Biden at McCain memorial service: ‘I trusted John with my life’

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Former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday at Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) memorial service that he trusted McCain with his life.

Biden, delivering remarks at the North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix, reflected on the two men’s long-term friendship that “transcended whatever political differences we had.”

{mosads}”As a young man, he’d come up to my house, he’d come up to Wilmington,” Biden told the congregation, speaking of his time as a senator from Delaware. “And out of this grew a great friendship that transcended whatever political differences we had.”

“Because above all, we understood the same thing: All politics is personal. It’s all about trust. I trusted John with my life, and I would, and I think he would trust me with his,” Biden continued.

McCain, a six-term senator and two-time presidential candidate, died Saturday following a battle with brain cancer. Over his decades-long career as an Arizona senator, McCain became a trusted colleague and friend to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

Despite being absent from the Senate this year as he underwent treatment for brain cancer, McCain made his mark from Arizona as a staunch critic of President Trump and his administration.

McCain will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol on Friday. Former Presidents Obama and George W. Bush are expected to speak at his funeral service on Saturday before he is buried in a private ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday.

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