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 ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea MORE said Sunday the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMark 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 Mark Kelly launches Senate bid in Arizona 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.