As lawmakers and leaders joined to honor Senator John McCain, Vice President Mike Pence made remarks at his funeral in the U.S. Capitol.
Pence spoke on President Donald Trump’s behalf, calling McCain an “American patriot,” honoring McCain’s 60 years of service, The Washington Examiner reported.
McCain is the 31st person to receive the honor of lying in state in the Rotunda in the United States Capitol.
In opening his speech, Pence said, “The president asked me to be here on behalf of a grateful nation, to pay a debt of honor and respect to a man who served our country throughout his life.”
Karen and I send our deepest condolences to Cindy and the entire McCain family on the passing of Senator John McCain. We honor his lifetime of service to this nation in our military and in public life. His family and friends will be in our prayers. God bless John McCain.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) August 26, 2018
“On behalf of a grateful nation, we will ever remember that John McCain served his country,” Pence said. “And that John McCain served his country honorably.”
“In my years in Congress and as vice president, we didn’t always agree either, and he almost always noticed,” Pence said, The New York Times reported. “But his support for limited government, for tax reform, and support for our armed forces surely made our nation more prosperous and more secure, and he will be missed.”
My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2018
Pence also praised McCain during the American Legion’s 100th National Convention on Thursday, saying McCain was “a particular veteran that I know is on the hearts and minds of people all across America as we gather here,” USA Today reported.
Others who spoke at the service in Washington, D.C. included Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis).
“I will miss a dear friend whose smile reminded us that service is a privilege and whose scars reminded us of the great cost that brave souls pay for our freedom,” McConnell said, The Washington Examiner reported.
Watch Ryan’s speech here:
“Hemingway once wrote, ‘The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are strong at the broken places,'” Ryan said, according to The Washington Examiner. “No one was stronger at the broken places than John McCain.”