McCain memorials start with longtime senator's body lying in state in Arizona

Eloise Marshall
August 30, 2018

John McCain on the Senate floor, telling the South Carolina Republican he "did right by his friend".

Meghan broke down in tears as she approached her father's casket on Wednesday.


That friendship appears to have been a very strong one, as Variety reports Beatty and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be among the pallbearers at McCain's funeral service on Saturday. Ducey is also headed for a tough reelection battle in the fall, and is seeking a smooth replacement process.

Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. Over the past two years he has stood out as a key rival and critic of US President Donald Trump.

U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa, who is Hopi, retired Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzales and former Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan are among 14 friends acting as pallbearers.

The McCain family had Davis read McCain's farewell message on Monday, which Davis said he was honored to do.

On Friday, McCain will be taken to the Capitol Rotunda for a televised memorial service where Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Speaker Paul Ryan are expected to attend.

"We are privileged as a state to have called him a fellow Arizonan", Governor Doug Ducey said on Twitter.

Members of the public carry umbrellas as they line up to pay their respects to Sen.

"When he [Trump] says something bad about John, it pisses me off", Graham said on CNN.

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Inside, former military members in shorts and T-shirts stopped and saluted.

Sen. Jeff Flake, former Arizona congressman Jim Kolbe and former Sen.

"I know that the eulogies and the things that will be said will just remind us all just who John McCain was and how he affected Arizona and America and the world", Brewer said.

Nguyen said that in the 1990s, McCain pushed an amendment to a law that allowed for unmarried, adult children of political detainees to come to the U.S. "He represented the last of that as far as I'm concerned".

As for how the McCain family is holding up, Rick Davis, his former campaign manager said "It's nearly as if the Senator prepared them for this moment". "I think we need to see more of it, but it will be great to see it today", he said.

"When he saw challenges to its institutions or values, he fought to protect them", Kyl said.

"I am not going to give up on the idea of working with this president", Graham continued.

Following a memorial ceremony at the North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday, McCain's remains are to be flown on a military aircraft to Washington.

The main speech in tribute to McCain was to be delivered by Biden, a friend and former six-term senator from DE who was elected vice president as the running mate of McCain's rival for the White House, Barack Obama, who defeated McCain in the 2008 presidential race.

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