Sen. Debbie Stabenow says John McCain was a "friend" and "American hero"

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) says returning to the Senate chamber following Senator John McCain's passing was a sad moment.

She explained, “So, I’m coming into the vote and then I see the black drape on his [McCain] desk and the flowers, and it just caught me for a moment, like oh my gosh, he won’t ever sit there again.”

Stabenow says she’ll remember McCain as a friend and somebody she says she could work with on issues like defense and prescription drug prices.

She says he was tough, funny, and symbolizes what public service is all about.

Stabenow said, “The first time I met him I felt I was meeting an American hero, and that certainly is something that was reinforced over and over again as we worked together.”

Senator McCain will be honored at the U.S. Capitol rotunda Friday morning, and will become the 13th U.S. Senator to lie in state.

He will be buried on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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