VIDEO: Senator David Perdue Remembers Senator John McCain

“John was an American patriot. He was an American hero. He was a personal friend of mine.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) recalls some of his greatest memories with Senator John McCain ahead of attending the memorial ceremony. On Friday, August 31, 2018, Senator McCain will lie in state at the United States Capitol, followed by a formal ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda at approximately 11:00am ET.

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McCain tribute


Favorite Memory: “One of my greatest memories with John McCain was during my campaign. It was the first time I'd ever run for anything, and John came down to Georgia a month before our election. We were having a rally to honor veterans. John walked all the way across that auditorium, came up with tears in his eyes, and hugged a man that I had not been introduced to yet. It turns out, that man was a retired Air Force pilot who for a time was in the cell next to John McCain during his time in the Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam. It was an emotional moment for everybody in the auditorium. I’ll never forget it.”

Advocate For Our Troops: “John McCain was Chairman of the Armed Services Committee while I was a member. I traveled to places like Afghanistan with John and saw how deeply he cared for the men and women in uniform.”

American Patriot: “John was an American patriot. He was an American hero. He was a personal friend of mine.”

Lifting Up Prayers: “My wife, Bonnie, and I send our best wishes and condolences to Cindy McCain and the entire family. I want them to know that they will be lifted up in our prayers.”


Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.