Sen. Lindsey Graham fought through tears during a tribute to his late best friend Sen. John McCain on the Senate floor on Tuesday.
Graham and McCain have been friends since the Senate push for President Bill Clinton’s impeachment and on Tuesday, Graham spoke about McCain’s life and legacy. McCain passed away on Saturday evening after a long battle with brain cancer.
Graham particularly struggled emotionally when he talked about how McCain ceded the presidential race to Barack Obama in 2008.
“[McCain] had wanted to be president. He was prepared to be president. But it was not his to have,” Graham said. “And I remember above all else, the speech he gave that night.”
“John taught us how to lose,” Graham asserted.
“The reason we’re talking about him today and the reason I’m crying is because he was successful in spite of his failures,” Graham said. “The joy that you received from being with him will sustain you for a lifetime and I am so lucky to have been in his presence.”