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  • Former Vice President Joe Biden gave an emotional
    eulogy at Sen. John McCain’s memorial service in Arizona on
    Thursday, calling the former Republican presidential candidate
    “a brother.”
  • Biden started off his eulogy saying, “My name’s Joe
    Biden. And I’m a Democrat. And I loved John
    McCain.


Former Vice President Joe Biden gave an emotional eulogy at Sen.
John McCain’s memorial service in Arizona on Thursday, calling
the former Republican presidential candidate “a brother.”

Wiping tears from his eyes, Biden started off his eulogy saying,
“My name’s Joe Biden. And I’m a Democrat. And I loved John
McCain.” After saying he thought of McCain as his brother, Biden
said their brotherhood included “a lot of family fights.”

We’d talk about family,” Biden said of his relationship
with McCain. “We’d talk about politics. We’d talk about
international relations. We’d talk about promise — the promise of
America.”

Biden recalled his travels across the world with McCain and
their “cock-eyed optimism” about the future of America.

“Above all, we understood the same thing, all politics is
personal,” Biden said
of his similarities with McCain. “It’s all about trust. I trusted
John with my life, and I would, and I think he would trust me
with his.”

Biden’s son, Beau, died from the same form of brain cancer
as McCain and the late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy. He
recalled in his eulogy the pain that it brought to him and his
family.

“There are times when life can be so cruel, pain so
blinding, it’s hard to see anything else,” Biden said.
“To survive, we have to remember how they lived — not how they
died.”

Biden did not shy away from making a political statement
during his eulogy. Talking about how much the Senate had changed
since he and McCain arrived, Biden rebuked the current political
state in the country as he glared at the US senators in
attendance at the service.

“It’s impossible to reach consensus,” Biden said.
“All we do today is attack the opposition in both parties, their
motives — not the substance of their argument.”

Before Thursday’s service for McCain in Arizona, the late senator
lied in state at the Arizona State Capitol on Wednesday.

Biden concluded his eulogy with a paraphrase of Shakespeare:
We shall not see his like again.”

McCain’s funeral services will continue Friday when he
will lie in state in the US Capitol’s
rotunda.
 McCain will become the 33rd person
and 13th senator to receive the rare honor.

On Saturday morning, there will be a
private service for McCain
at the Washington National
Cathedral before he is buried at the US Naval Academy in
Annapolis on Sunday.

 

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