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Graham Mourns McCain's Death: Arizona Sen. One of America's 'Greatest Champions'

Graham Mourns McCain's Death: Arizona Sen. One of America's 'Greatest Champions'

John McCain was one of America’s “greatest champions,” longtime friend and Sen. Lindsey Graham said Saturday night after learning of the Arizona senator’s death.

“America and Freedom have lost one of her greatest champions. ….And I’ve lost one of my dearest friends and mentor,” he tweeted.

“I will need some time to absorb this, but I want Cindy —and the entire McCain family — to know they are in my prayers.”

Graham and McCain were close friends. McCain, 81, died Saturday night, a little more than a year after he was told he had brain cancer.

"He is loyal to his friends. He loves his country. And if he has to stand up to his party for his country, so be it," Graham said of McCain in 2017. "He would die for his country. I love him to death."

McCain and Graham became friends during the push for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, according to a CBS News report.

"Congressman Graham, on the most solemn occasion, said, 'You know, where I come from, any man calling a woman at 2 a.m. is up to no good,'" McCain said in March of 2017 on CNN. "I knew right then that Lindsey Graham was a guy I wanted to spend time with."

The pair spent time on the campaign trail together in 2000, when McCain ran for president, and also collaborated on legislation that would have big impacts on foreign policy.

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Published at Sun, 26 Aug 2018 02:52:10 +0000