(CNSNews.com) - Sen. John McCain's death was topic A on the Sunday talk shows where the senator was so often a guest.
Joining the chorus of praise for McCain was his former fellow Senator Hillary Clinton, who said she had "so many wonderful personal memories of him as well as public ones."
Clinton took a dig at conservatives as she praised McCain's bipartisanship:
"He knew that the Senate couldn't work if we didn't work together," the former secretary of state told NBC's "Meet the Press."
I think it was heartbreaking to him that -- as he said in the speech he gave right before he voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act, that we need to cooperate. We need to learn how to trust each other again and do better to serve the people who elected us.
And, you know, he was so typically John in those remarks because he said stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on radio and TV and the Internet. To the hell with them, they don't want anything done for the public good.
He really understood in the marrow of his bones what it meant to be an American and how important it was for us to, yes, disagree and differ, but at the end of the day to come together, to work together, to trust each other to get things done. And he will be missed for many, many reasons, Chuck, but I think that example that he set of working across the aisle, but more than that working to bring people together here at home and around the world is one we should remember.
In July 2017, when he returned to the Senate after having surgery for the cancer that eventually would kill him, McCain made a plea for bipartisanship by taking aim at (conservative) talk-show hosts.
"Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio and television and the Internet. To hell with them,” he said. “They don’t want anything done for the public good. Our incapacity is their livelihood. Let’s trust each other, let’s return to regular order.”
On "Meet the Press" Sunday, host Chuck Todd said McCain's death at "this moment" is like "taking an extra stomach punch" because of "the vacuum he leaves."
"I mean, the timing -- we can't ignore this moment that he's leaving us," Todd told Clinton.
"You're 100 percent right, Chuck," Clinton responded. "I mean, he understood that we've been through perilous times before at home and abroad. But our institutions are being severely tested right now, including his beloved Senate.
"And he was, in every way he knew how, trying to sound the alarm to get all of us as Americans to understand that if we abandon the ideals that we have stood for around the globe, if we turn our back on leadership on behalf of human rights and the kind of future we want to forge for our children and grandchildren, we will be giving up on what he fought for, what he was imprisoned for, what he stood for, and in a long line of American patriots."
Todd ended the segment with a reference to alcohol:
"Secretary Clinton, I'm going to leave it there. I thank you. I assume you and Lindsey Graham are going to have some vodka shots, and toast the senator," Todd said.
"Well, I don't know. I hope, I hope that will happen at some point in the future," Mrs. Clinton said.
"I think the Irishman in John McCain would love for you to celebrate that way," Todd said.
"Yes. Thank you," Clinton replied.