Obama, Bush mourn former rival McCain at Washington service

02 September, 2018, 10:54 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Thousands pay their respects to US Sen. John McCain | New Hampshire

The Economist/YouGov poll taken between August 26-28 found that just over half of US adults who identify as Republicans have a favorable view of the late senator, while 75 percent of Democrats have a somewhat or very favorable view of McCain.

The air around the Arizona State Capitol was heavy as McCain's body moved from the A.L. Moore Grimshaw-Mortuary Wednesday morning. His family watched from the steps.

"He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth for so very long", she continued.

"I don't think I'm worthy to be up there, to be honest with you", Fitzgerald said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) also spoke.

McCain, a former Navy aviator, really did "talk like a sailor", Ryan said, drawing smiles from the crowd. "He just relished the fight".

McCain stood out during the last two years as a key rival and critic of U.S. President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican whom McCain's family has asked not to attend the funeral. He said to John's family, including wife Cindy McCain and his seven children, "There's nothing anyone can say or do to ease the pain right now, but I pray that this gives you comfort: that you shared John with us your whole life, the world now aches for John's death". Lindsey Graham. While in the chamber, Cindy McCain sat in her husband's chair.

The service ended two days of mourning for the six-term senator in his home state.

Former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are expected to speak at the ceremony on Saturday.

His memorial website said that before his passing, Larson reserved four plots of land - for him, McCain and their spouses - near where they first met, at the U.S. Naval Academy's cemetery at Hospital Point, overlooking the Severn River.

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McCain, who served in Congress since 1983 and in the U.S. Senate since 1987. died last Saturday of brain cancer. The procession was highlighting what McCain found important, some of which contrast with Trump's style and priorities. Chuck Schumer, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, his deputy Rod Rosenstein, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and New York Reps.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Connecticut Sen.

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) touches the Lincoln catafalque prior to the casket of Sen.

McCain chose a Russian dissident as a pallbearer, though Trump has professed repeatedly his affinity and admiration for Russian President, Vladimir Putin - praise that came amid special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. But it was his military service, punctuated by years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, that molded McCain's political life.

McCain's family friend, Helaine Levy.

The former senator said McCain had "been to more countries, knew more foreign leaders and had a better grasp of history than any other American official, including our secretaries of state".

Michael Fellars was among those awaiting the motorcade outside the church. But Biden, who is considering challenging Trump in 2020, made what some saw as a veiled reference to the president. "He'd part company with you if you lacked the basic values of decency, respect, knowing this project is bigger than yourself".

"I was thinking this week about why John's death hit the country so hard", Biden said, before adding, "I think it's because they knew that John believed so deeply and so passionately in the soul of America".

McConnell, a man who at times fought on the opposite side of McCain on issues such as campaign finance, remembered him on the Senate floor earlier this week as a tough political opponent.


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