rehearsing the speech. i said i got the exit polls. and he said what are they, and i said you're going to win. and he said, yeah, how much? you're going to clobber him. well, that has implications. i said, yeah, like, you could be president, it has that implication. >> i remember just the hotel going crazy, just people everywhere, crying and screaming on this elation. because he whipped george bush's ass. >> my friends, in the weeks and months ahead i may say things you want to hear and i may say
things you don't want to hear. but you will always -- you will always hear the truth from me, no matter what. >> well, first of all, i was surprised. i thought i was going to whip him. of course, he thought he was going to whip me. it was a turning point for me because he outworked me and he had a better message for new hampshire. and so i told my team, look, let's view this as a blessing, not a defeat. and for that i'm thankful. because i needed to show people i could get off the mat. >> wait a minute, michael, i will be glad to examine that proposal. but i also hope -- >> everybody knew in the bush campaign and the mccain campaign that whoever came out of south carolina was likely to be the nominee of the party. >> i'm glad to be back down here. i want you to know, loud and clear, we're going into battle. >> new hampshire's campaign was basically void of a lot of negative campaigning. by the time we got to south carolina, it was bare knuckle politics. >> this is george bush's ad promising america he'd run a positive campaign. >> we were running negative ads against george bush, george bush was running negative ads against john mccain.
>> governor bush's tax plan isn't true, and mccain knows it. >> it was the fight of the century. >> the war of words between george w. bush and john mccain is heating up even further as they battle for votes in south carolina. mccain is accusing the bush campaign of making misleading phone calls to voters. >> governor george w. bush still denies anyone in his campaign is making negative phone calls. but mccain's supporters are pointing to a conversation videotaped on saturday between governor bush and a supporter in south carolina. they claim it shows the governor promising more negative attacks on mccain. >> you all haven't even hit his soft spot? somebody needs to. >> the phone calls went out all over south carolina, do you know the mccains have a black baby? >> john and cindy had adopted from one of mother teresa's orch orphanages, in bangladesh,
a baby daughter, a person of color. and people were getting calls that they were saying she was his illegitimate daughter with an african-american prostitute. >> i just remember it getting really dark really fast. last time it was truly innocent in politics was before that happened. >> in south carolina, proof that negative campaigning works. mccain's supporters dropped ten points in less than two weeks. the mccain town hall meeting on thursday. so the 14-year-old boy scout answered the phone call allegedly for a bush pollster. >> he was so upset when he came upstairs and he said, mom, someone told me that senator mccain is a cheat and a liar and a fraud. and he was almost in tears. >> are you saying that governor bush was responsible for that call? >> i don't know who was responsible for it, but i know that the attacks go on. >> he accused me of dirty campaigning, and i pulled out some flier and it said paid for by john mccain.
this is an attack piece. >> this is not by my campaign. >> it says paid for by john mccain. >> that is not my campaign. >> somebody is putting stuff out. >> it was getting bad. and he says, look, i want to take off all the negative campaign ads, i want to go positive. and i said, well, what do you mean? take off the negative campaign ads, we're in a slug fest of our lives. this is, you know, battle to the death. and he said, nope, i want to run a campaign that my daughter will be proud of. i'd rather lose an honorable campaign than win a dishonorable one. >> senator mccain and governor bush are running neck and neck in south carolina with the primary there only eight days away. on the most divisive issue in south carolina, the confederate flag is off the state capitol. both capped dndidates have stak
a position of calculated ambiguity. >> when you roll into a state like south carolina, you're going to get asked every single day by state reporters, what do you think about the issue of taking down the confederate flag? and so we worked out some wording. we said, well, it's a state issue, it's not what we want to get into. it was a symbol of heritage. when we sat down and talked to john mccain about it, he's like, you know, that's bull shit. >> he argued with it, was angry about it, he crumpled it up at one point and stuffed it in his pocket. >> can you clarify it? >> can you tell me what it is? >> yes, i'll give you the piece of paper. >> i understand both sides, some view it as a symbol of slavery, others view it as a symbol of heritage, personally i see the battle flag as a symbol of heritage. >> it was one of the very few instances where we didn't follow our instincts, rather than following the polling data. the only bad period of the
campaign is when we did something out of political expediency rather than just telling the truth. and we lost. >> john mccain, the maverick who rocked the republican establishment with dramatic wins in new hampshire and michigan, today chose an equally dramatic setting to halt his campaign. >> i am no longer an active candidate for my party's nomination for president. mccain says he will now go back to the senate. his presidential bus ride over, but he vows his crusade will go on. >> i would say he's one of the few politicians i've ever covered who has an authentic inner voice. even when he does things that are not great, embracing the confederate flag when running in south carolina, he knows he's not doing something great. most politicians i cover, they rationalize it to themselves so there's no honest interior voice there. mccain has never been able to lie to himself very well.
when he compromises for political reasons, he knows he's compromising some piece of himself. and i think there's some piece of himself that feels pretty bad about it. >> i promised to tell the truth always about my intentions and my beliefs. i fell short of that standard in south carolina, and i want to tell the people of south carolina and all americans that i sincerely regret breaking my promise to always tell you the truth. i was asked during the course of my campaign how i personally felt about the confederate battle flag that flies above your state capitol. i answered that it was an issue that the people of south carolina could decide for themselves. i did not answer the question i was asked, how did i personally feel about the flag? my ancestors fought for the
confederacy. and i am sure that many, maybe all of them fought with courage and with faith that they were serving a cause greater than themselves. but i don't believe their service, however distinguished, needs to be commemorated in a way that offends, that deeply hurts people whose ancestors were once denied their freedom by my ancestors. that, my friends, is how i personally feel about the confederate battle flag. i should have done this earlier. i did not do so for one reason alone. i feared that if i answered honestly, i could not win the south carolina primary. so i chose to compromise my principles. i broke my promise to always tell the truth. i'm not so naive to believe that politics must never involve compromise. but i was raised to know that i should never sacrifice a principle for personal ambition.
>> he grew up with a moral code, and it was a code that preached honor and glory, sacrifice for country. we all have the one virtue we aspire to most. for mccain it's courage, and courage comes in many forms. the kind he displayed in vietnam but also intellectual courage and moral courage in politics. >> even though we lost in 2000, he was able to go back to the united states senate, a much more powerful individual than when he started that campaign. >> the best cure for losing is get to work, get busy. that's the only way to get over this. >> yeah, we had some fun. how you doing? >> so i redoubled my efforts and
my energies -- >> the battle over campaign finance reform was poised to play out on the senate floor this week, but it's also shaping up a be a fight between george bush and his former rival senator john mccain. >> two years ago, no one gave us a chance. every special interest in this town that uses money in order to buy access and influence is -- >> a major victory tonight for senator john mccain and his crusade to clean up campaign financing. >> the yays are 59, the nays are 41, and the bill as amended is passed. >> when you work on the senate staff and you had a big accomplishment or something, then the next day it's done. you know, what else? what else is what he's always saying to you, what else? tell me something else.
he's wired differently from other people that way. >> he is the perpetual motion machine, and traveling with him requires you to keep up with him. when he said i want to go and study climate change, i want to see for myself what i'm reading about, i jumped on board. and when we were on these trips together, he really zeroed in. well, how did this happen? tell me a specific story. what did that mean to you? and he listened to people. >> you read in the paper, 500 protesters killed in blank stan. john says, let's go. and we met with dissidents, and john spoke up on their behalf, and thank god we got out of there. >> he believes that human rights are the birthright of all and we ought to speak up for people that are being deprived. i have a daughter in the peace corps in cambodia. he said we need more influence in the united states. john mccain will try to help us. there's just some random guy.
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u.s. senator john mccain has returned to the infamous prison known as the hanoi hilton. >> loud speakers in your cell. >> mccain was accompanied by his john son jack. he was diplomatic about what he's seen. >> it hasn't upset me. my dad hasn't ever said anything negative towards this thing. it's just where he was kept. >> do you think you could have stayed there like he did? >> i don't think so. he's a lot stronger of a person than i am. >> oh, that's good, okay. >> if you ask him about his experiences, he will tell you, but it's a short, frank, okay, well, what was it like? well, it wasn't great. what did they feed you? well, they fed me cabbage soup.
>> it's nice to be back. i've been here -- again, on many occasions. it's always nice to check on the condition of my statue. it's the only one i've got. >> it was important for john to show jack what had happened. because there were several lessons in that, not just what happened to him, but what happened as a result of this occasionally mismanaged war. >> not everything i base my views on is about vietnam. but one heck of a lot of it is. with the experience of vietnam, i always have a template which to judge whether we have a strategy for success. in both iraq and afghanistan, the strategy was, don't lose. if the strategy is don't lose,
then you don't win. >> he is a passionate believer in an exceptional america that embodies its ideals, protects him at home, and advances them abroad. that, he thinks, is the greatest cause anyone can serve. >> american leadership in the world, john, i think, recognizes, is not just a matter of us having the biggest air force or the mightiest ships or the latest weaponry, it has to do with people thinking we're more likely than not to do the right thing. >> this is a picture of an iraqi prisoner of war. and according to the u.s. army, americans did this to him. the army confiscated many some 60 pictures of iraqi
prisoners being mistreated. >> i'm greatly concerned that many americans who have the same impulses i did when i saw these pictures and that's turning away from them. we risk losing public support for this conflict. as americans turned away from the vietnam war, they may turn away from this one unless this issue is quickly resolved with full disclosure so that we can be assured and comforted that something that we never believed could happen will never happen again. >> the bush administration's judgment about what constituted appropriate treatment of a prisoner of war drove john over the edge. >> what were the instructions to the guards? >> that is what the investigation that i've indicated has been undertaken. >> but mr. secretary, that's a very simple straightforward question. >> well, the -- as chief of staff of the army can tell you,
the guards are -- >> the thing john understands better than anyone else is it's not only wrong, it also is damaging. it goes to the essence of what it is to be an american. we are a product of our values. >> he was just beside himself with anger and frustration. and with the excuses being given by military and civilian leaders, he wants names and he wants people to be held accountable because he wants to send a signal this is not only unacceptable for what happened in iraq, this is always unacceptable. and he was not shy about linking that kind of outrageous dehumanizing behavior with the collapse and the repudiation of american values. >> my friends, we face formidable challenges. i'm not afraid of them. i'm prepared for them. i'm not the youngest candidate,
but i am the most experienced. i know how to fight, and i know how to make peace. i know who i am and what i want to do. >> he was, i think, legitimately the right man at the right time to lead a nation in a post-9/11 environment. 9/11 had a profound impact not only on the country and security and the subsequent wars in afghanistan and iraq, but also on the american electorate. now, that was a wonderful opportunity for senator mccain who had always been steeped in national security, foreign policy. and i think the early polling demonstrated that. he was significantly in the lead. and, of course, at this time it was john mccain and hillary clinton. that was the narrative of the 2008 campaign. little did we know that narrative would be turned upside down.
>> i think john had great appeal among independents. john obviously had the extraordinary biography. he looked the part and had the experience of not just 18 years in the senate, but having run for president before. because you decided the change must come to washington, because you believe that this year must be different than all the rest, because -- but we weren't really running against john mccain, we were running for a new direction for the country. >> it's been my honor to welcome my friend, john mccain, as the nominee of the republican party. i wish you all the best. i'm proud to be your friend. >> john mccain's running for president, the iraq war is about
as popular as a tooth ache, and john said, no, we can't leave, we've got to win. and he stood behind president bush, the surge, adding more troops at a time when everybody wanted to get out. >> if the 2000 campaign was known as free wheeling, easy access to the media, the 2008 campaign was completely the opposite. >> okay, guys, we're having fun now. >> i wanted to bring the media back on the bus. i wanted them to be there and have the same dialogue we had before. but they get on the bus and then it would be a challenge as who can ask the worst gotcha question. i remember i got on the bus one time and one of the questions was, what do you think about the economy? and i said, well, you know, i'm working hard on the economy, because that hasn't always been my top priority, armed services, et cetera, et cetera, the next day in the "new york times," mccain said he's not familiar with the economy. >> well, you know it, so i don't
even know why you ask. >> well, i asked -- >> no, you do know it. >> i just -- >> i don't know what you read or heard of, and i don't know the circumstances. >> our coverage is annoying. we're trying to tell the truth as we see it, never quite the campaign sees it. it's just always going to be annoying. i think if you react to it with hostility, you end up making it worse. >> it's well-known that i had the conversation, it was as a result well-known by everyone. do you have a question on another issue? >> i think in 2008, the environment was much more toxic than it was in 2000. >> we were out there doing everything we could to sort of show, hey, this is a different kind of republican. but it was a change election. the country was deeply unhappy, and barack obama was the biggest change on offer, on the face of it, on the face of it. >> i have known and been friends
with john mccain for almost 22 years. to those who still believe in the myth of a maverick instead of the reality of a politician, i say let's compare senator mccain to candidate mccain. candidate mccain says he would vote against the immigration bill that senator mccain wrote. are you kidding me, folks? the stakes could not be higher because we do know what a bush -- what a mccain administration would look like. there's a slip. >> george bush was the single least popular sitting president in history. his approval rating was 25%. and we were the third term of the bush administration. >> just this morning, senator
mccain said that actually he and president bush share a common philosophy. that's right, colorado, i guess that was john mccain finally giving us a little straight talk. >> senator obama wants to run against george bush, he should have run for president four years ago. >> one of the things that was the key to us was to be able to regain the mantle of the maverick. and one of the most critical decisions that john mccain had to make was who was going to be his running mate. and we had a lot of good options, at least we thought we did. >> when rick davis called me and said john wanted to put me on the short list for vp, honestly my reaction was, are you kidding? i think john felt there would be a big message in this, which is this is going to be a bipartisan ticket, unprecedented. >> you may ask, what's a
democrat doing here supporting a republican for president? >> john wanted to take joe lieberman. you're just sitting around the abstract, that's sort of interesting. but i said, okay, here's like time-out, time-out. has anyone in this room actually read the republican national convention rules? we're going to have a blood bath on the convention floor just to nominate him. >> he was unhappy with that point of view and resisted it and argued against it and kept maintaining it. but, hey, you can't start off a general campaign with a rejection. how are you going to win in november? >> i should have said, look, we've got a hell of a campaign
anyway, joe lieberman is my best friend, let's take him. i was persuaded by my political advisers that it would be harmful. that was another mistake that i made. >> my friends and fellow americans, i am very pleased, very privileged to introduce to you the next vice president of the united states, governor sarah palin of the great state of alaska. >> she was not chosen because of her position on any particular issue. she had gotten into politics as a reformer. >> it was rightly noted in denver this week that hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in america. but it turns out the women of america aren't finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.
>> i understand the choice. it was a gamble. and my dad is a gambler. he always rolled the dice. i think they understood they had to fight change with change. >> that friday we had erased a 20 point margin. and for two weeks we had a campaign that was winning the presidential election. >> our opponent is someone who sees america as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who targeted their own country. >> politics is about serving. and you can't serve if you don't win. and he was behind. it was a long shot. so he could justify the pick by saying i had to hail mary pass. i had to try something. and i don't think he could have known this at the time, but in picking sarah palin, he basically took a disease that was running through the republican party, not palin herself, she's a normal human being, but a disease that i'll
call anti-intellectualism, disrespect for facts, and she was a chapter in the rise of a cheap kind of populism. >> i've got to ask you a question. i do not believe in -- i can't trust obama. i have read about him, and he's not -- he's an arab. he is not -- >> no, ma'am, no, ma'am, he's a decent, family man, citizen that i just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues. that's what this campaign is all about. he's not. thank you. thank you. >> the environment in which he was already headed in an uphill battle where the energy of the party was being captured by his vice presidential nominee, sarah
palin, and it was a much more red meat, populous angry tone, for john in the middle of that to say, hold on a second, we don't demonize each other, we're all americans, we're all on the same team, i thought was an indication of who john fundamentally was. >> first of all, i want to be president of the united states. and obviously i do not want senator obama to be. but i have to tell you, i have to tell you, he is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared as president of the united states. now, i just -- now, i just -- now, look, if i didn't think i wouldn't be one heck of a lot better president, i wouldn't be running. okay? and that's the point. that's the point. >> on september 16th, the entire campaign changed. that was the day the economy collapsed. people were being thrown out of
their jobs. we were going through a global upheaval and we were running a presidential campaign right in the middle of it. >> it was a terrible, toxic environment for anybody that had an "r" next to their name. >> john was carrying an 800-pound rock up the hill. i mean talk about good year, bad year. it was a bad year. >> my friends, we have -- we have come to the end of a long journey. the american people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly. a little while ago i had the honor of calling senator barack obama to congratulate him -- please. to congratulate him on being elected the next president of the country that we both love. >> he could not have been more gracious. he could not have been more generous about wishing my administration well.
>> it's natural tonight to feel some disappointment. but tomorrow we must move beyond it and work together to get our country moving again. >> it was gracious, it was futuristic, it was about the country. he was saying, come on now, come on, everybody get in here, man, help this man. i'm going to help him. i'm here. i'm here. >> and i call on all americans, as i have often in this campaign, to not despair of our present difficulties, but to believe always in the promise and greatness of america because nothing is inevitable here. americans never quit. we never surrender. we never hide from history. we make history. thank you and god bless you and god bless america. thank you all very much. >> my dad's calling is to make america a better place. and my father's very conservative. i am not.
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the office of senator john mccain has announced tonight that the arizona senator has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. the 80-year-old republican from arizona has the same type of cancer that took the life of senator ted kennedy. >> immediate survival is somewhere between 14 and 15 months. that said, people with a fighting attitude such as senator mccain, tend to do
better. >> i suspected something because there were just little things that were telling me things something wasn't right with him. >> well, at least in the minds of this member, there's a whole lot of questions remaining. >> he was complaining of being very tired. and he'd gotten wrapped around the axle on a question to fbi director comey in a hearing. >> you're going to have to help me out here. in other words, if we were to complete the investigation of anything that former secretary clinton had to do with the campaign and over and we don't have to worry about it anymore. >> i'm a little confused, senator, with respect to -- >> he had a physical coming up and we made sure the schedule was such it couldn't be pushed. we thought, he needs to be looked at. >> i'm in the middle of lunch and i get a call from senator mccain. he was in the car driving to sedona. and in a very nonchalant way, he
says, you know, i had my checkup today, and he said they just called me and told me to turn my car around and come back. >> 80-year-old senator john mccain is resting comfortably at home after surgeons successfully removed a small blood clot above his left eye yesterday at the mayo clinic hospital in phoenix. now senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says the senate will defer a vote on the health care bill until senator mccain returns. >> he walked out of the hospital the day after brain surgery. but he felt fine. now, did he feel fine or did he convince you that he felt fine? here's a guy who's gone through enormous physical challenges early in his life. his knees are all busted up, but he outwalks everybody who ever tries to do a campaign event with him. his shoulders don't function properly.
he can't comb his own hair, but he gets by through the day looking just fine. >> he called me, and he goes, look, i want to give this speech, you know, about the health care vote that's coming up. i said, okay, have they got the results back? yeah, i've got -- yeah, it's not great. >> the measure of the man is how he responds under significant adversity. and look at john, look at him. i mean, he's a -- he's a good friend. >> listen, i have to go back to
the health care bill. and i said what could possibly happen if he gets on a plane? and the doctor said that he could like hemorrhage and it can be dangerous if he still has air in his brain and all this crazy stuff. so i freaked out, and i screamed at everyone that he couldn't get on the plane and that i didn't agree with it. and my dad snapped at me and said it's my life and it's my choice. >> i stand here today looking a little worse for wear, and i'm sure -- i've been a member of the united states senate for 30 years. my service here is the most important job i've had in my life. >> his public service has been so deeply entwined with friendships. and a lot of the friendships have been with democrats, ted kennedy, joe biden. out of that sense of friendship came a belief that party was not everything, and out of that came a direct experience with crafting compromised legislation.
>> let's trust each other. let's return to regular order. we've been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle. that's an approach that's been employed by both sides, mandating legislation from the top down without any support from the other side with all the parliamentary maneuvers it requires. we're getting nothing done, my friends. we're getting nothing done. >> he decries the partisanship, the ideological rigidity, the refusal to work together and get something done for the people who were good enough to send members of congress to congress. >> we tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors in consultation with the administration and springing it on skeptical members trying to convince them that it's better than nothing.
that it's better than nothing? >> i think the vast majority of republicans and democrats know better. they got to start to stand up. and as john would say get back to regular order. >> all regular order means is you introduce a bill, you have hearings and let the public see what's going on. you show the press. you have witnesses and amendments, make up your mind. that's how democracy is supposed to work. >> i will not vote for this bill as it is today. >> i think the republicans felt that he had marshaled all his physical strength to come back after the surgery and that naturally he would vote with the republican party. but they totally misread john. he came back for a different reason. he came back to do the right thing and to send a message to his colleagues and to the country. >> i'll be here for a few days.
after that, i'm going home for a while to treat my illness. i have every intention of returning here and giving many of you cause to regret all the nice things you said about me. and i hope to impress on you again that it is an honor to serve the american people in your company. thank you, fellow senators. mr. president, i yield the floor. [ applause ] >> it's hard not to be proud of john mccain, right? he takes chances that nobody else takes. both with his health, you know, to get on a plane and go to washington to have an impact. he takes chances with his message, you know, to tell people what they probably need to hear but don't ever want to
hear. and he does it all because of his insatiable desire to have an impact for thes to. that's hard not to be respectful of that guy. ♪ >> i saw things that i didn't agree with that i thought was wrong. the american people don't hold washington and the people who work there in very high esteem. we need to make sure that we give the american people what they deserve and right now they are not getting it. >> i know that this is a very vicious disease. i greet every day with
gratitude, and i will continue to do everything that i can, but i'm also very aware that none of us live forever. i'm confident and i'm happy and i'm very grateful for the life i've been able to lead, and i greet the future with joy. my grandfather loved his life and he loved the fact that he had to leave. my father, the same way. i am the same way. i love life and i want to stay around forever, but i also believe that there's a great honor that you can die with. by the way, i reread hemingway. and robert jordan is still my
hero. and robert jordan's last thoughts were "it's been a great life and well worth fighting for." >> a hero is somebody who does the right thing no matter what, and i think john throughout his life has been heroic so many times. so we shouldn't be surprised that as he faces this at the end of his life that he's still heroic and that if he showed us how to live he's also -- he's also showing us how to die.
>> i've had the good fortune to spend 60 years in service to this wondrous land. it's not been perfect service to be sure and there were probably times when the country might have benefited from a little less of my help. but i tried to deserve the privilege as best i can and i've been repaid 1,000 times over with adventures, with good company, and with the satisfaction of serving something more important than myself. of being a bit player in the extraordinary story of america. and i am so grateful to fear the world we have organized and led for 3/4 of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to retain the last best hope of earth for the sake of
some half-baked spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems. [ applause ] it's as unpatriotic as any tired dogma of the past that america's consigned to the ash heap of history. with all its suffering and danger, the world still looks to the example and leadership of america to become another better place. what greater cause could anyone ever serve? [ bell tolling ]
memories of john mccain. tributes from around the world for the late u.s. senator from arizona. he is being remembered for his service, his integrity, and even his wit. plus, a gunman opens fire at a crowded video game tournament in the u.s. state of florida. what we're learning about the shooter. what we're learning about the investigation. and in ireland the pope asks for forgiveness for the church's handling of the sex abuse scandal. but he is refusing to comment on one explosive allegation. >> live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm george howell. >> and i'm rosemary church. thanks for joining us. "cnn newsroom" starts right now. many in the u.s. and around
the world are mourning the man who exemplified the word "maverick." u.s. senator john mccain died saturday at the age of 81 after a battle with brain cancer. >> mccain will be honored three times this week. first in his home state of florida -- in arizona, i should say. then at the u.s. capitol in washington. and eventually laid to rest at the u.s. naval academy in maryland. cnn's phil mattingly has more. >> he was irascible. he was combative. he was funny as all get out when you talk to someone who's dealt with him the last couple of years. but more importantly more than anything else he was an icon of some sort. he was a legend in the united states senate. he was somebody who was just a few hundred thousand votes away from being president of the united states. and he was known around the world, someone who would regularly travel tens of thousands of miles to push his ideals, his representation of what he thought the united states of america could be. he's john mccain. he passed away on saturday at the age of 81, and he leaves a legacy that's certainly unmatched by any