Sen. John McCain's family cries over flag-draped casket

Sen. John McCain's family cries over flag-draped casket

Sen. John McCain's family cries over flag-draped casket

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.

Meghan McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain cries at the casket of her father during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday. "As we march forward with courage and resolve he would have demanded, may we take comfort in knowing that in that fight, John McCain will always have our back", Ducey added.

The list of participants in the proceedings reflected the crossroads at which the Arizona Republican Party finds itself in the wake of McCain's death and at a time when the conservative base is lurching rightward.

Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl said he has been with McCain all around the world and that he had better instincts on when to assert USA power than anyone else he knew.

He called Trump's Helsinki news conference with Vladimir Putin "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

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

Doug Ducey and his wife bowed and McCain's former colleagues, Sen.

While Barry Goldwater was an Arizona native, McCain was "Arizona's favorite adopted son", the governor said on what would have been the 82nd birthday of McCain, who was born in the Panama Canal Zone while his father served in the military.

Lewis said she is a Democrat and therefore not a natural fan of McCain.

Thousands of people from across the country lined up to pay their respects to the late senator in Wednesday's 105-degree heat.

"We were the ones who were privileged, privileged to have John McCain fighting for us", Ducey said, "privileged to learn from him". As her daughter pushed her wheelchair slowly toward the capitol doors, Campbell had little to say about the Arizona Republican's politics.

The president's decision not to attend the service comes alongside rumors that McCain himself did not wish Trump to attend-the pair having had a volatile relationship since Trump's inauguration.

"Imagining Arizona without John McCain is like picturing Arizona without the Grand Canyon. I think she wants to get through this as best she can", a source close to the McCain family said. "It's just not natural".

With his head bowed in prayer Flake said "we are especially grateful that John made Arizona his home". Members of the public began lining up hours in advance for a casket viewing that was to begin in the afternoon.

After the speeches, Cindy McCain was the first to approach her husband's casket.

The viewing will go on as long as people are waiting in line, Rick Davis, McCain's former presidential campaign manager, said Monday.

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