'My name's Joe Biden. I'm a Democrat. And I loved John McCain.' Biden gives emotional eulogy at McCain's memorial service.

SnapStreamJoe Biden at Sen. John McCain’s memorial service on Thursday.
  • 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.”
  • Biden started by saying: “My name’s Joe Biden. I’m a Democrat. And I loved John McCain.”

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 recalled his travels across the world with McCain and described himself and the senator as “cockeyed optimists” about the future of America.

“Above all, we understood the same thing: All politics is personal,” Biden said. “It’s all about trust. I trusted John with my life, and I would, and I think he would trust me with his.”

Biden’s son Beau died from the same form of brain cancer as McCain and Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts. He recalled in his eulogy the pain that it brought him and his family.

“There are times when life can be so cruel, pain so blinding, it’s hard to see anything else,” Biden said, adding, “In order to survive, we have to remember how they lived, not how they died.”

Biden did not shy away from making a political statement during his eulogy. Talking about how much the Senate had changed since he and McCain arrived, Biden rebuked the state of politics in the US as he glared at senators in attendance at the service.

“It’s impossible to reach consensus,” Biden said, adding, “All we do today is attack the oppositions in both parties, their motives, not the substance of their argument.”

Biden concluded his eulogy by paraphrasing William Shakespeare: “We shall not see his like again.”

McCain lay in state at the Arizona State Capitol on Wednesday, and his funeral services will continue Friday when he will lie in state in the US Capitol’s rotunda. McCain will become the 33rd person and the 13th senator to receive the rare honour.

There will be a private service for McCain at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday morning before he is buried at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on Sunday.

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