Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), which former Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain worked closely with when he was in office, released a statement Sunday to commemorate his death.
“My prayers today are with the family of Senator John McCain. As seen in the outpouring of praise for his remarkable life from across the country and around the world, we are reminded of the many aspects of life that transcend politics and public policy. The legacy of our lives is carried on by our families and our eternal relationship with God, through the Savior of mankind, Jesus Christ,” Perkins said. (RELATED: Report: McCain Will Be The 13th Senator To Lie In State In The Capitol Rotunda)
“While there were policy positions Senator McCain held that I disagreed with, many of which we discussed, I respected John for his service to our country and his fighting spirit. Over my 15 years in Washington, I came to know him on a more personal basis; discussing his love for his children and family, along with those things spiritual and eternal.”
McCain worked with the FRC to drum up support from the Christian conservative base during his 2008 run for president alongside Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin as he positioned himself as a champion of human rights, tackling issues such as abortion and preserving free speech.
“We are not a perfect nation. But each time we fail, our conscience should sting and we should resolve to do better,” McCain said at the FRC Values Voters Summit in 2015. “Whatever our flaws, whatever dangers we face, however sharp our debates, we must remain a country with a conscience. And our conscience should always sting and call us to action when we let inhumanity persist where we could do something about it.”
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