Biden laments Senate's division in eulogy for McCain

Biden laments Senate's division in eulogy for McCain

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McCain's family, friends, congressional colleagues and staff, as well as US and worldwide leaders, were invited to attend and participate in the service. The private ceremony will include tributes by Graham and McCain's son Jack.

"He had America's fighting spirit", McConnell said. John McCain, R-Ariz. lays her head on casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Phoenix. John McCain as a brother, saying that the two of them were "cockeyed optimists". "As President Trump said yesterday, we respect his service to the country".

"He transformed American politics". The senator also helped to restore relations with Vietnam by visiting the sites of his former captivity in the country. The president was not invited to McCain's services in D.C., and, as McCain's casket arrived at the church in Phoenix, Trump was tweeting about his grievances with CNN.

He added: "As a young man, he'd come up to my house, he'd come to Wilmington, and out of this grew a great friendship that transcended whatever political differences we had or later developed. Highly appropriate for a man who lived a life of character", said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on August 30, 2018, in Phoenix. His accomplishments were many: US Senator, presidential candidate, statesman, warrior and hero.

"I don't talk about the bad side of the war", Le said. And he whispered into my ear. "The president asked me to be here on behalf of a grateful nation", Pence said.

"I said, 'If I'd known it, I'd have been there in a heartbeat.' We really bonded right then and there". John McCain's casket for a memorial service. It took me years to know I had PTSD.

Sister Mary Nell Gage came all the way from Denver when she heard about the ceremony. He ran for president, I run out of bounds.

Biden noted that McCain died of the same kind of cancer that killed his son Joseph "Beau" Biden III and the two politicians' mutual friend Sen. McCain was a member of the Academy's Class of 1958.

Members of the military slowly carried the coffin into the cathedral, past friends and loved ones who have counted among the top power players in US politics for decades.

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A former Hualapai Tribe chairwoman, Benson drove from Cherry Springs to the Capitol where she waited in line to see the senator.

"We both loved the Senate".

"His devotion to making Arizona, the United States and the whole world a better place for everyone has inspired countless leaders like those at the Sedona Forums".

Even those who didn't know him were there to honor the senator and thank his family for all of the sacrifices. She barely remembers a time when he wasn't her senator. "It was this approach to humanity that made Senator John McCain so respected by countless people around the world, including me". "He was a real person and he treated you like a real person".

"It was one rolling conversation", Dickerson said about the discussions McCain had with reporters on the campaign bus.

The two were so close that Biden said he's received hundreds of sympathy letters since McCain's passing.

"I think he's a good measure of all of us".

By the time the ceremony ended, crowds gathered for the public viewing of McCain's closed casket, seeking shelter from Phoenix's summer heat under tents stocked with coolers filled with ice and water.

His coffin will then depart for the airport and be flown to Washington, DC, where it will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol building before a funeral service featuring former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.