Schumer: McCain is in senatorial ‘greatness’ category of Ted Kennedy

Schumer: McCain is in senatorial ‘greatness’ category of Ted Kennedy
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[Ed. – Ye gods.]

Audible gasps arose from the Dem side of the chamber in the wee hours this morning when McCain walked forward and cast a loud “no” vote — the 51st vote to kill a “skinny repeal” bill also opposed by Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine). …

“And the credit goes to a lot of people, but at the top of the list are the three who showed amazing courage to resist the pressure and do what’s good for the country. John McCain at the top of the list,” Schumer, who hugged McCain after the vote, said. “He and I have been friends for a very long time, ever since the Gang of Eight which we put together. And I have not seen a senator who speaks truth to power as strongly, as well and as frequently as John McCain. …

“I’ve known a few great men in the Senate. I’d put Ted Kennedy in that category and Danny Inouye. And I’d put John McCain in that category too,” he added. “And certainly not to be forgotten, of equal praise are Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. They were amazing. And women are in so many instances stronger than men. They brag less about it, but they are. And last night sort of proved that.”

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