GOP, Dem lawmakers come together for McCain documentary
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An absent Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump: 'You know what I am? I'm a nationalist' Graham on Saudi Arabia: 'I feel completely betrayed' Meghan McCain calls Russian attacks against her father the 'highest compliment' to her family MORE brought both sides of the aisle together Thursday at a Capitol screening of a soon-to-be-released HBO documentary about the Arizona Republican.

“You rarely meet great people … Great human beings — few. He’s one of them,” Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerManchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns McConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' MORE (D-N.Y.) told an audience of lawmakers, staffers, friends and family gathered at the Capitol Visitor Center for the screening of “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls.”

“His story is a story of American heroism personified,” Schumer said of the Vietnam War prisoner of war, who is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer. When he thinks of his colleague McCain, Schumer quipped, “I think of his steadfastness, which could also be called stubbornness. His biting sense of humor, which could also be called cantankerous.”


Eighty-one-year-old McCain agreed shortly after his July 2017 cancer diagnosis to participate in the HBO film, which premieres on the premium cable network on Memorial Day.

“We all miss him very dearly. We wish his speedy recovery,” Schumer said of McCain, who is in Arizona. “And with all due respect to the doctors who are treating him, I look forward to seeing John again soon in the flesh.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout Sanders: Democrats ‘absolutely’ have chance to win back rural America  Trump privately ready to blame Ryan and McConnell if Republicans lose midterms: report MORE (R-Ky.) also heaped praise on the six-term lawmaker and former GOP presidential nominee.

“Each of us who’s served with John McCain can remember a time when he was our fiercest ally, and a time when he was our most maddening opponent,” McConnell said.

“His side-splitting jokes, his big smile, and the fact that he always did what he truly thought best for the country would never fail to win you back in the end — even if you had been in a big fight,” McConnell said.

“I miss our friend,” added McConnell — who said he visited McCain and his wife, Cindy, last Sunday. “I’m glad he’s being honored with this film.”

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCongress raises pressure on Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia's myopia is the cause of the Khashoggi blunder Graham on Saudi Arabia: 'I feel completely betrayed' MORE (R-S.C.), McCain’s closest friend in Congress, said, “I always say, ‘I’ll be short,’ and John says, ‘Well, you are.’ ”

“The reason our colleagues are here is because they respect John,” Graham said of the bipartisan show of force, “and if you have not been on the other side of John, that means you didn’t do much in the Senate.”

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