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Posted at 3:16 PM ET, 11/30/2010

Sen. McCain delivers tribute to Sen. Feingold (VIDEO)

By Emi Kolawole

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave a tribute to departing Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) on the Senate floor Tuesday.

The two senators are known for having worked together closely on various pieces of legislation, the most well known being campaign finance reform. The resulting law came to be known simply as "McCain-Feingold."

"I will miss seeing him every day. I will miss traveling with him. I will miss the daily reminder of what a blessing it is to have a true friend in Washington," said McCain, reading from a prepared statement.

"Our first encounter with one another was in a Senate debate in which we argued about an aircraft carrier, somewhat heatedly, if memory serves," McCain reminisced, going on to say that Feingold did not let the argument "stand in the way of our friendship."

McCain's voice shook slightly as he ended his remarks:

I have every expectation we will remain good friends long after we have both ended our Senate careers. But I will miss him here. Every day. And I will try harder to become half the public servant he is. Because his friendship is an honor, and honors come with responsibilities.

By Emi Kolawole  | November 30, 2010; 3:16 PM ET
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The worst piece of GARBAGE legislation ever written by 2 idiotic Senator's is the McCain-Feingold Bill. Too bad Rino McCain isn't going away too. Sarah Palin bailed him out because she most likely felt she owed it to him. We now are saddled with this RINO loon AND his nauseating, know-it-all, twit of a daughter for 6 more years. Feingold is no loss. And McCain won't be either.

Posted by: priley8104 | December 1, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Wisconsin is going to miss Russ Feingold, he was a Senator who fought for the common man. I doubt that we will get the same from his successor, just more tax cuts that benefit the wealthy.
Senator McCain could have spoken up for his "friend" but in the partisan manner that is being used now, he chose to support the Republican choice rather than the better choice.

Posted by: KCHam | December 1, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Let me summarize all comments.

The Wisconsin voters are idiots. And they deserved to be taken.

Posted by: kishorgala | December 1, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

In the end Feingold had to rely on a lot of private interest money to compete against his self-funded opponent. Granted it may have been closely reported as per McCain-Feingold, but it was private money nonetheless. In fact he raised and spent more, $6 million more, than his self-funded opponent. And in the end he didn't win.

Posted by: cprferry | December 1, 2010 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Saddest result from the last election was the defeat of this brave member of the Senate. Foreboding defeat.

Posted by: googlesmoogle | December 1, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Russ Feingold was an excellent Representative for his state and his people will now suffer from a teabagger who bought his seat. McCain is a pitiful examply of a hero. In all of his years in Congress, how many times have you ever heard him mention the names of other POWs who were imprisoned far longer than he and tortured far more brutally? Hundreds upon hundreds were imprisoned in Hanoi, but Americans can only name one, McCain. He would be more of a man had he extolled all of those men and the sacrifices they made, instead of constantly using himself as a hero.
McCain has lived his entire life supported by the American taxpayers dollars and yet he gives them the back of his hand when it comes to health care. This man who has never had to pay out of his own pocket for his health care, failed as a humanitarian when he showed his disdain for his fellow citizens. I will never again have any respect for him and that lovely speech he made about Feingold? I don't know how he even looked Rep Feingold in the eye. Russ Feingold stands head and shoulders above McCain.

Posted by: papafritz571 | December 1, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Russ Feingold was an excellent Representative for his state and his people will now suffer from a teabagger who bought his seat. McCain is a pitiful examply of a hero. In all of his years in Congress, how many times have you ever heard him mention the names of other POWs who were imprisoned far longer than he and tortured far more brutally? Hundreds upon hundreds were imprisoned in Hanoi, but Americans can only name one, McCain. He would be more of a man had he extolled all of those men and the sacrifices they made, instead of constantly using himself as a hero.
McCain has lived his entire life supported by the American taxpayers dollars and yet he gives them the back of his hand when it comes to health care. This man who has never had to pay out of his own pocket for his health care, failed as a humanitarian when he showed his disdain for his fellow citizens. I will never again have any respect for him and that lovely speech he made about Feingold? I don't know how he even looked Rep Feingold in the eye. Russ Feingold stands head and shoulders above McCain.

Posted by: papafritz571 | December 1, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

I am sorry, but I am not buying the crocodile tears of McCain, why did not help out his friend, he could have done a commercial for Russ and say all the eloquent things he said in the senate floor, I use to have so much respect for McCain, but no longer, shame on you senator.

Posted by: corintonic | November 30, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Instead of Russ Feingold, Wisconsin now has a millionaire businessman, with absolutely no interest in the state or its people at all. His interests are to continue filling his OWN pockets because he found out what a great feeling it is to have money when he married into it! He certainly will not be making the effort of getting to every county for Town Hall Meetings several times a year, like Russ Feingold did! His was another BOUGHT Congressional seat because the guy was actually stupid during the debates!

Posted by: Maerzie | November 30, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Russ Feingold deserves words of praise from someone with MUCH better judgment of people than John McCain! Remember, John McCain is the one who unleashed Sarah Palin on the world, and then sincerely turned against her, but now is hypocritically endorsing her again, when he KNOWS she would be another disaster for our country, like George Bush, She has sawdust for brains and will be the new "person"s puppet! Our new dictator, elected by Bush's "honorable(?)" Supreme Court, is Mr. Anonymous Corporation, who is NOW a "person"!! "He" is the "person" who BOUGHT all the weaklings' seats in the recent election, and got rid of all our GOOD representatives who got things done! Russ Feingold is one of the people who got things done, so Republicans are threatened by ANY of that kind of people! Obama is another one on their list to be discharged from duty. The campaign against him began on the Republican TV channel a few days after his inauguration, by all the entertainers there, who flunked out of colleges. McCain never burns any bridges and easily plays both sides of the street on issues, so he's no threat or no good to anybody! Yah! He's such a "maverick"! RIGHT!!

Posted by: Maerzie | November 30, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

By their friends shall ye know them.

Posted by: gbooksdc | November 30, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I used to have a lot of respect for McCain, mainly because of his service during the Vietnam war, and his exemplary conduct during his imprisonment by the North Vietnamese. However, since 2008, his behavior has become unworthy of respect, and this latest hypocritical 'praise' of Senator Feingold is just the latest instance of his change for the worse.

Posted by: weallenfsa | November 30, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry, but I am not buying the crocodile tears of McCain, why did not help out his friend, he could have done a commercial for Russ and say all the eloquent things he said in the senate floor, I use to have so much respect for McCain, but no longer, shame on you senator.

Posted by: corintonic | November 30, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is correct. Russ Feingold is a singularly unique political figure in the best sense of the word that unique is used. Russ was my first choice for President back in 2008 and I contributed $300.00 to an committee he set up to look at his that Presidential options. I hope the people of Wisconsin get a chance to hear what McCain had to say about his colleague and reflect on what a poor choice they made in November. Many are urging Russ to run for President as an independent. I hope he will, at least, keep the option open.

Posted by: bird-1 | November 30, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Feingold, like Paul Wellstone, always stayed true to his principles. At one time I had a great deal of admiration for McCain. He was one of the only members of his party to call out the Bush Admininstration on the ill-conceived and shamefully mismanaged Iraq War. But he's devolved into a hard right mouthpiece, saying all the things that he's supposed to say. I think that was what he was alluding to in his speech. What he used to be.

Posted by: curtb | November 30, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

What? Is McCain a kook? The Tea Party won. So what's his problem?

Posted by: Maddogg | November 30, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

i love how the folks in the rear all but fled like they were escaping a bad meal when he said "Feingold"

Posted by: nottahater | November 30, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Feingold are both class acts. McCain may have few "friends" in Washington, but that is to his credit. If Feingold is a true friend to him, then that says a lot of good about both men. Both are more concerned with the good of country over the good of their political party, and that pisses off some of the posters here more than just about anything. I think a McCain-Feingold presidential ticket could save this country, but neither could get thru a primary with that plan, which is really sad.

Posted by: cougar49 | November 30, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Feingold are both class acts. McCain may have few "friends" in Washington, but that is to his credit. If Feingold is a true friend to him, then that says a lot of good about both men. Both are more concerned with the good of country over the good of their political party, and pisses off some of the posters here more than just about anything.

Posted by: cougar49 | November 30, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

"Sen. McCain delivers tribute to Sen. Feingold"

Why? Did he die? That's what this headline led me to believe.

Posted by: momof20yo | November 30, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you shoulda thought about that Johnny, before you unleashed Queen Sarah and her Teabaggers on America.

Posted by: SmallBusiness | November 30, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

John McCain offers NOTHING to the Senate so the loss of Feingold thanks to McCain's "friends" makes McCain an even more pompous hypocrite...as always.

Posted by: jjedif | November 30, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

term limits anyone?

Posted by: areyousaying | November 30, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

He gets that way when he can't remember how many houses he has, too.

Time to shuffle off Granpa Simpson to the old folks home (of course there might be gays working there who would need to change his Depends)

Posted by: areyousaying | November 30, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

McLame is right about one thing, the country will be poorer without Russ in office.

Now watch the piece of crap Teabag F^g that wormed into his seat produce absolutely nothing for the idiots in Wisconsin or the country either one.

We should load every one of those Teaba&&ers on a bus and drive it over the nearest cliff. Bunch of treasonous morons.

Posted by: captainkona | November 30, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse


With or without the kiss-off from McCain, Russ Feingold is still out. Good riddance to Feingold the leftist.

Posted by: screwjob22 | November 30, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I do not believe John McCain is a "bigot," although I do believe he may be "crusty."

I actually like John McCain. He's quite entertaining to listen to when he's not out to just recite GOP talking points.


Posted by: lindalovejones | November 30, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

That was classy on McCain's part...but also goes to show what a poor President he would have been.
I for one will not miss Feingold, nor would I have lost a wink of sleep had McCain been defeated by Hayworth.

Posted by: daskinner | November 30, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

McShame:

"Now excuse me. I have to get ready to block a vote for extending benefits for the unemployed. Or was it block a vote to end discrimination against gays in the military? Or was it to kill New START? What was I saying again? Oh yeah, Feingold. Great guy."

Posted by: Ethan2010 | November 30, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

mcain is a doddering old fool, it's embarrassing to watch him repeat his lies and fantasies, there should be an age limit for Senators.

Posted by: calif-joe | November 30, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

McCain: You will never be anywhere on the scale with Senator Feingold - not even a
1/100th of a gram!

Crawl back in your hole old man

Posted by: Sirius2 | November 30, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that was very moving. Effusive and heart felt praise for Russ Feingold and a sharp and critical self analysis.

Posted by: wswest | November 30, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Sen. McConnell should take note - this is how to run a government, not the "my way or the highway" attitude he presents.

Posted by: flwood2341 | November 30, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

A lot of political figures are happy to praise those they have defeated. This is not one of those cynical moments. I do not always agree with John McCain, and there have been many moments in which he has angered me; but this is the McCain that people looked for in the 2008 presidential election, and too infrequently saw. He and Feingold have done superb work together in the trenches, and theirs has clearly been a sincere friendship and mutual admiration. He is correct that the Senate will be poorer for Feingold's absence -- and again, as McCain said, to say that is no reflection on the candidate who defeated Feingold.

This sort of presentation and the attitude it represents is what is missing in our contemporary politics. If only we encountered it more often we would get much more accomplished and in a much happier way.

Posted by: j24w | November 30, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

MikeV2 wrote:
The Bottom Line: McCain sold out and he stays, Feingold stuck with his principles and he is voted out of office (thanks in part to the looney Palin, who McCain brought to life like Frankenstein's monster). Who is the real hero here?
________________________

I think Mike is correct. Where did the often-as-not-admirable John McCain of 2000 go? Of the deep end (to the right), that's where . . . As a centrist I WANT to have responsible conservative voices in our national dialogue. McCain USED to be one. No longer. Sad.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | November 30, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

If McCain is expecting sympathy from AZ voters he's sadly mistaken. If Republicans hadn't desperately needed a majority this past election I'd have voted for his Democratic opponent. McCain is completely worthless to our state and the sooner the old coot retires the better AZ will be.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | November 30, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

If only Feingold had turned his back on everything he holds dear, like McCain, he could have won reelection.

Posted by: baldinho | November 30, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

The Bottom Line: McCain sold out and he stays, Feingold stuck with his principles and he is voted out of office (thanks in part to the looney Palin, who McCain brought to life like Frankenstein's monster). Who is the real hero here?

Posted by: MikeV2 | November 30, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain is going to have to work really, really, really, really hard at it -- now that he has morphed from "The Formerly-Moderate-Formerly-Respectable-Republican Politician" to "He who Panders to the Crazies". If he's not careful, history will forget him.

Posted by: JMinSF | November 30, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

We need campaign finance reform more than ever now.

Posted by: ubblybubbly | November 30, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Is there anyone out there (besides the Sunday Talk Shows) who actually gives a damn about anything this crusy old two faced liar, bigot and homophobe (McCain) has to say about anything anymore?

Posted by: DrainYou | November 30, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I didn't think I could get more cynical about DC. The brotherhood of thieves.

Posted by: happyacres | November 30, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Interesting, because widely disliked
Mc Cain has so FEW friends in the Senate.
Even after being the presidential standard
bearer.

Posted by: whistling | November 30, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Interesting, because widely disliked
Mc Cain has so FEW friends in the Senate.
Even after being the presidential standard
bearer.

Posted by: whistling | November 30, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

All i can say to this is Wow!!!!!!!!

Posted by: aunkmaa | November 30, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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