WASHINGTON (News4Utah) Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) paid tribute to his late friend and colleague Senator John McCain Tuesday.
Hatch honored McCain with a speech on the Senate floor. McCain died at 81 years old Saturday after a battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer.
Hatch said that he considers himself lucky to have known him and to call it him a friend. He also thanked McCain for his service and sacrifice.
“We will remember John for many things: for his courage as a sailor, for his dedication as a Senator, and for his principle as a statesman. We will also remember how he embodied the best in us. John McCain was a man for all seasons-a voice of temperance in intemperate times, and a model of civility and reason. The tragedy of his passing is that we need men like John McCain now more than ever before,” said Hatch.
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Hatch said he’s in favor of renaming a Senate office building after McCain. Senator Mike Lee also supports the name change.