Hillary Clinton: McCain knew what it meant to be an American 'in the marrow of his bones'

Hillary Clinton: McCain knew what it meant to be an American 'in the marrow of his bones'
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' The problem with Trump's Middle East peace plan Trump's Intel moves spark Democratic fury MORE said Sunday the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: GOP lawmaker takes unannounced trip to Syria | Taliban leader pens New York Times op-ed on peace talks | Cheney blasts paper for publishing op-ed GOP lawmaker makes unannounced trip to northeastern Syria Meghan McCain after Gaetz says Trump should pardon Roger Stone: 'Oh come on' MORE (R-Ariz.) "really understood in the marrow of his bones what it meant to be an American."

The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said on NBC's "Meet the Press" with Chuck Todd that McCain knew how important it was for politicians to work together, and to trust each other.

"He knew that the Senate couldn't work if we didn't work together," she said.

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"I think it was heartbreaking to him that — as he said in the speech he gave right before he voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act, that we need to cooperate. We need to learn how to trust each other again and do better to serve the people who elected us," she added.

McCain died of brain cancer Saturday.

Clinton also said U.S. institutions, including McCain's beloved Senate, are being severely tested.

"And he was, in every way he knew how, trying to sound the alarm to get all of us as Americans to understand that if we abandon the ideals that we have stood for around the globe, if we turn our back on leadership on behalf of human rights and the kind of future we want to forge for our children and grandchildren, we will be giving up on what he fought for, what he was imprisoned for, what he stood for, and in a long line of American patriots," she said.