Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a longtime friend and colleague of the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), gave an emotional speech celebrating McCain on the Senate floor Tuesday.
“Don’t look to me to replace this man,” Graham said. “Look to me to remember what he was all about, and try to follow in his footsteps. If you want to help me, join the march. If you want to help the country, be more like John McCain.”
After the speech, Graham got hugs from Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and others. He also spoke to reporters, saying of McCain: “This is the only time i’ve know him when he’s been pain-free.”
Referring to his close relationship with both President Donald Trump and McCain, Graham told reporters: “John felt like his view of the world had to be reinforced and the conflict between him and the President has been difficult.”
“He’s had it before, I was always hoping with time maybe things would change but we never got there,” Graham added.
Cameron Joseph contributed reporting.
This post has been updated.