Collins, Isakson, Inhofe

Executive Session (Johnson Nomination)

Senator Collins: (4:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "Madam President, the United States Senate -- indeed, our entire nation - is mourning the loss of a great leader and American patriot, our colleague and friend, Senator John McCain. Madam President, I first met John McCain when I was a young staffer in Senator bill Cohen's office, and John was serving as the Navy's liaison officer. As a fellow senator for the past 21 years, I knew him as a trusted colleague, a courageous legislator, and a close friend. John was a true American hero who devoted his life to serving his country. Courage and character were the hallmarks of his military service as well as his work in Congress."


Senator Isakson: (4:42 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "So I would say to the president or anybody in the world, it's time to pause and say this was a great man. He gave everything for us. We owe him nothing less than the respect that he earned. And that's what I intend to give John. In return for what he gave me. John took me to Kosovo 20 years ago when Clinton said we're going to send some people over to verify the crime sites, the ethnic cleansing. I went to Pristina with John, went to Montenegro, went to the World Security Conference in Munich a few years after that. Got to sit with President Putin then. Saw John McCain talk to Vladimir Putin like they were next-door neighbors. Also like they were Dutch uncles. I was so proud to be in a country that had a guy like John McCain who could break the ice with the toughest of our adversaries."


Senator Inhofe: (4:52 p.m.)

  • Spoke in tribute to Sen. John McCain.
    • "You know, I have often said that I think of Timothy when he wrote Second Timothy 4:7 had John McCain in mind when he said I fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. That's exactly what he did. Kind of a mean guy. A lot of people didn't like John McCain. He wasn't the most lovable person to be around. But he was a fighter. Never shied away from a good fight. He was passionate for the causes that he believed in, a strong advocate for human rights and Democrat values, standing up for oppressed people around the world. That was a soft side of John McCain that a lot of people don't know about, that he was a fighter, but not just a fighter. He was a fighter for the people of Arizona."