U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and House Speaker Paul Ryan have a close working relationship. Their offices in the U.S. Capitol are just steps away from each other, and they often work closely on Republican priorities.
So the reunion between the two when Scalise, who was critically wounded in a mass shooting in June, made his triumphant return to the Capitol on Thursday was very emotional.
CBS correspondent Norah O'Donnell, who has the first post-shooting interview with Scalise airing on "60 Minutes" Sunday night, and the CBS was there when Ryan and Scalise saw each other for the first time at the Capitol since before the shooting.
CBS aired the clip Friday morning.
"Oh my gosh," both Scalise, R-Jefferson, and Ryan, R-Wisconsin, exclaimed upon seeing each other.
"It's just so good to see you," Scalise said as the two men hug. "Man, oh, man. It's been a long time."
Ryan knelt down and cried upon seeing Scalise, who was joined by his wife Jennifer.
The two share their recollections of Ryan visiting Scalise, who doctors said nearly died from the gunshot wound to his hip, in the hospital.
"We were holding his hands, and then you actually open your eyes," Ryan said. "We really didn't know if you could even hear. I know, it's amazing."
The Scalises and Ryan joked about Ryan carrying Scalise, who remains on crutches and in out-patient rehabilitation.
U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was critically injured in a mass shooting in Jun…
"I've never felt this kind of emotion before," Ryan said. "Your presence is gonna bring so much healing to people here. Everywhere I go in America -- first question, 'How's Steve Scalise? How is the Scalise family? Please tell them we're praying for them. Please tell Jennifer and-- and Madison and Harrison we're praying for them.'"
Scalise, the No. 3 ranking member in the U.S. House, was the most seriously injured when a gunman opened fire June 14 on Republicans who were practicing for an annual charity baseball game against Democrats.
The highest-ranking and longest-serving member of Louisiana's Congressional delegation, Scalise has represented the suburban New Orleans 1st District since 2008.
The 60 Minutes episode featuring the first post-shooting interview with Scalise airs at 6:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS