Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Mike Pence's remarks make McCain family smile

Mike Pence's remarks make McCain family smile

Speaking to a national conference of the American Legion in Minneapolis, Pence said he wanted to address "a particular veteran that I know is on the hearts and minds of people all across America. That's when it changed", Biden said.

"We'd talk about family, we'd talk about politics, we'd talk about global relations, we'd talk about promise, the promise of America because we're both cockeyed optimists and really believe that there's not a single thing beyond the capacity of this country", he added.

Biden said that McCain fought for civility between politicians on both sides of the aisle, even in times of disagreement.

Biden, vice president under Barack Obama, said he believed McCain's death had hit people so hard because of his deep belief in the soul of America. Biden said they "were optimists" and spoke about everything except his family's recent deaths and McCain's time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

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"John is going to take his rightful place in a long line of extraordinary leaders in this nation's history, who in their own way stood for freedom and liberty", Biden said.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a memorial service to celebrate the life of of U.S. Sen. "And that John McCain served his country honorably".

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Nearly a quarter of McCain's fellow senators, Democrats and Republicans, traveled to Arizona to remember him during a carefully executed program that began at the Arizona State Capitol, continued to the Baptist church where he worshiped and ended at the Phoenix airport, where hundreds of Arizona National Guardsmen gave him one final salute.

Family members then watched in silence as uniformed military members removed the flag-draped casket from a black hearse and carried it into the church.

The private ceremony in Annapolis, Maryland, was as carefully planned as the rest of McCain's farewell tour, which began in Arizona after he died August 25 from brain cancer and stretched to Washington.

Biden said that the late senator "could not stand the abuse of power wherever he saw it, in whatever form, in whatever country".

McCain's story was the American story, Biden said: "Grounded in respect, decency, basic fairness". He compared their disagreements over the years to fights between brothers and said McCain could always look past a specific political argument.

"I trusted John with my life and I would think he would trust me with his", he added.

He also said that McCain's legacy would continue to influence leaders of the future.

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