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Hillary Clinton: John McCain Understood in the Marrow of His Bones What It Meant to Be American

Former Senate colleague Hillary Clinton spoke with Chuck Todd about the late Senator John McCain on Meet the Press this morning, sharing her memories of a friend and opponent after his passing on Saturday.

“He will be missed for many, many reasons, Chuck,” said Clinton. “But I think that example that he set of working across the aisle, but more than that working to bring people together around the world, is one we should remember.”

During the interview, Todd emphasizes the “timing” of Sen. McCain’s death in the larger picture of American politics, clearly referring to the Trump presidency.

“Let me quote him and say, let’s have a little straight talk, the timing of his death, in this moment that we’re in in our politics” said Todd. “There’s a reason I think that Washington’s taking an extra stomach punch this morning, the vacuum he leaves. The timing– we can’t ignore this moment that he’s leaving us.”

“You’re absolutely right,” agreed Clinton. “He understood that we’ve been through perilous times before at home and abroad, but our institutions are being severely test right now, including his beloved Senate, and he was in every way he knew how trying to sound the alarm.”

Clinton said that if America abandons the ideals it “would be giving up on what he fought for, what he was imprisoned for, what he stood for.”

When discussing working with the other side of the aisle, believing in the American spirit of service, and ignoring the “bombastic loudmouths” disrupting those things, that McCain was his true self.

“He really understood in the marrow of his bones what it meant to be an American,” she said.

Watch the clip above, courtesy of NBC.
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