John McCain memorialized as hero, fighter, imperfect friend

John McCain memorialized as hero, fighter, imperfect friend

John McCain memorialized as hero, fighter, imperfect friend

Biden said that kind of attitude makes it "impossible to reach consensus". Celaya said he was most impressed with McCain's willingness to fight for his beliefs.

Dermer wrote on Twitter on Sunday, "Deeply saddened to hear the news about the passing of Senator John McCain, a great friend of Israel and a great champion of the US-Israel alliance".

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Almost 40 percent of Republicans said that they had a somewhat or very unfavorable view of McCain, according to the poll, while only 15 percent of Democrats had an unfavorable view of McCain.

But I know - and I mean this sincerely - even when your dad got mad at me and said I should get the hell off the ticket.

"My friends, when I was growing up, my father was often at sea, and the job of raising my brother, sister and me would fall to my mother alone", McCain said.

Fitzgerald also talked at McCain's funeral Thursday about how on the surface they could not have been more different: "He ran for president". "He ran for president; I ran out of bounds". And yet, he added, "We were the closest of friends". He said it was the flawless example of what made McCain an iconic figure.

Fitzgerald said McCain celebrated differences and championed humanity.

"My name is Joe Biden".

Mr Biden made the moving comments during a private memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church in Arizona.

Part of the 8-mile (13-kilometer) route was lined with US flags and campaign-style placards that simply read "McCain".

A few firefighters saluted from atop a fire engine parked on an overpass as the motorcade passed underneath on Interstate 17.


"We love him", Mr Francis Nguyen, 60, told The Straits Times.

The public viewing of his casket, after a brief ceremony for family and dignitaries led by Gov. Doug Ducey, came on the first of five days of memorial tributes planned for McCain, who died on Saturday from brain cancer.

The flag-draped casket of Sen.

McCain, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, was honored in Arizona on Wednesday, the day he would've turned 82.

"I had the honor of visiting Senator McCain about 6 weeks ago in Arizona with his wonderful wife Cindy...."

About 3,500 people packed the Phoenix church for the service.

On Thursday, Michael Fellars was among those awaiting the motorcade outside the church.

"He cared about the substance of my heart moreso than where I came from", he said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a man who at times fought on the opposite side of McCain on issues like campaign finance, remembered McCain as a tough political opponent.

"We'd talk about family", Biden said of his relationship with McCain. The school choir from Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix - where McCain's sons Jack and Jimmy attended - performed a rendition of "Amazing Grace" early in the memorial. "We're all Americans, and we got to get to the point where we can work together as Americans", said Grant Woods, McCain's former chief of staff.

The music chosen for the recession is Frank Sinatra's signature My Way, paying tribute to a man who became known for following his own path based on his personal principles. But it was nevertheless filled with affecting moments and demonstrations of deep respect for the statesman and Navy pilot war hero who was held by the North Vietnamese for 5½ years after being shot down over Hanoi. Wednesday would have been his 82nd birthday. As many as 15,000 members of the public waited in line for hours, as temperatures climbed above 100F, to pay their respects.

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