Politics Booker on hug with McCain after healthcare vote: 'I'm a hugger'

09:01  06 august  2017
09:01  06 august  2017 Source:   The Hill

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Booker on hug with McCain after healthcare vote: 'I'm a hugger'© Provided by The Hill Booker on hug with McCain after healthcare vote: 'I'm a hugger' Sen. Corey Booker (D-N.J.) recounted his hug with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) following the Senate's vote last week to advance debate on a GOP ObamaCare repeal bill, saying simply: "I'm a hugger."

"I'm a hugger, and so I hugged John McCain. And by the time I get home, I'm getting blown up on the internet," he said.

Booker spoke with Van Jones at the CNN commentator's "We Rise Tour," and described the Senate vote in which McCain dramatically came onto the Senate floor for a vote following his brain cancer diagnosis.

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McCain voted to advance debate on the GOP ObamaCare repeal bill. Despite the vote, which Democrats were against, Booker and others, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hugged McCain.

"Long story short," Booker said, "he comes to the senate floor to do what I don't want him to do. In fact, he puts the vote in to move the bill that I've been fighting to the floor. And then, the vote's over. We line up. Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders we go over there and hug him."

Booker explained that the hug was a welcome back to the Senate floor following McCain's cancer diagnosis and that he looked at McCain with admiration for his strength.

"He won't let darkness win," Booker said, according to the Apollo Theater where the event was held.

McCain ultimately voted to kill the bill in a Senate vote a day later.

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John McCain Thanks Supporters After Cancer Diagnosis: I Am 'The Luckiest Guy on Earth' .
John McCain has largely stayed under the radar ever since he dramatically returned to the Senate floor to vote against the Republican-led health care repeal late last month. But he made a quick appearance Wednesday to thank supporters for their well-wishes following his brain cancer diagnosis. “Thanks for your letters, thanks for your phone calls, thanks for your outpouring of affection,” McCain said in a brief video obtained by NBC News. “Even those that want me to die don’t want me to die right away, so that’s good.

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