Flake says forgiveness is biggest lesson learned from McCain

Flake says forgiveness is biggest lesson learned from McCain
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger MORE (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that the biggest thing he learned from the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech Mark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump's next move on border deal MORE (R-Ariz.) is to forgive.

“You know ... people talk about he had a temper, it was passionate, that’s certainly the case. But he would quickly forgive and move on and to see the good in his opponents, that is something that particularly these days we could use a lot more of,” Flake said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

"That’s a lesson that he taught everyone.”

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McCain died Saturday at the age of 81 after battling brain cancer.

“How do we honor his legacy?” Stephanopoulos asked.

"By seeing the good in our opponents," Flake, who is retiring from the Senate, said.

“By being quick to forgive, by realizing that there’s something more important than ourselves, to put service, you know, over and above our self interest, as he often said. And as he lived, I think that that’s how we honor him.”