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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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Barr’s first task as AG: Look at former FBI leaders’ conduct Debate builds over making Mueller report public MORE (R-S.C.) expressed grief on Saturday over the announcement of GOP Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGrassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices Listen, learn and lead: Congressional newcomers should leave the extremist tactics at home Overnight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal MORE’s death.

“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.

"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.