Amid controversy over Hillary Clinton's comments last week about the Department of Veterans Affairs, Sen. John McCain praised Sen. Bernie Sanders, her Democratic opponent, for his longtime support of veterans.

"He does have a record of advocacy for our veterans," McCain said of Sanders Wednesday on a conference call with reporters and Rep. Jeff Miller, who chairs the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

"I will say that Bernie Sanders worked very hard when he was chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee," McCain said, referencing the committee gavel Sanders held from 2013 to the Democrats' loss of the Senate this year.

"He and I had many disagreements, but we were able to come together finally, after many spirited discussions," McCain said.

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