Graham defends McCain from Trump attack

Two liberal and two conservative senators debating health care were united on at least one point Monday evening: defending Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainControversial Trump judicial nominee withdraws Trump vows to hold second meeting with Putin Ex-Montenegro leader fires back at Trump: ‘Strangest president' in history MORE against attacks from President Trump.

In response to a tweet criticizing the Arizona Republican, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria Polling analyst: Changes to legal immigration ‘the real sticking point among Democrats’ Graham would consider US-Russia military coordination in Syria MORE (R-S.C.) said McCain has earned the right to "do whatever the damn hell he wants to."

During Graham’s CNN debate with Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate to vote Monday on Trump's VA nominee Senate approves resolution warning Trump not to hand over US officials GOP leader blocks resolution backing intelligence community on Russia MORE (I-Vt.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharGOP seeks separation from Trump on Russia Hillicon Valley: EU hits Google with record B fine | Trump tries to clarify Russia remarks | Sinclair changing deal to win over FCC | Election security bill gets traction | Robocall firm exposed voter data Election security bill picks up new support in Senate MORE (D-Minn.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Lawmakers pitch dueling plans for paid family leave New push to break deadlock on paid family leave MORE (R-La.), Trump tweeted video clips of McCain promising to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

Trump tweeted: "My oh my has he changed-complete turn from years of talk!"

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McCain last week came out against health-care legislation from Graham and Cassidy that would repeal major parts of ObamaCare, saying he wants a bipartisan bill to go through the normal committee process. That's the same reason he gave when he helped defeat the ObamaCare repeal bill over the summer. 

"To any American who has a problem with John McCain’s vote, all I can tell you is John McCain was willing to die for this country, and he can vote any way he wants to, and it doesn't matter to me," Graham said of his close friend.

Graham’s comments were applauded by the other three senators.