McCain expressed her happiness to be back at the Hot Topics table, but also shed tears as she individually thanked her View co-hosts for their support during her father’s death. She also took time to thank the many people who paid their respects to the senator.
“I really want to thank all of America for being so kind to my family,” McCain said. “From the second that my father passed and immediately after he passed the media knew and I had to get in a car in a motorcade behind his hearse and from the very moment I left there were people in the country all races, all age, all creeds out there with American flags waving, saluting, praying, everyone, he would have loved it.”
McCain also spoke about her father’s lasting legacy.
“Everyone came out and celebrated him with love and it made me so inspired that the ideals that my father espoused to in his career are the ideals of America and I think there was a lot of talk about what died with him and I am here today to tell you it didn’t. It is alive and well. And I need us to remember that. He believed in American exceptionalism. He believed America is the greatest country in the history of the world. He believed that when your candidate’s opponent says something racist in a rally, you push back. That is John McCain and that is what America is.”
McCain also took a moment to reference the current political climate in America, urging the audience to keep fighting, as her father taught her.
“We can never surrender to what is happening in the country right now. I understand how divided and how scared a lot of people are and it looks like the fabric of democracy is fraying. We do not surrender. I’m not surrendering. You don’t do it either so you have to join me in not surrendering. OK. Because I’m still here fighting and I want all of you to fight.”
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