Pence Speaks at McCain Memorial Service: ‘As President Trump Said Yesterday, We Respect His Service’


Vice President Mike Pence spoke today at the memorial ceremony for John McCain at the Capitol.

After speeches from Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, the vice president stood up and said, “It is deeply humbling to stand before you today at the United States Capitol to commemorate the life and service of an American patriot, Senator John McCain.”

“The President asked me to be here on behalf of a grateful nation to pay a debt of honor and respect to a man who served our country throughout his life in uniform and in public office,” Pence said, “and it’s my great honor to be here.”

He spoke on McCain’s years of service in the military and in Congress, praising his “iron will” after being tortured for years and his commitment to helping make America “more prosperous and more secure” as a legislator.

“As President Trump said yesterday,” he continued, “we respect his service to the country.”

He read a stanza from the hymn McCain’s book Faith of My Fathers got its title from before concluding thusly:

“Let me say to all those gathered and his beloved family, on behalf of a grateful nation, we will ever remember that John McCain served his country and John McCain served his country honorably. May God bless the memory of John McCain. May God comfort his family and friends. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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