(3TV/CBS 5) - Cindy McCain is speaking to the media for the first time about the life and legacy of her late husband, Sen. John McCain. As she spoke exclusively with CBS’s John Dickerson, they looked back at her husband’s funeral, where her daughter Meghan made this memorable remark:

“The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great."

Cindy certainly didn’t walk back anything her daughter said.

“Meghan is certainly entitled to and speaks her mind just like her father did. And I respect her for that,” Cindy said. “I had not read her speech. I did not know what she was going to say, but I was very proud of her.”

In the interview Cindy also says she and her children tried to carry out every one of the senator’s final wishes during his memorial services. She shared what she feels her husband would want to be his final message to the country.

“We need civility. We need to go back to a country that was lovingly respected around the world, even in times of difficulty,” she said. Some people say that message is a clear rebuke to President Donald Trump, but Cindy says she absolutely did not mean it that way.

As for politics today? Cindy says her husband would call it ‘abominable.’

“I think he would be terribly frustrated and distraught at just the denigration of all of this in every way, shape and form,” she said. “He was the one who was kind of the conscience of the Senate, I believe.”


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