Songs help Schumer keep the Democrats to­gether

Miami Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

WASH­ING­TON — Over the past week, as Se­nate Repub­li­cans fever­ishly cob­bled to­gether their doomed health care bill, Chuck Schumer, the Demo­cratic leader, made sev­eral quiet vis­its to the pri­vate “hide­away” of­fice of John McCain, R-Ariz., near the Se­nate cham­ber on the Capi­tol’s first floor. McCain, who re­cently re­ceived a brain can­cer di­ag­no­sis, was ner­vous about the bill, which he thought would harm peo­ple in his state, and ele­giac about mem­bers of his sto­ried fam­ily, rem­i­nisc­ing about them at some length.

Dur­ing those vis­its and in sev­eral phone calls, Schumer, who had led Democrats in a mo­ment of prayer for McCain, as­sured him that they would have the 80-yearold se­na­tor’s back in his quest for bi­par­ti­san leg­is­la­tion should the health re­peal fail — in­clud­ing mak­ing sure McCain’s beloved de­fense bill was passed.

“To me it was poignant,” said Schumer, who choked up on the Se­nate floor early Fri­day when talk­ing about McCain. It was McCain who cast the de­ci­sive vote that led to the health care bill’s demise.

“It re­minded me of go­ing to Ted Kennedy’s hide­away and talk­ing to him when he was ill, when he would show me pic­tures on

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