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For the loved ones left behind : I know all too well. I know what it's like to not be there when it happens. I know what it's like when you are there holding their hands, there's a look in their eye and they slip away, i know that when you stare at that empty chair around the kitchen table it brings it all back no matter how long ago it happened, as if it just happened that moment.
Joe and Cindy McCain would argue about issues and they would see things totally differently. But at the end of Election Day, there we would be together having dinner or going on a trip together or whatever it was, i mean there was true civility in government. And that's what I think we should return to.
I never mention second lady. I do get asked once in a while, you know,' Hey. Are you Joe Biden wife ?' And I'll say' he's one of my relatives,' or if I get pushed I say...' I'm Jill Biden.' And they'll look at me and they say,' OK.' We don't talk about politics. We don't talk about second lady. I never mention it.
Tammy Duckworth, it's been such a pleasure getting to know you over the years, especially in our work on Joining Forces, and you have served our nation in so many ways, in the Army, at Veterans Affairs and on Capitol Hill. And as a veteran, a disability advocate and a woman of color, and the first woman to have a child while serving in the Senate, you inspire so many people across this country, and we are honored to have your support.
That's who we have to think about is our military and our military families. Think about what they're going through they don't know where their loved ones are -- if they are safe, our son [ Beau ] was in Iraq for a year. And I know what that felt like, and I know that every night I went to bed praying he was going to be okay. And I heard it in her voice and I saw it in her eyes. And she's afraid.
Your candidate might be better on, I don't know, health care, than Joe is, but you've got to look at who's going to win this election, and maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say,' OK, I personally like so and so better,' but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat President Donald Trump.
Mean pettiness has overtaken our politics. Today we seem to be at each other's throat. Sometimes it seems like we can't govern ourselves. We can talk to one another -- if you notice, I get criticized for saying anything nice about a Republican, folks, this isn't who we are, this isn't how we got here. We have to remember what it is that makes this nation so special.
Too often, I think we recognize the incredible bravery and sacrifice of this community only after tragedy strikes, you aren't just firefighters, you're community healers, you are healers and counselors and protectors. You are public servants in the truest sense with duty, integrity and courage. You stand between us and destruction. You hold back death. So for your service, for our sacrifice, for your incredible courage, thank you.
I came home and Hunter, our son, was upstairs with mom -- with Jill. And I walked in and I said, 'You know, I just don't think it's time.' I just decided -- I don't think we can run the kind of campaign we have to run to be able to win, and I remember, Jill just got up off the couch, gave me a big hug and said, 'I think you're right,'.
I wish I could say something that would ease the pain of the families and of the church but I know from experience -- and I was reminded of it again 29 days ago -- that no words can mend a broken heart. No music can fill the gaping void ... at least in my experience only faith. Only faith, sometimes even faith leaves you just for a second. Sometimes you doubt. There's a famous expression that says faith sees best in the dark. For the nine families, this is a very dark, dark time.