Sasse: McCain affectionally called me 'stupid bastard' on a 'regular basis'

Sasse: McCain affectionally called me 'stupid bastard' on a 'regular basis'
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GOP Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseSenate Republicans running away from Alabama abortion law Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order to protect US networks from Chinese tech | Huawei downplays order | Trump declines to join effort against online extremism | Facebook restricts livestreaming | FCC proposes new tool against robocalls Huawei officials say they would 'welcome' US ban on tech posing national security risk MORE (Neb.) joked on Tuesday that GOP Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump Several factors have hindered 'next up' presidential candidates in recent years Small Florida county that backed Trump one of two targeted by Russians: reports MORE (Ariz.) affectionally referred to him as a "stupid bastard" on "a regular basis." 
"I've been cussed out by John McCain lots of times. He would call me stupid bastard on a regular basis and he meant it affectionately," Sasse said from the Senate floor. 
Sasse added that he was "convinced that he didn't use the term 'stupid bastard' lightly -- he reserved it for those he really cared about." 
Sasse was one of nearly 20 senators who took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to remember McCain, who died on Saturday after battling brain cancer for more than a year. 
Many of McCain's colleagues have humorously recounted McCain's well known temper and his penchant for giving people he liked otherwise negative sounding nicknames. 
Sasse recounted during his speech how McCain talked about how he and fellow prisoners would tap out messages to each other at the "Hanoi Hilton," the prison where McCain and others were held during the Vietnam War. 
"I said 'how long did it take to do that,'" Sasse said about the code system. "And he looked at me like I was just a complete idiot. And he said 'what did I care? What the hell did it matter to me, we had infinite time.'"