Famous Women Share Sentiments on John McCain
Following the death of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) on Saturday, some of his female political peers have shared their fond memories of him.
Former fellow Senator Hillary Clinton shared a longtime bi-partisan friendship with McCain. She said she had “many wonderful, personal memories of him.”
“He knew that the Senate couldn’t work if we didn’t work together,” she explained on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “I think it was heartbreaking to him that, as he said in the speech he gave right before he voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act, that we need to cooperate. We need to learn how to trust each other again and do better to serve the people who elected us.”
The former secretary of state added, “He really understood in the marrow of his bones what it meant to be an American and how important it was for us to, yes, disagree and differ, but at the end of the day to come together, to work together, to trust each other to get things done. And he will be missed for many, many reasons, Chuck, but I think that example that he set of working across the aisle, but more than that working to bring people together here at home and around the world is one we should remember.”
Like Clinton, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) told CNN’s Jake Tapper on the State of Union that she had shared a “wonderful” relationship with McCain. She wanted the American people to remember McCain as a “true patriot” and a mentor to freshman politicians.
“We will really be missing such an important voice for national unity,” said Collins. “John McCain felt very strongly about virtually every issue that he tackled, but it was never based in partisanship. He didn’t try to score partisan points as he worked on issues. He would work with anyone who wanted to accomplish the goal that he shared.”
Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama shared a written tribute to McCain on Saturday following his death, writing that “we are all in his debt.”
“Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own,” the Obamas wrote in a statement. “At John’s best, he showed us what that means. And for that, we are all in his debt. Michelle and I send our most heartfelt condolences to Cindy and their family.
“[W]e shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher – the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed,” they wrote. “We saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world. We saw this country as a place where anything is possible – and citizenship as our patriotic obligation to ensure it forever remains that way.”
Dedicating his life to public service both in the military and later in the Senate, he gave a final call for bi-partisanship on July 25, 2018, after returning from brain surgery. He voted to proceed to debate on a key health care provision, calling it “a shell of a bill.” He said, “Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio and television and the internet – to hell with them. They don’t want anything done for the public good. Our incapacity is their livelihood. Let’s trust each other.”
Sen. McCain died Saturday after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 81-years-old. His wife, Cindy, let the world know how she felt, saying, “My heart is broken.”
My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the the place he loved best.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) August 26, 2018