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 ClintonPompeo: 'We've not been successful' in changing US-Russia relations Michael Moore ties Obama to Trump's win in Michigan in 2016 The Memo: Could Kavanaugh furor spark another ‘year of the woman’? MORE said Sunday the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump hits McCain on ObamaCare vote GOP, White House start playing midterm blame game Arizona race becomes Senate GOP’s ‘firewall’ 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.