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Graham mourns McCain: ‘I’ve lost one of my dearest friends and mentor’

Graham mourns McCain: ‘I’ve lost one of my dearest friends and mentor’
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“America and Freedom have lost one of her greatest champions.….And I’ve lost one of my dearest friends and mentor,” Graham tweeted.

The two were known to be close friends and allies.

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"He is loyal to his friends. He loves his country. And if he has to stand up to his party for his country, so be it," Graham said of McCain in 2017. "He would die for his country. I love him to death."

McCain's office announced that the senator died Saturday afternoon, just one day after his family announced that McCain would no longer be receiving treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer.

The “progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age” had rendered “their verdict,” his family wrote.

McCain, a giant of the Senate, survived years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before becoming a leading actor on the political stage for decades.