Transcript for Paul Ryan tells McCain family: 'We share your anguish in losing this great man'
On behalf of a grateful nation. And on behalf of congress. I want to begin by giving things to the McCain family. For you war. Many years of service to our country. We share your anguish and losing this. Great man. Rarely does this glorious rotunda fall silent at this hour park and a deal like this. John would usually be bounding this way or that way right through here visitors turning to each other. Asking if that's who they think you days. But in this quiet hour. We are left to ponder. How his life speaks to us. John McCain. Deserves to be remembered as he wished to be remembered. A patriot. Who served his country. A man yes of the senate. But also a man of the house. A navy man. A family man. A man who made an enormous. Difference. In the lives of countless. People. A man of conviction. A man of state. There's a line from his farewell statement. That really just grabbed me. All right Kennedys and sense of worth are not circumscribed but enlarged. By serving good causes bigger than ourselves. That's John McCain. How fitting in how true. What stands out about John McCain is. What he stood for. The rich blessings that only. Freedom can bestow. The sense of purpose that a battle join you can bring. The common humanity that burns in each of our hearts. Hemingway once wrote. The world breaks everyone. And after word. Many are strong at the broken places. No one. No one was stronger at the broken places than John McCain. The broken this was his catalyst. He never lost the joy that time can dole. Where the edge that political life so often sands away. I myself. From time to time. Found myself on the receiving end of Johns distinct brand of candor. Happily so. I remember thinking more than once. Yet he really does talk like a sailor. McGee's seat with John. It was never famed it disagreements. The man didn't saying anything. He just relish the fight. He showed is that in the arena. The honest back and forth. That's where the cause it's bigger. That's for the triumph is all the sweeter. We get stronger at the broken places. Though the highest office eluded him. He attained. What is far more enduring. The abiding affection of his fellow citizens. And an example. For future generations. So I think ahead now. I think ahead of the day when I like so many. Will bring my own children and perhaps their children. To that hell of lawn in Annapolis. I think about that. I think about. What I might say to them. This. Is one of the bravest. Souls. Our nation has ever produced. However you choose to do your part. I hope you do with the way he did. With energy and urgency. Playing for keeps. Never back on your heels. Never letting principal yield to expedience. Resisting the false allure of a fleeting. And battening down the hatches when things get rough. And always. Always. Having a really good story to tell. Today. Our nation file is in grief. But here. Under the work. Barbara meaty. And in the gaze of the greats. For soldiers known and unknown have laid before. We have this beautiful thing. A chance to do for this man. What he did for us. To stand up. To stand up into embraced the cause of his life. No warn of us can fulfill this charge. But all of us sure can try. Because all of this. All of this. It's worth fighting for. God bless John McCain. Thank god bless the country he so dearly loved.
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