Business Insider reports –
“Former Vice President Joe Biden gave an emotional eulogy at Sen. John McCain’s memorial service in Arizona on Thursday, calling the former Republican presidential candidate “a brother.”
Wiping tears from his eyes, Biden started by saying: “My name’s Joe Biden. I’m a Democrat. And I loved John McCain.”
After saying he thought of McCain, who died Saturday at 81, as his brother, Biden said their brotherhood included “a lot of family fights.”
“We’d talk about family,” Biden said of his relationship with McCain. “We’d talk about politics. We’d talk about international relations. We’d talk about promise — the promise of America.’”
Biden highlighted the qualities he believed exemplified McCain, claiming the same would never be associated with President Trump in the eulogy that sounded more like a campaign speech. Shouting from the pulpit at the North Phoenix Baptist Church, Biden stated – “It wasn’t about politics with John. He could disagree on substance but it was the underlying values that animated everything John did. Everything he was.”
“Where he would part company with you was if you lacked the basic values of decency and respect, knowing this project is bigger than yourself. He could not stand the abuse of power, wherever he saw it,” Biden noted of McCain, “in whatever form, in whatever country. It was always about basic values with John – fairness, honesty, respect,” he added.
Biden’s words echoed as the former vice president under former President Barrack Obama mulls whether he will throw his own hat in the ring yet again to run for president in 2020 against President Trump.
Biden defended McCain’s values saying, “John understood that America was first and foremost an idea. All we do today is to attack the opposition in both parties – their motives, not the substance of their argument.”