McCain lies in state in Capitol Rotunda

31 August, 2018, 18:48 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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John McCain, who passed away last weekend at the age of 81 after a valiant battle with brain cancer.

The service for the statesman, former prisoner of war and two-time presidential candidate unfolded at North Phoenix Baptist Church after a motorcade bearing McCain's body made its way from the state Capitol past Arizonans waving American flags and campaign-style McCain signs.

The church's senior pastor Noe Garcia pronounced McCain "a true American hero".

Meghan McCain, daughter of, Sen. They'd talk about family, politics and worldwide relations.

Both Biden and McCain knew how painful life could be.

What was perhaps one of the stranger sections of the interview was when Trump claimed that he had done everything to respect McCain that "they requested" - basically an admission that he had been forced to pay respects by his aides.

"I was only about 20 at the time".

"Senator McCain was a shining example of what a modern leader should be", Doan said in a statement released by the Coyotes, adding "I am so honored to have been able to call Senator McCain my friend, and am grateful to his family for allowing my family to be a part of their lives".

He said his friend "could not stand the abuse of power wherever he saw it, in whatever form, in whatever country".

Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat who shared a presidential ticket with a man who beat McCain, remembered his former Senate colleague Thursday as one of the fiercest defenders of the Senate. He will be buried on Sunday at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

The veteran centre-left politician began: "I'm Joe Biden". "I met him and shook his hand and he touched me in that moment".

But it was Biden, McCain's longtime friend from the days when he was the Navy's liaison to the US Senate, who gave the most deeply personal tribute.

Members of the public line up to pay their respects to Sen.

Asked if he missed an opportunity to unite the country and made a mistake, Trump disagreed.

Vice President Mike Pence will address the gathering instead, joining Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and National Security Advisor John Bolton in representing the administration.

"We love him", Mr Francis Nguyen, 60, told The Straits Times. "We had a hell of a lot of family fights", Biden said to laughter from the 3,500 or so mourners packing the auditorium.

Many have described Mr McCain as a maverick.

President Donald Trump reportedly joked that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was "having a nervous breakdown", over his response to Sen. That act earned him the seemingly lasting annoyance of the President.

"He fought like hell for the causes he believed in", Ducey said.

Biden and McCain held a decades-long friendship throughout their Senate careers, and in an interview alongside Meghan McCain previous year, Biden described her father as "one of my best friends".



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