The ceremony marked the start of five days of tributes in Phoenix and Washington for McCain, who would have turned 82 on Wednesday. “He passed away the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best”.
Though Cindy McCain herself has been speculated to be a possible replacement, she has reportedly not expressed any desire to serve out her husband’s term. Outside the building, where McCain will be retrieved by a team from the Arizona National Guard, military members in uniform began to congregate on the Capitol plaza to line the route where McCain’s casket will be carried.
In the rotunda, Sen.
The body of veteran U.S. senator John McCain, who died after a battle with brain cancer, has arrived at the Arizona State Capitol where he will lie in state.
His friends throughout government spoke at a private ceremony in the rotunda. Jon Kyl who both gave heartfelt remarks. Over the past two years he has stood out as a key rival and critic of US President Donald Trump.
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said Thursday that the way President Trump responded to John McCain’s death was “disturbing”, and he acknowledged that he has been upset by some of the derogatory things Trump has said about the late senator.
When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) died Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) joined the many voices praising the Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient.
He said the gathering of people from all political parties and backgrounds unified behind something was encouraging, even if what brought them together was loss. “We can be proud he was our senator”. “I will omit him as a buddy, and a sturdy force for America, and the realm”, Kyle talked about. Sen. John McCain celebrates in Miami after winning the Florida Republican presidential primary, on January 29, 2008. “It was what John McCain had done and demonstrated over and over and over again”. McCain was in the public eye for decades, and as such, most Americans were familiar with and had opinions of the Senator. “And come to think of it, we should probably call it not a committee, but a ‘gang.’ So I’m glad we’ll be able to form this gang to ensure that a suitable, lasting tribute becomes a reality”. Arrangements have been made for McCain to be lying in state in multiple locations, on different dates.
NBC News reported that during the service, Gov. Doug Ducey stated that McCain was not only a major figure in the history of Arizona but the state’s “favorite adopted son”.
Ducey said to the rest of the world, McCain “was Arizona”.
Cindy McCain arrives for a memorial service for John McCain, at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, escorted by her sons Jimmy, left, and Jack. “It’s just not natural”.
Ducey, a Republican, has said he will wait until after McCain’s burial to name a successor.
Cindy McCain pressed her face against the flag-draped casket of her husband, U.S. Sen.
McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, where the public may pay their respects.
“It need not be the only way we honor Senator McCain”, Schumer added in a floor speech Monday.