Former Sen. John Warner (R-VA) appeared via telephone on MSNBC this afternoon, for a brief interview to discuss the passing of his former wife, the late actress Elizabeth Taylor.
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Warner, who was first elected to the Senate in 1978 and retired in 2008, was married to Taylor from 1976-1982.
"We were friends to the end," said Warner, in an interview with Andrea Mitchell. "And likewise my children and her children were bonded, and my children are going to attend the services in California. So I look at this whole ending with a sense of humility and gratitude."
Warner recounted how Taylor had been his "partner" to support him in his unlikely 1978 victory -- when he initially lost the Republican nomination at the state convention, then was given the nomination nine weeks before election day, after his previous rival died in a plane crash.
He praised Taylor as a "great woman," and also discussed how they had kept in close contact regarding her activism for HIV/AIDS awareness, and his votes in the Senate. "And I would say, 'I'm with you.'"