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Washington says goodbye to John McCain

Washington says goodbye to John McCain

Whether Congress should cast a statue or rename a building for McCain is under debate.

McCain's flag-draped casket is carried up the steps to lie in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

The funeral of at Washington's National Cathedral on Saturday, September 1 will be live-streamed through the McCain website, starting at 10am ET (3pm BST).

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

He has endured deep criticism for controversially leading the USA into war in Iraq - an invasion that McCain steadfastly supported at first, but eventually grew to believe was a mistake.

Senator John McCain was remembered in Phoenix on Thursday as a "true American hero" and a political "maverick", whose salty humor and scrappy nature endeared him to generations of Arizonans and Americans. "And to me, he was a friend whom I'll deeply miss". "We had a lot of family fights", Biden said, adding that McCain often visited his home in Wilmington, Delaware, and they had a great personal relationship outside of the Capitol.

Congressional leaders are expected to deliver remarks at the memorial, as well as Vice-President Mike Pence.

People close to the White House and McCain's family said President Donald Trump, who has mocked McCain for getting captured during the Vietnam War, has been asked to stay away from all events. "On behalf of a grateful nation, we will ever remember that John McCain served his country, and John McCain served his country honorably".

Following that, bipartisan leaders - McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Ryan and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi - presented wreaths.




Fitzgerald and McCain struck up a friendship after meeting in 2006, which marked Fitzgerald's third season with the Cardinals, and the relationship between the two men blossomed over the past decade despite a 47-year age difference.

The silver-haired Roberta McCain - whose presence was only confirmed on the eve of the ceremony - appeared composed as she drew near her son's casket in a wheelchair, making the sign of the cross on her chest.

Americans prepared Friday to honor the late national icon John McCain, whose remains were to lay in state in the US Capitol as part of a momentous sendoff for the warrior-turned-politician.

Sibyl Kalish, 59, traveled with her 89-year-old mother, Beverly, from NY and waited in the blistering heat to file past McCain's coffin.

He referenced McCain's five and a half years in captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, after McCain's Navy bomber was shot down over Hanoi in October 1967.

Both Biden and McCain knew how painful life could be.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, told reporters of McCain "We need people with his values here".

Cindy McCain, the late senator's wife, came up first to pay her respects over the flag-draped casket. Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte, former Sen.

After eight hours and an estimated 16,000 people paying their final respects to the American icon, 30 visitors found themselves with no one else in line behind them. McCain was a member of the Academy's Class of 1958. He has been celebrated for his ability to reach across the aisle and at times buck his own party, as he did in the summer of 2017 when a simple thumbs down stopped Republicans from moving forward with a plan that would have advanced a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The pallbearers at Saturday's cathedral service will include Biden and liberal actor and activist Warren Beatty, alongside former Senator Phil Gramm and ex-Defense Secretary William Cohen, both Republicans.

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