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McCain: Kennedy Is Sorely Missed

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Republican Sen. John McCain says the absence of ailing Ted Kennedy in pushing health-care reform has made a "huge, huge difference" in whether legislation gets passed.

McCain praised Kennedy, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, as a master negotiator who could bring together parties with different points of view and make the right concessions to reach agreement. McCain said health-care reform might be in a very different place today if Kennedy had been able to participate in the discussions.

Kennedy, a longtime advocate for universal health care, has been sidelined for months with a severe form of brain cancer.

McCain spoke in an interview for broadcast Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

This program aired on August 24, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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