'An American Patriot': VP Mike Pence Pays Tribute to John McCain

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Biden, attending a memorial service for McCain at a church in Phoenix, delivered a tearful speech, praising the longtime Republican lawmaker from Arizona for his fairness, honesty and respect. Biden says they were both "cock-eyed optimists". "Not just the preambles". In the American people.

Biden said that McCain had "a value set that was neither selfish nor self-serving: John understood that America was, first and foremost, an idea, audacious and risky, organized around not tribe but around ideals".

Pence said during his years in Congress and as vice president, he and McCain didn't always agree, and McCain "almost always noticed".

In front of the thousands of mourners, House Speaker Ryan said that McCain deserves to be remembered as he wanted to be remembered.

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McCain and Trump had a frosty relationship for years. The two met in the '70s, and Biden said the two hit it off immediately. It is not over. "I don't think it's even close".

"I never traveled with a colleague who was better to our enlisted, or harder on our generals", he said. On those trips, they would talk about family, politics and global relations.

"I hope you take some comfort that because you shared John with all of us your whole life, the world now shares with you the ache of John's death", he noted.

"John, you did much more than that, my friend".

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In his last hours, McCain turned down further medical treatment.

Biden paid tribute to the two-time Republican presidential candidate, who died on Saturday from brain cancer at age 81, during a 90-minute memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church, the latest in a string of commemorative salutes to the Vietnam War hero and venerable politician. He remained upbeat after the diagnosis, flying back to Washington days after surgery with a large scar visible above his left eye to participate in the Senate's health care debate.

McCain suffered from the same type of cancer that had claimed friend Ted Kennedy and Beau Biden, the former vice president's son.

He also said that McCain's legacy would continue to influence leaders of the future. "Any time I'm criticized for my belief in Jesus Christ, I factual breath a prayer of reward."in "The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence", that came out this week, authors Michael D'Antonio and Peter Eisner cast Pence's background - congressman, in governor, Trump VP - in a harsh gentle, arguing that "basically the most winning Christian supremacist in American historical past" is already functioning as a "roughly replacement president" and is making ready to "model a nation extra handsome to his god and company sponsors."AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideAfter New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote about the e book beneath the headline "Mike Pence, Holy Fear", non secular leaders and other Pence supporters accused Bruni and the e book's authors of non secular bigotry. The intolerance for the abuse of power". Biden spoke to McCain's family, drawing on the well of his own sorrow following the untimely death of his son, Beau.

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Biden ended with a line that brought many in the audience to tears: "To paraphrase Shakespeare: we shall not see his like again".

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