And I have not seen a senator who speaks truth to power, as strongly as well and as frequently as John McCain. The very same courage he showed as a naval aviator in Vietnam, he showed last night and has shown time, and time again. He's just a wonderful man.
I treasure his friendship and just the fact of knowing him. Of equal praise are Susan Collins and Lisa Markowski, they were amazing. And women are, in so many instances, stronger than men. They brag less about it but they are, and last night sort of proved that. So on healthcare, but also in the Senate as a whole, I hope what John McCain did will be regarded in history as a turning point.
Where the Senate turned back from its partisanship and started working together, we longed for it. We yearned to work together. And there are various forces, they call them centrifugal forces, that get in the way. But I think sometimes you need a little spark that inspires forces of coming together that outweigh the forces of pulling apart and John Mccain may have done that.