Sen. John McCain Always Willing To Look You In The Eye

Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham in Tampa at the USF downtown medical research building. I’m the journalist with the headphones and hair-bun to the left of McCain.

I’m not a national reporter – although I’ve reported stories that were broadcast nationwide – my sphere is considered local, regional and state news.

So, I”m one of thousands of such journalists Sen. John McCain must have talked with during his life. Yet he gave me and fellow reporters the same attention as he would the national press corps.

As you can see in the photo above, he looks directly at me to answer my question with an equally direct response. That was just one of his many rare qualities. But one that – as a journalist – I truly appreciated.

Thank you Sen. McCain for respecting me as a “local” reporter and for understanding the critical importance of the news media to your beloved nation. Just as you were a defender of the United States, we are defenders of the First Amendment and U.S. Constitution.

You, Sen. McCain, are a class act and will be missed.

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