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Biden Delivers Powerful Eulogy For McCain: ‘My Name’s Joe Biden, I’m a Democrat, and I Loved John McCain’

Former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a tearful and emotional tribute to Senator John McCain on Thursday at his memorial service in Phoenix.

The former vice president promptly drew laughter from service attendees — opening his remarks by pronouncing the depths of his feelings for his friend:

“My name’s Joe Biden, I’m a Democrat, and I loved John McCain.”

Biden used much of his address to talk about his longtime history with McCain and the close bond they shared throughout their lives in politics. He expressed admiration for McCain’s heroism in the Vietnam War before speaking about how both of them were driven by love of country.

“The three men who have spoken before me I think captured John, different aspects of John in a way only someone close to him could understand,” Biden said. “But the way I look at it, the way I thought about it, was that, I always thought of I don’t know as a brother.”

As Biden spoke of how McCain embodied the spirit of America, he grew increasingly emotional as he recalled that they rose above politics with their passion for public service and by comforting each other when their families faced times of hardship. The address became most emotional when Biden talked about glioblastoma, the brain cancer that took the life of McCain, Biden’s son Beau, and their mutual friend, Ted Kennedy.

“There are times when life can be so cruel, pain so blinding, its hard to see anything else,” Biden said. “It is brutal. It is relentless. It is unforgiving. It takes so much from those we love and from the families who love them, that in order to survive, that we have to remember how they lived. Not how they died.”

The rest of the eulogy continued with Biden speaking of how McCain put values above politics, that he believed in fairness, honesty and respect more than tribalism.

Watch above, via Fox Business.

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