GOP, Dem lawmakers come together for McCain documentary
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An absent Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Video depicting Trump killing media, critics draws backlash Backlash erupts at video depicting Trump killing media, critics Cindy McCain condemns video of fake Trump shooting political opponents, late husband 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 SchumerTrump defends 'crime buster' Giuliani amid reported probe Louisiana voters head to the polls in governor's race as Trump urges GOP support Trump urges Louisiana voters to back GOP in governor's race then 'enjoy the game' 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 McConnellFury over Trump Syria decision grows Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Trump to slap sanctions on Turkey for Syria offensive | Trump calls on Turkey to broker ceasefire | Pelosi, Graham seek deal on sanctions | Ex-Trump aide testifies in impeachment probe Trump: Let Assad, Russia or China protect the Kurds 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 GrahamGraham throws support behind Trump's Turkey sanctions Hillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill Fury over Trump Syria decision grows 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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Among those eyed at the screening: the senator’s 106-year-old mother, Roberta McCain; his brother, Joe McCain; daughter Sidney McCain; Sens. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowUSDA nixes release of multiple reports over researcher exodus Schumer throws support behind Pelosi impeachment inquiry Senate Democrats hesitant to go all-in on impeachment probe MORE (D-Mich.); Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenators take fundraising efforts to Nats playoff games Overnight Health Care: Watchdog finds DEA allowed more opioids even as overdose deaths rose | Judge temporarily blocks Georgia abortion law | Three states report more vaping deaths | Dem proposes new fix for surprise medical bills During impeachment storm, senators cross aisle to lessen mass incarceration MORE (D-Ill.); Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonJoe Lieberman's son running for Senate in Georgia Poll: Majority of independent voters want GOP to retain control of Senate in 2020 Embracing President Mike Pence might be GOP's best play MORE (R-Ga.); John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.); Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerHillicon Valley: Trump official declines to testify on trade protections for tech | Senators call for better info-sharing on supply chain threats | Apple pulls app after Chinese pressure Key Democrat presses FTC over Facebook settlement's 'dangerous precedent' Cyber rules for self-driving cars stall in Congress MORE (R-Miss.); Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenOvernight Energy: Advisory panel pushes park service to privatize campgrounds | Dems urge Perry to keep lightbulb efficiency rules | Marshall Islands declares national climate crisis Democrats urge Rick Perry not to roll back lightbulb efficiency rules Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Planned Parenthood charges into 2020 | PhRMA CEO warns against Pelosi drug pricing bill | Medicaid work requirements costing states millions MORE (D-N.H.) and Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderGOP braces for impeachment brawl McConnell tightlipped as impeachment furor grows GOP senator: 'Inappropriate' to discuss opponents, but impeachment a 'mistake' MORE (R-Tenn.) having a bipartisan pow-wow and cracking jokes at a reception table outside the Congressional Auditorium; CNN’s Dana Bash, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSupport drops for Medicare for All but increases for public option Hillicon Valley: Warren takes on Facebook over political ads | Zuckerberg defends meetings with conservatives | Civil liberties groups sound alarm over online extremism bill Feehery: Trump may be down, but he's not out yet MORE (D-Mass.); Tammy Haddad; Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand Bennet2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the October showdown The Hill's Campaign Report: Impeachment fight to take center stage at Dem debate 2020 Presidential Candidates MORE (D-Colo.); Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyUN Security Council to meet after Turkey launches Syria offensive Trump faces growing GOP revolt on Syria To win the federal paid family leave debate, allow states to lead the way MORE (R-La.); Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGOP braces for impeachment brawl Murkowski warns against rushing to conclusions on Trump impeachment GOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe MORE (R-Alaska); Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold Johnson10 top Republicans who continue to deny the undeniable GOP braces for impeachment brawl Bipartisan senators want federal plan for sharing more info on supply chain threats MORE (R-Wis.) chatting with Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenators take fundraising efforts to Nats playoff games Senate Intelligence report triggers new calls for action on election security Sunday shows - Second whistleblower grabs spotlight MORE (R-Mo.) and “PBS NewsHour” anchor Judy Woodruff; and Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerGeorge Conway hits Republicans for not saying Trump's name while criticizing policy Trump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia MORE (R-Tenn.).