McCain Adviser: ‘He Believed in American Exceptionalism to the Very Core of His Being’

Washington Free Beacon | 8/31/2018 | Paul Crookston
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BY: Paul Crookston Follow @P_Crookston

Randy Scheunemann, a former foreign policy aide to the late Sen. John McCain, remembered his friend on Fox News Friday, saying McCain inspired people around the world.

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McCain died of brain cancer Saturday and will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol, and Scheunemann appeared on "America’s Newsroom" to talk about his character and accomplishments. McCain served in the U.S. Navy, suffered torture in a Vietnamese prison, and had a distinguished career in the Senate, but Scheunemann said what he’ll remember most is McCain's optimism about America.

"Of all the things I'll remember about John McCain—his heroism, his vision, his energy—it's really his optimism, because for John McCain, he believed in American exceptionalism to the very core of his being," Scheunemann said.

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"For him, it's not just American power that made us great in the world, it is American purpose," he added. "The sharing of American values that made us special, unique, and that will be his enduring foreign policy legacy."

He went on to explain how McCain’s stature around the world as a champion of freedom affected him personally.

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"If you travel anywhere in the world and people learn that you had some association with John McCain, as I was privileged to have, they will tell you a story about either seeing John McCain, hearing of him or how John McCain inspired him," he said. "He stood for human rights. He stood for freedom. He stood for opposition to tyranny and literally anywhere you would go there were people that would tell you John McCain inspired them."

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