Booker on hug with McCain after healthcare vote: 'I'm a hugger'
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Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) recounted his hug with Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCain2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Defending their honor as we hear their testimony MORE (R-Ariz.) following the Senate's vote last week to advance debate on a GOP ObamaCare repeal bill, saying simply: "I'm a hugger."

"I'm a hugger, and so I hugged John McCain. And by the time I get home, I'm getting blown up on the internet," he said.

Booker spoke with Van Jones at the CNN commentator's "We Rise Tour," and described the Senate vote in which McCain dramatically came onto the Senate floor for a vote following his brain cancer diagnosis. 


McCain voted to advance debate on the GOP ObamaCare repeal bill. Despite the vote, which Democrats were against, Booker and others, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary MORE (I-Vt.) hugged McCain.

"Long story short," Booker said, "he comes to the Senate floor to do what I don't want him to do. In fact, he puts the vote in to move the bill that I've been fighting to the floor. And then, the vote's over. We line up. Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Schumer blocks drug pricing measure during Senate fight, seeking larger action MORE, Bernie Sanders we go over there and hug him."  

Booker explained that the hug was a welcome back to the Senate floor following McCain's cancer diagnosis and that he looked at McCain with admiration for his strength.

"He won't let darkness win," Booker said, according to the Apollo Theater, where the event was held.

McCain ultimately voted to kill the bill in a Senate vote a day later.