John McCain to speak to the nation on John McCain Day: ‘This is a time to renew our faith in America’
On his final day as a US senator, John McCain will address the nation from the Senate chamber, where he will deliver a speech that will honor those who served and those who died in service to their country and the Republic.
“The fight for freedom and democracy has always been at the heart of our patriotism,” McCain will say.
“America was founded by patriots, the founders of our country, as a nation of laws.
The freedom that we seek today was the freedom of all Americans.”
McCain will also introduce legislation to make permanent the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which states that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United State.”
“This amendment is the bedrock of our democracy and the foundation of the Constitution itself,” McCain said.
“It is the greatest protection of our liberties and the most important instrument of our power as a country.”
McCain said the Constitution was written to give Americans “a voice in the making of the nation’s destiny.”
He called it “a beacon of hope and a symbol of hope for all.”
The speech is expected to focus on the need for Americans to be united behind the flag and the importance of “a new American creed,” according to a statement from McCain’s office.
McCain’s final speech is likely to be an address to a joint session of Congress.
He will speak in the Senate’s chamber after being sworn in on the Senate floor for his first full day as the new senator.
The Arizona senator has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, who has been widely blamed for the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.
McCain has repeatedly called for a full investigation into the deaths of the Americans in Benghazi and called for an investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia.
The attack led to the resignation of Secretary of State John Kerry, who was the first to take office after Trump’s inauguration.
McCain is currently on leave from the US Senate, but will return to Washington next week for the first time in more than two years.
He said he would be able to speak at a joint congressional hearing about the Benghazi attack next week, but has not yet announced when that hearing will take place.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.