Replacing McCain in the Senate is political balancing act

28 August, 2018, 13:50 | Author: Rachel Logan
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McCain will become the 13th senator to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda, an honor reserved for the nation's "most eminent citizens", according to the Architect of the Capitol.

Barack Obama, the democrat who beat McCain to the presidency, said despite their differences, they shared "a fidelity to something higher - the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched and sacrificed".

Mr McCain was well-respected across the political spectrum in the U.S. for both his military and political service.

The Arizona Republican died age 81 after a months-long battle with brain cancer. May you rest in peace, Senator John McCain.

"These were bitter contests, both of them", said Senator Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, and "to ask them to speak at your funeral, and for them to be honoured at the opportunity, that tells you all you need to know". John McCain's legacy, less than a day after the elder statesman's death. Twitter users also bashed Trump for sharing an Instagram post about McCain's death that featured a picture of himself.

McCain, a self-styled "maverick", was renowned throughout his career for doing what he felt was right rather than politically expedient - even if it put him at odds with his own party.

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"As classmates at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Air Station Pensacola flight school, Senator McCain and Admiral Chuck Larson developed a close friendship that endured throughout their adult lives", the statement from McCain's office says.

Dan Scavino, Trump's longtime social media director said the flags at the White House have been lowered to half-staff in honor of the late senator.

Trump and McCain had feuded for years, most notably in 2016 when Trump said McCain was "not a war hero" because he had been captured in Vietnam. "John McCain was one of them", Schumer said. It was McCain who stopped Trump's repeal of Obamacare and Trump referred to the veteran as "not a war hero". Former President George W. Bush will give a eulogy at the National Cathedral.

"These occasions are either authorized by a congressional resolution or approved by the congressional leadership, when permission is granted by survivors", the Architect of the Capitol instructs on its website.

Klobuchar went on several overseas trips with McCain after she was elected to the Senate in 2006.

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