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‘I’ve lost one of my dearest friends’: Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of John McCain’s closest friends, gives an emotional statement after his death

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John McCain of Arizona and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
attend a campaign event in New York July 20,
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  • One of Sen. John McCain’s closest friends on Capitol
    Hill offered his condolences amid the news of his death on
    Saturday.
  • Graham’s friendship with McCain grew after Graham, who
    was then a House Representative, delivered remarks on President
    Bill Clinton’s impeachment with a light-hearted jab.

One of Sen. John McCain’s closest friends on Capitol Hill offered
his condolences amid the news of his death on Saturday.

America and Freedom have lost one of her greatest
champions,” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said on
Twitter. “And I’ve lost one of my dearest friends and
mentor.”

“I will need some time to absorb this, but I want Cindy
—and the entire McCain family — to know they are in my prayers,”
Graham added, referring to McCain’s wife.

Graham’s friendship with McCain grew after Graham, who was
then a House Representative, delivered remarks on President Bill
Clinton’s impeachment with a light-hearted jab.

“Congressman Graham, on the most solemn occasion, said, ‘You
know, where I come from, any man calling a woman at 2 a.m. is up
to no good,'” McCain reportedly said, referring to
an early-morning phone call from the White House to former
aide Monica Lewinsky. “I knew right then that Lindsey Graham was
a guy I wanted to spend time with.”

“He is loyal to his friends. He loves his country,” Graham said
of McCain during a CNN town hall in 2017. “And if he has to stand
up to his party for his country, so be it. He would die for his
country. I love him to death.”

McCain died on Saturday afternoon, one day after his family
announced he would be discontinuing his brain cancer treatment.
He is survived by his seven children and his wife, Cindy.

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