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 McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE against attacks from President Trump.

In response to a tweet criticizing the Arizona Republican, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China 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) SandersSchumer: Franken should resign Franken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (I-Vt.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFranken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign Trump-free Kennedy Center Honors avoids politics MORE (D-Minn.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTax bill could fuel push for Medicare, Social Security cuts Collins to vote for GOP tax plan Overnight Tech: Lawmakers want answers on Uber breach | Justices divided in patent case | Tech makes plea for net neutrality on Cyber Monday 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!"

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.