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 FlakeBiden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Voting rights will be on '22, '24 ballots MORE (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that the biggest thing he learned from the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain to produce 'Don't Sweat the Small Stuff' Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear An August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Meghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' 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.”