President Trump has made it very clear in the past that he does not appreciate Senator John McCain’s service, either in the military or as a member of the Senate. While Trump does not have a very high opinion of McCain, other politicians and leaders throughout the country do.
On Monday evening, McCain is set to receive the Liberty Medal, which is awarded annually by the National Constitution Center to men and women “of courage and conviction who have strived to secure the blessings of liberty to people the world over.”
Former recipients of the medal, which was established in 1988 to commemorate the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, include Nelson Mandela, Sandra Day O’Connor, Kofi Annan, Shimon Peres, and Colin Powell.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who served in the Senate with McCain, will be presenting the senator with the medal for his “lifetime of sacrifice and service” to the country.
McCain was first named as a recipient in July of this year. After the announcement was made, McCain released the following statement:
‘I’m honored to receive this year’s Liberty Medal from my dear friend and a great American leader, Joe Biden. It has been my greatest privilege in life to swear an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, beginning with my enlistment in the Navy and continuing through my service in the United States Senate. Each time I have raised my right hand, I do so with enormous weight of the people who elected me to serve. I’m grateful to the National Constitution Center for this recognition, and am humbled to join the ranks of so many past Liberty Medal recipients I greatly admire.’
Biden also released his own statement praising McCain:
‘John epitomizes statesmanship. In our over two decades serving together in the United States Senate, there were few others I could count on to be as honest, respectful, and decent as John. His heroic sacrifice for his country and dedicated service to his constituents are unquestionable and unmatched. It will truly be an honor to award the Liberty Medal – my first as Chair of the National Constitution Center’s Board of Trustees – to my very good friend, John McCain.’
Jeffrey Rosen, the President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, has said that he is glad to see Biden presenting McCain with the award, as their friendship “exemplifies the nonpartisan spirit of the National Constitution Center.”
‘The longtime friendship and collaboration between Vice President Biden and Senator McCain exemplifies the nonpartisan spirit of the National Constitution Center. In these polarized times, it’s more important than ever to unite public servants of different perspectives.’
The ceremony will be live streamed and be seen in the video below, via YouTube.
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