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it is 7:00 eastern. 4:00 out west. great to have you with us. i'm ana cabrera in new york. today the american impact of one man celebrated and honored at the national cathedral. that man the late u.s. senator john mccain. former u.s. presidents and vice presidents and lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle supporting, embracing the mccain family as they said farewell to the long-serving senator and vietnam war hero. notice not in the cathedral, not
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even in the city was president trump. he stayed away from the funeral because he was not invited. cnn's senior white house correspondent jeff zeleny is in washington. jeff. >> reporter: washington paid tribute and paid farewell to john mccain, an american patriot and politician. at the washington national cathedral, a living tableau of history. asemiing to say good-bye to a war hero and veteran republican senator. mccain's daughter overcome with grief and emotion throughout the week spoke passionately about her father with a poignant and pointed message. >> we gather to mourn the passing of american greatness. the real thing. for the opportunistic appropriation of those who live lives of comfort --
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>> reporter: inside it was the first of several references to president trump and his own brand of politics. her father reviled. >> the america of john mccain has no need to be made great again because america was always great. >> reporter: the funeral unfolded as a parting lesson in civility from mccain himself. he invited two men who distinguished his own dreams for the white house. george w. bush and barack obama. amid moments of humor. >> from trouble making plebe to presidential account. he confronted practices and policies he believed were unworthy of his country. to the face of those in authority, john mccain would insist we are better than this. america is better than this. >> reporter: but the personal tributes came at the sharp critique of today's tribal
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politics. >> trafficking and bombast and insult, and phony controversies and manufactured outrage. it's a politics that pretends to be brey and tough but in fact is born of fear. john called on us to be bigger than that. he called on us to be better than that. >> reporter: despite deep differences over politics and policy and obama said there were many with mccain, he still fostered a sense of american unity. >> when all was said and done, we were on the same team. we never doubted we were on the same team. >> reporter: while trump's name was never spoken, his absence was an unmistakable undercurrent. mccain made it clear he didn't want him there. the strained relationship goes back to when trump said real american heros aren't shot down.
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yet several of the president's advisers were on hand including ivanka, jared kushner, john kelly and james mattis. the senator was sent off in scripture and song with a gripping rendition of "danny boy". ♪ oh danny boy the pipes the pipes are calling ♪ >> he'll be laid to rest at the u.s. naval academy in annapolis, maryland. the senator's final resting place where at the naval academy cemetery near a lifelong friend, chuck larson. another veteran. senator mccain selected this out of the way spot in the shadow of navy shipman like he once was rather than the arlington cemetery with his father and grandfather are both buried.
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>> thank you for that report. joining us now is a former republican strategist, bill crystal. bill, good to have you with us. it's been a long day for you personally and everybody in washington. mccain knew this was coming. he planned his own funeral. what do you think he would have thought about today's ceremony? >> i think he would have enjoyed it and appreciated it. he would have had a bit of irony at times jeez, this is going on a little long. i mean, it was almost three hours, but honestly, i was moved in almost every minute. it was really a wonderful ceremony. in addition to the tributes to mccain, you had the marine band and the navy choir and the national cathedral choir, and renee fleming singing danny boy and wonderful talks. you felt good about america. this is a country that has --
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can appropriately honor the best among us, those who have served the country so valiantly and so well. i thought as i was watching the speakers, you had joe lieberman, first in his family to go to college. henry kissinger. george w. bush, the other side of the spectrum, the son of a president from a distinguished family, obviously, and barack obama, the african american son of a single mother basically and raised by her and by his grandparents. you thought, you know, this is america. right? and that's pretty amazing. these four people rise to the top along with john mccain, different points of view. different backgrounds, all honoring john mccain and honoring the country, really. >> yeah. and notably not there to honor john mccain, president trump and his name, of course, never mentioned, but as you just heard, there were many references to him. certainly the decision not to invite the sitting president of
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the united states was going to make trump an issue. were you comfortable with the degree of politics and the way it played a part in today'ser is mo mo moanny? >> it appealed to the best of our traditions. you know, maybe in a little bit of a sentimental way. that's what you would expect at a funeral honoring someone like john mccain, but in a real way. i talked to many people former staffers of mccain, people who have worked with him, and people who worked on the other side. the actual people who knew mccain in so many ways. i think they all felt this was a bit of a call to the country not in a narrow political sense but in a sense to rise above maybe the current moment and do better for our country. and i hope some of the senators and congressman who were there, some of the other people who were there will rise to the occasion, honestly. >> joe lieberman today remembering one of senator mccain's final iconic moments,
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casting that decisive vote against president trump's plan to repeal obamacare. let's listen. >> that speech made clear that his vote was not really against that bill but against the mindless partnership that has taken control of both of our political parties and our government and produced totally one-sided responses to complicated national problems like health care. >> bill, president trump has made clear that he views this moment of that thumbs down on the senate floor as betrayal of the republican part, not bipartisanship. how do you think history will judge it? >> i think senator mccain did what he thought was the right thing. people can have different views on health care policy and how much was given up by not passing that particular version of legislation, but i thought it was john mccain doing what he
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thought was right, and it deserves to be respected and not mocked the way the current occupant of the white house currently does. joe lieberman was terrific. his speech had anecdotes. it was a little more personal perhaps than the others, funnier, and he told a funny story. mccain was a witty man, and lieberman was both the butt of his humor occasionally and also he's a witty man. there was a -- that was another thing. we're being serious today, but the high spirits with which mccain engaged in politics and public life is also something we've forgotten. not everything has to be bitter or dead serious and solemn. mccain had a real kind of sense of enjoyment of politics and what he -- he was serious about obviously the country and helping disdents abroad. he took that seriously, but he
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combined it with a real love of life and of the joy of politics. >> you definitely got that from the other speakers too. he was serious and you could disagree and have pepic battles on positions and policy and yet, you could still be friends with this guy. it was never taken too personally. you talked about the bipartisanship that mccain represented. also his ability to be really cut through that atmosphere of polarized politics. after this week of reflection, do you think it will spark change, mccain's death or will it go back to business as usual? >> you know, that's a huge question. we talked a lot of us were milling around after as you can imagine standing out the national cathedral. it was one of the main topics of conversation. will this change the mood? i think it will ultimately -- john mccain's life will inspire people, younger people, give them a vision. whether it will inspire people
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in the here and now as we come out of labor day weekend into an election campaign and with everything going back and forth? maybe that's a tougher question. i really think, i guess maybe -- i think the country would respond to the kinds of appeals with the kind of politics we heard discussed today, and i hope some senators, congressmen, candidates step up and offer that. mccain was an incredible hero. we went through things none of us have had to go through. he prevailed. he had an amazing public career. none of us can be john mccain, but we can take parts of john mccain's legacy and advance them whether it's bipartisanship at home, or standing up for liberty abroad or just being an admirable public figure as mccain was. i hope it has some effect, yeah. >> could it be a moment of reckoning for the republican party, your party, will they have to choose between being the party of john mccain or the
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party of donald trump? >> i think they have had -- they've made that choice in a bad way for the last couple of years, if i can put it that way. there's time to recover, i think, and not to erase what's happened. two years isn't that long in the big span of things and i think mccain offers an alternate way forward. >> bill crystal, thank you. >> thank you. the eyes of the nation are on senator mccain's family as they mourn the loss of the family patriarch. sin di mccain tweeted this picture. she wrote these touching words. today we lost our hero, our friend, our mentor. our father, our grandfather, and our husband. together we mourn and together we go on. they waited in long lines in the summer heat to pay their final respects to john mccain.
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we'll show you how everyday americans said their good-byes. and remembering one of their own members of the american legion hail mccain's service while dishing out some advise for the president. >> do you think, though, that president trump was disrespectful to john mccain, particularly in his dying days? >> yes. yes. >> how did that make you feel as a veteran, as someone who was wounded for this country? >> we are family. get more out of your busy life where you can shop with confidence and convenience plus get these 4 benefits from kenmore at sears. and save during our labor day event with your sears card. get up to fifty percent off appliances. this high efficiency washer and matching dryer now $539.99 each. and this fingerprint resistant french door refrigerator now $899.99. hurry in for savings to the sears labor day event!
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gathered today at the national cathedral in washington for mccain's funeral, there was this moment. ♪ i love him so >> during the performance of one of mccain's favorite songs "danny boy" when his wife tearfully leaned on her son's jack's shoulder. this is a reminder of a wife's personal loss. we are walked through today's service which were some was as much a call to arms as it was a eulogy. >> no doubt this was a solemn tribute for john mccain. a man who especially here in washington has become a larger than life figure. there were a number of things i was struck by. obviously there were a lot of important people inside. these were people specifically invited to the service by the family, but as you look along
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wisconsin avenue just outside of the washington national cathedral, you saw average americans lining up, peeking through the fence, hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the ceremony and many of them paying their respects. mccain's hearse made its way through d.c. there were powerful and moving trik tri tributes from henry kissinger, barack obama and george w. bush. you saw this was an event that was, no doubt, planned second by second by senator mccain before his passing, and there were themes he wanted to hit on. clearly themes of bipartisanship, putting country before self and, of course, selfless sacrifice. let's talk about that crowd. there were a lot of important people. dignitaries, politicians from both sides of the aisle. people like bill and hillary clinton. al gore. john kerry, the former secretary of state. jay leno and, of course, a
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basketball star among many athletes who were in attendance. this has been a lengthy memorial in honor of john mccain's life. a celebration of life. it will come to an end on sunday when his body is taken to annapolis where he's laid to rest at his beloved naval academy. much more to come on the life of john mccain of this fitting tribute he played out probably exactly as he hoped. >> ryan, thank you. earlier i had a chance to speak to a former u.s. senator, a georgia republican who served alongside senator mccain on the senate armed forces committee and he is counted among john mccain's friends. >> nobody would ever agree with john on everything. that's why john was a great member of the united states senate. it's supposed to be the world's most dlib rative body. we have to act in bipartisan
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ways and john epitomized that. my travels with john were to iraq and afghanistan and theater in the heat of battle where john was so well-respected, because he loved those men and women that represent the united states in times of conflict like this, and for john to be able to go in and look the men and women in the eye and say thanks for what you're doing was pure joy to him, so i enjoyed my visits with him. but also i traveled the world with him. any number of times, and john mccain was just so well recognized, nurl omber one, as great symbol of america, and he was so well respected by leaders all around the world. didn't make any difference what their politics were or what their thoughts were on some
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issues. where john might disagree and may have made some comments about it, but john was just so well thought of and so well-respected in every corner of the world. >> and that was made even more clear when you look at the impes list for his services where you have leaders and representatives of administrations from countries all around the world who wanted to come and pay tribute to this man, this lion of a man. you are quick to point out john mccain was hugely respected in the u.s. military circles, and the reasons are obvious. obviously his own personal story is so amazing. you call it inspirational when you saw people interact with him. tell us more about a time, if you have a memory where you saw that respected and you were inspired by it. >> well, any time john hit the ground in a theater where we're in a conflict, john was immediately surrounded by young
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men and women who were wearing the uniform who were putting their life in harm's way exactly like john did. he knew the sacrifice they were making. they knew the sacrifices that john mccain had made, so there was just a natural bond between john mccain and the military personnel that were serving in iraq and afghanistan. john used to make a habit of going on particular and special times of the year like thanksgiving. i spent several thanksgivings with john, in both iraq and afghanistan, and he delighted in being able to have three or four different thanksgiving dinners with troops in different parts of those respective countries. >> my thanks to formthe former senator who served alongside john mccain. a battle brewing between a
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political party that is aligned with russia. it was part of his plea deal. he admits to helping to funnel money from a ukrainian oligarch to donald trump's presidential inaugural committee. the case began as part of the investigation of special counsel robert mueller who referred it to the u.s. attorney's office in washington d.c. now, under federal law it's illegal for foreigners to donate to an inaugural committee. he had someone else spend $50,000 on four tickets to the trump inauguration, and a ukrainian reimbursed the money. the plea deal is the first public indication about the line of inquiry. president trump's lawyer, rudy giuliani, says the plea deal has nothing to do with president trump. >> it turned out to be an irrelevant indictment where i think mueller turned into a private prosecutor. what does this have to do with
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president trump? not a single thing. it has nothing to do with collusion. some guy who donated to the inauguration? there are about 500,000 people who donated. >> reporter: as part of the plea agreement, patent agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. that would include any requests made by special counsel robert mueller. evan perez, cnn, washington. joining us now, cnn legal analyst, shan is a former federal prosecutor and now defense attorney. good to have you with us. patent admitted he funneled the money from a ukrainian oligarch. if rudy giuliani say this has nothing to do with the president? >> absolutely not. he cannot credibly say that, and it's unclear to me what he meant by mueller's being a private prosecutor. i'm not sure what he means by that, but what this shows is that the connections to russia continue to be revealed.
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of course, they've been revealed to the special counsel quite some time ago. we're only getting it in drips and drabs. it's not even necessarily circumstantial evidence that the president was involved in some type of collusion. the atmosphere shows there's very good cause to be investigating areas to probe exactly just how to what extent there was russian collusion in terms of other people in the campaign and in terms of the russian efforts to effect the campaign and the election. >> patent has agreed now to cooperate with robert mueller. why would mueller want or need his cooperation? >> well, he is going to be somebody who can give them more information about the way that the russians were trying to interact with people, the way they were trying to influence people, and it's interesting. when you think about the mind set of cooperators, i've had clients who want to cooperate. they usually don't start out wanting to cooperate. there's a strong sense of denial
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of being angry, at being asked this many questions. what's important with patent's situation is we're seeing it at the tail end. we're expecting cooperation. we're going to learn more. it's important to know that long before he reaches the plea deal, there's extensive cooperation. there's debriefings and proffers by his lawyer. so at this point everything that he may have that's relevant is already known to the government. so they're already following up leads on that to see where it may take them and how valuable it may be. >> george pop lop douse, we know what he told investigators. according to court documents filed last night. here's what papadopoulos says happened after he pitched setting up a meeting between then candidate trump and vladimir putin. he says well, some in the room rebuffed george's offer, mr. trump nodded with approval and deferred to mr. sessions who appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should
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look into it. shan, is this a problem now for attorney general jeff sessions because he previously said under oath that he pushed back on this idea? >> it certainly seems to be a potentially big problem for him. i have to say that it certainly strikes us now that it's propostrouse that trump thinks sessions should not have recused himself. now there's a credibility problem with him. he might have to lawyer up. he might be able to say his recollection was fuzzy. his original testimony, he was trying to be label ambiguous about things. this raises a question as to whether he himself was being truthful and whether he might end up being a target. >> the president has been attacking sessions and he said the job is at least safe until the midterms but the contradiction now based on the filing by papadopoulos's team could give president trump more
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ammo, i suppose, in his desire to get rid of sessions. >> i think it does give him more ammo. he can claim perhaps sessions is a liar and wasn't telling the truth. he is not going to want to agree with this characterization that anyone on his team was anxious for the meeting, much less that he was anxious for it. and frankly, of course, trump has not testified, so he right now doesn't face any type of false statements, situation. but sessions has, and that's clearly a contradictory version of the way that sessions has been trying to portray things. i think that's a problem for them. >> let me ask you about don mccain, white house counsel. we're told he's exiting. of course, this comes after his 30-hour or so meetings with the special counsel which the president has tweeted had nothing to do with him now leaving the white house. what's your take on his exit? >> his exit certainly he has not
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been very happy there. it seems like he's been rather ostracized and exiled to siberia in the white house. the damage he's done in terms of revealing things is enormous. it's worse than having trump sit down. he has raw, unfilters access to what the president was thinking. the president would have been talking to him, musing out loud, asking his advice, whether things were right or wrong. his type of testimony is really, really damaging, and 30 hours is just an enormous amount of time, and it's really unclear whether people were just asleep at the switch having him walk in to do that. if he were my violeclient, i wo have spent double that time preparing. it's unclear if they knew he was doing if there. you think about a kid saying i'm going to do work at school and
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instead he sneaks off for mueller for a cigarette j and the parents, meaning rudy giuliani didn't know what he was up to. the idea now they can claim they're certain he did no damage, they have no idea what he said, and he leaves the white house in the dark. >> shan, thank you so much for taking the time. >> good to see you. thanks. it was a funeral service for a queen. friends, family, fans gathering to remember the life and legacy of the queen of soul. aretha franklin. you're live in the cnn news room. behr presents: ordinary versus overachiever. a lot of paints say they can do the job, but just one can 'behr' through it all. ♪ behr premium plus, a top rated interior paint
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♪ amazing grace ♪ how sweet the sound >> power house, jennifer hudson singing amazing grace at frank lin -- aretha franklin's funeral. the star studded send fun for franklin yesterday was meaningful in message and music. my colleague fredricka whitfield was there. ♪
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home going fit for a queen. queen of soul, aretha franklin. >> gospel praise from the clark sisters to an aretha classic performed by pop princess ariana grande. ♪ you make me feel like a natural woman ♪ >> reporter: two weeks after her passing the 76-year-old in a gold-plated casket was celebrated as an artist, friend, icon, and inspiration. >> i've been watching the celebration of your life from everywhere. the world is going to miss you, and i know that i'm going to miss you so much, because i miss our talks. it's really going to be different without you. >> reporter: love and respect from the highest notes. ♪ lord
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>> reporter: to the highest elected public office. >> we started out as like aretha group byies or something. >> she lived with courage. not with fear, but overcoming her fears. she lived with faith, not without failure but overcoming her failures. she lived with power, not without weakness but overcoming her weaknesses. i just loved her. >> reporter: from former u.s. attorney general erik holder. >> she was always ours. there has never been, there will never be another voice melded to the artistry that was ms. aretha franklin. >> reporter: never considering herself political, she was a favorite inauguration fixture to
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three presidents spanning 30 years. as a young woman she lent to artistry to dr. martin luther king's cause, later tearfully sing at his funeral. the metal of freedom, her song "respect" considered an anthem of the civil rights movement and women's advocacy. at her detroit service in the greater grace temple, power voices. chaka khan, and jennifer hudson. and sentiments from the youngest members of the franklin family awe struck and grateful. >> as a kid, i couldn't understand what it was like to be aretha franklin's granddaughter. i didn't know what that meant, b but now i know what it feels
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like. she's a part of who i am. >> i want to thank everyone who bought her album or concert ticket. >> you show the world god's love, and there's nothing more honorable. >> reporter: fans and friends remembering and rejoicing the heart of detroit and the soul of a nation. >> aretha's voice will be heard. aretha's voice will be impacting. aretha's voice will be influencing others literally for centuries to come. >> a beautiful service for the queen of soul. we'll be right back. (man) managing my type 2 diabetes wasn't my top priority. until i held her. i found my tresiba® reason. now i'm doing more to lower my a1c. i take tresiba® once a day. tresiba® controls blood sugar for 24 hours
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president trump was not invited to senator john mccain's memorial services. earlier i spoke with former senator majority leader and world war ii veteran and asked him what the president should learn from the life and legacy of senator john mccain. >> well, the president trump made a mistake in one of the debates and he said john mccain is not a hero. oh, he is the only one in america probably who thought that way.
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but john didn't want him to come to the funeral, so he said nice things and stayed away. >> lackluster, half hearted, outrageous, those were some of the words used to describe president trump's initial response to the death of john mccain and now it veteran's group it is speaking out again. cnn's gary tuckman reports. >> reporter: there are nearly 2 million members of the american legion, one of those members was senator john mccon. >> i think john mccain one of the greatest heroes this country has ever seen. >> reporter: at the 100 national american legion convention, you hear that sentiment over and over again from these war time veterans who in most cases voted for in support of president donald trump. seriously wounded in a grenade blast during the vietnam war era.
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he strongly suports the president. do you think the president was disrespectful to john mccain, particularly in his dying days? >> yes. >> reporter: how does that is make you feel? >> because we are family. >> reporter: many are emotionally pained by how a president for who the most part they admired acted towards john mccain. who here believes john mccain was a hero? does anybody believe he was ant hero no hands. so when you heard president trump say he doesn't believe people who were captured were heroes, was that insulting? how did that make you feel? >> it's ridiculous. they paid more than we did. >> from illinois served in the army in vietnam. you supported donald trump for president. you believe john mccain's a hero. if you could talk to the president about how he acted
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towards john mcwayne when he was alive and now that he's passed away, what would you say? >> i would tell him that he was very disrespectful for that and i don't agree with it. >> reporter: they were so upset by the president's behavior following senator mccain's death that they released a statement urging the president to make an appropriate presidential proclamation noting his death and legacy of service to our nation and that our nation's flag be half-staffed through his internment. the legion's national director of media relations. >> it was requested of the commander and chief saying this is a long standing tradition. we'll direct your attention back to what's been done in the past and ask that you follow that tradition. >> reporter: the marine corps women's reserve member has been alived for four of these liege conventions. she voted for donald trump. >> i would say i don't like the way he treated him.
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but it's been -- what's been done's been done and there's nothing i can do about it to change that. >> reporter: does that make you sad? >> he should maybe apologize or -- yeah, it makes me sad. >> reporter: gary tuckman, cnn, indianapolis. >> and now a sweet moment illustrate thing lighter side of bipartisanship, former president george w. bush sneaking a piece of candy to michelle obama during the service for the late senator john mccain. and whispers thank you and look at the smile on president obama's face. they may seem like perhaps an unlikely friendship pairing but their special bond actually dates back years. the two are often seated next to each other at formal events. well, they were no question his greatest political rivals but they were also the two people john mccain wanted to tell his life story. just ahead the remarks of
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