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

Lydia FlemingAug 30, 2018

John McCain's wife, Cindy, walked up to the flag-draped casket holding her husband's body Wednesday at the Arizona Capitol and patted it, then leaned over and kissed it.

After the speeches, Cindy McCain was the first to approach her husband's casket. She said she liked how McCain didn't act as though he was above others, and she praised all he did for veterans. John McCain, the first of two days of services here before he departs the state he has represented since the 1980s. The son of a Navy admiral, he moved frequently growing up and once said the Hanoi Hilton Prison was the longest he'd ever lived anywhere until he moved to the state. McCain will be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on August 2. That time, ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl asked the president if he considers McCain, who was tortured during his captivity during the Vietnam War, a hero.

With Sen. McCain passing, Schaefer hopes people will remember his service.

"Indeed, a Democratic senator just spoke to me on the floor and was very kind and said, 'You know we're all looking to you now, '" she said. Carla Eudy, a fundraiser who has been friends with the McCain family for decades, also said, "invitations were not extended" to Palin.

"Two names you won't see on the guest list: Trump and Palin", says a Capitol Hill source with knowledge of the funeral plans.

"We definitely have lost a strong advocate, so we'll need someone who is going to step up to the plate", Hatch said. Ducey echoed McCain's love for the state, saying, "Imagining an Arizona without John McCain is like imagining an Arizona without the Grand Canyon".

The McCain family had Davis read McCain's farewell message on Monday, which Davis said he was honored to do.

Davis said that the senator would frequently do early morning media interviews to get his message out, despite the time difference between Arizona and NY or Washington, and then do a full day of work.

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Phil Hubbard, a health care recruiter who lives in Scottsdale, held a cold water bottle in each hand as he waited for a chance to pay his respects.

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

On Thursday morning, a procession through Phoenix will bring the casket to a memorial service at a Baptist church, with the public invited to line the route along a highway.

Arizona's first responders lined the plaza as the Arizona National Guard team carried McCain inside the Capitol.

The memorial service will see multiple tributes, readings and musical performances, including a tribute from former Vice President Joe Biden.

Another viewing will be at the US Capitol on Friday, with a final memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral.

The president often answers reporters' questions when a day's pool is allowed into meetings or photo ops, often making quite a bit of news when doing so.

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