McCain Misses Kennedy, Calls for Fresh Start on Health Care

By Nitya

Aug 23, 2009 8:06am

McCain misses Ted Kennedy.

“No person in that institution is indispensable, but Ted Kennedy comes as close to being indispensable as any individual I've ever known in the Senate because he had a unique way of sitting down with the parties at a table and making the right concessions, which really are the essence of successful negotiations. So it's huge that he's absent, not only because of my personal affection for him, but because I think the health care reform might be in a very different place today.”

McCain urged the President to begin his own bipartisan negotiations under one condition – drop the public option.

“I think he'd have to abandon the public option and that I think is what a lot of Americans now are concerned about.”

To read the full transcript click HERE.

-George Stephanopoulos

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