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 FlakeThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump eyes wall money options as shutdown hits 21 days Poll: Sanders most popular senator, Flake least CBS News in talks to hire Flake: report MORE (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that the biggest thing he learned from the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump is right: Walls work on the southern border How news media omissions distort Russia probe narrative ... and shield Democrats Arizona city council halts work on mural honoring John McCain over ‘protocol’ concerns, neighbor complaints 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.”