Former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a tearful and emotional tribute to Senator John McCain on Thursday at his memorial service in Phoenix.
The former vice president promptly drew laughter from service attendees — opening his remarks by pronouncing the depths of his feelings for his friend:
“My name’s Joe Biden, I’m a Democrat, and I loved John McCain.”
Biden used much of his address to talk about his longtime history with McCain and the close bond they shared throughout their lives in politics. He expressed admiration for what McCain endured in the Vietnam War, discussed their mutual love of country, and their desire to make it better.
“The three men who have spoken before me I think captured John, different aspects of John in a way only someone close to him could understand,” Biden said. “But the way I look at it, the way I thought about it, was that, I always thought of I don’t know as a brother.”
Joe Biden with the perfect opening for his eulogy: "My name's Joe Biden. I'm a Democrat….and I loved John McCain." pic.twitter.com/ABDNSUZszF
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