Sen. John McCain's Arizona Funeral Service


A man with a white beard stood on one corner holding a sign saying "Senator John McCain: Because character counts". But "this one's hard", he said.

"When the motorcade arrives at North Phoenix Baptist Church, the Arizona National Guard Casket Team will retrieve Sen".

Gov. Doug Ducey said when it came to Arizona there were two bigs things people think of: The Grand Canyon and John McCain. "We had a hell of a lot of family fights". The single mom and Democrat brought a bouquet of flowers and said she had always looked up to McCain.

McCain joked that he carried Biden's luggage on those trips - and "resented it ever since". But they were friends for 40 years, born out of a mutual respect for each other and love of country.

Biden also spoke about glioblastoma, the cancer that took the lives of his son Beau, McCain and Sen.

Personal in their connection but never personal in politics, the friendship between McCain and Biden may seem unusual, given the polarization that grips Washington. But they both clearly meant something deeply important to each other.

"The disease that took John's life - that took our friend Ted Kennedy's life". "To survive, we have to remember how they lived - not how they died". "Not the last days", he said.

McCain "served his country honorably", Pence said, adding that President Donald Trump "respected his service to the country". Maybe it's a smile, a laugh, a rub on the shoulder, a touch on the cheek.

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Biden recalled "the sheer joy that crossed his face when he knew he was about to take the stage of the senate floor and start a fight". "God, he loved it".

"John's story is the American story, grounded in respect and decency, basic fairness, the intolerance for the abuse of power", Biden said.

Biden ended with a line that brought many in the audience to tears: "To paraphrase Shakespeare: we shall not see his like again".

"I talk to him all the time, and he checks in on me all the time", Meghan McCain said of Biden in an interview with Glamour magazine that was published August 2.

Talking about how much the Senate had changed since he and McCain arrived, Biden rebuked the current political state in the country as he glared at the U.S. senators in attendance at the service. He pinned the decline back to a moment in 1996.

Kyl said McCain "believed in America, he believed in its people, in its values and in its institutions".

Biden said that kind of attitude makes it "impossible to reach consensus". "All we do today is attack the opposition in both parties, their motives - not the substance of their argument".

McCain was also good friends with the late Sen.

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McCain died Saturday of brain cancer at age 81. "And that's what matters".

Asked whether McCain would have made a better president than McCain's 2008 rival, Barack Obama, Trump said: "I don't want to comment on it". Obama is set to speak Saturday at the National Cathedral. John McCain, on Wednesday and several of his children sobbed during the first of two services for the statesman and former prisoner of war before he is taken for the last time from the state he has represented since the 1980s. McCain wrote in his book The Restless Wave that he wished he had picked Lieberman to be his vice presidential running mate in 2008.

A number of McCain's former legislative and campaign aides will also serve as pallbearers during the various ceremonies. Bush defeated McCain for the Republican nomination for president in 2000 in a bitter battle.

"He represented our values all over the world as senator from Arizona and America is stronger for his fierce defense of our values", Kyl said. Celaya said he was most impressed with McCain's willingness to fight for his beliefs.

The procession's pause at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where McCain's widow, Cindy, is expected to lay a wreath, will highlight McCain's military service and his more than five years as a prisoner of war.

McCain was beloved among many Vietnamese-Americans for his history of fighting alongside the South Vietnamese and for supporting the families of political detainees, said Derrick Nguyen, who was with the group.

McCain's daughter Bridget delivered a scripture reading, and his longtime chief of staff Grant Woods, a former Arizona attorney general, offered a eulogy in which he talked about McCain's "terribly bad driving" and his wicked sense of humour.

Biden, quoting the Declaration of Independence, said, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights".

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Following a service at North Phoenix Baptist Church, McCain's casket will go to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for a salute from the Arizona Air and Army National Guard.