Transcript for McCain gets standing ovation in return to Senate
Vice president arrives I stood in this place many times and addressed his present many presiding officers. I've been so addressed when I've said in that chair and that's as close as I'll ever be to a presidency and it. I stand here today. Looking a little worse for Wear I'm sure. I have a refreshed appreciation for protocols and customs of this body. And for the other 99 privileged souls. Who've been elected to this and I've known and admired men and admired men and women in the senate who played much more than a small role in our history true statesman. Giants of American politics. That come from both parties. And from various back programs your ambitions. We're frequently and come conflict. They held different views on the issues of today. And they often had very serious disagreements about how best to serve. The national interest. But they knew that however sharpened heartfelt their disputes. However keen their ambitions they had an obligation. To work collaborative Lee to ensure the senate discharge. It's constitutional responsibilities. Effectively. Our deliberations today. Not just our debates but the exercise of all of our responsibilities. Authorizing government policies appropriating the funds to implement X exercising our advice and consent role. Are often lively and interest. They can be sincere in principle. But there are more partisan more travel more of the time and in any time that I can remember. Our deliberations could still be important and useful. I think we'd all agree. They haven't been overburdened by greatness lately. Right now they are producing much for the American people. Both sides let this happen. Let's leave the history of who shot first in the history so I suspect they'll find we all conspired in our decline. Either by delivered actions or neglect. We've all played some role. Certainly I have. Sometimes have let my passion rule my reason. Sometimes I made it harder to find common ground. Because of something harsh I said to a colleague. Sometimes. Have wanted to win more for the sake of winning. And to achieve a contested policy. I hope we can again rely on humility and I need to cooperate. On our dependence on each other and learn how to trust each other again. And by so doing better serve the people who elected us stop listening to the bombastic lab mouse on the radio and television and the Internet. To hell with them. They don't want anything done for the public good. Let's trust each other let's return to regular order. We've been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across CIO. It's a privilege to serve with all. I mean. Many of you have reached out in the last few days with the your concern in your prayers. And it means a lot and it really does. That so many people say such nice things about me recently. That I think some of you must have me confused with someone else. I'll be here for a few days. I hope managing the Florida Bay and on the defense authorization bill which I'm proud to say is again a product of bipartisan cooperation and trust. Among the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. After that. I'm going home for a while to treat my illness. I have every intention of our returning here and giving many of you cause to regret all the nice thing she set up. And I hope to impress on you again. It is an honor. To serve the American people. In your company. Thank you fellow senators. Is present.
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