Sen. Tom Coburn, who opposed the immigration bill, praises McCain for his courageous stand:
Most politicians possess, in abundance, the skill of making promises that will appeal to a majority of voters. Very few politicians, however, ever demonstrate the kind of political courage Senator McCain demonstrated in this debate. Many qualities, of course, matter when selecting our elected leaders – political philosophy, judgment, specific plans, etc. – but the most important quality upon which all others depend is courage. On that count, Senator McCain has given all of us in the Senate an example to be followed.