Clinton, Obama among the Democrats, a tribute to McCain, the commitment to bipartisanship

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‘Fox News Sunday,” recalls Senator John McCain

A look back at Senator John McCain’s life and legacy on” Fox News Sunday.’

In his more than three decades of service on Capitol Hill, Sen., John McCain was known for many things: his devotion to the United States, his passion and his temper, his strong beliefs, and, perhaps above all, his ability to work across the aisle to get results.

This devotion to bipartisanship was on full display in the hours after McCain’s, to pour death at the age of 81 on Saturday after almost a year battle with a brain tumor as the Tribute from Democratic colleagues and rivals.

“A few have been tested by us, such as John once was, or to show required the kind of courage that he did,” Former President Barack Obama said in a statement. “But we can all aspire to the courage, the more good on our own. John best, he showed us what that means. And for that we are all in his debt.”

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Obama, who beat McCain in the 2008 race for the White house, said that despite their differences, McCain, and he shared a “loyalty-something higher — the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike, have fought, destroyed and sacrificed.”

Obama said she saw “our political battles, even as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve, as the administrator, these high ideals at home and advance to the whole world.”

Seen on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” the former US Secretary of state Hillary Clinton said, “we could all talk for hours about what he meant to the country.”

“He said, leaving behind a legacy of service and courage,” Clinton, McCain. “The courage we all came to know, as a POW, but that get up every day and work for the people in Arizona was not easy.”

The former Vice-President Joe Biden, who had served with McCain in the Senate for more than 20 years, also a heartfelt statement about his longtime colleague and friend.

“John McCain cast a long shadow,” Biden said. “His impact on America is not yet finished. Not even close. It will go on for many years to come.”

Biden added: “America will miss John McCain. The world will miss you John McCain. And I miss him very much.”

Many commentators noted that McCain represented a state man, was not afraid to cross party lines to achieve his goals, and that in the country, the current political climate, this ability will be missed.

But the Democratic leaders in both the house and Senate over the weekend put aside this criticism of their work and concentrated instead on their own friendships and dealing with McCain.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, praised McCain’s service in the armed forces and on Capitol Hill, and also said he would introduce legislation to rename the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, according to McCain.

“As you go through life, you will meet some really great people,” Schumer said in a statement. “John McCain was one of them. His devotion to his country and the military were second to none, and perhaps most of all, he was a truth teller to speak, never fear, the truth to power in a time where now all too rare.

He added: “the Senate of The United States and the world are smaller places, without John McCain.”

Schumer is the counterpart in the house, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said on ABC’s “This week” that McCain was “a source of great strength for our country.”

“I’m sorry,” she added. “America is in tears for the loss of this great man.”

McCain is expected to be honored in Arizona and Washington before she was buried, probably in the next week at the U.S. Naval Academy cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.

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