Final farewells to Sen. John McCain begin at Arizona Capitol

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The McCain family had Davis read McCain's farewell message on Monday, which Davis said he was honored to do. I am so honoured to have been able to call Senator McCain my friend, and am grateful to his family for allowing my family to be a part of their lives. Ducey is also headed for a tough reelection battle in the fall, and is seeking a smooth replacement process.

Graham revealed in a CNN interview that Trump phoned him after he made an emotional speech on the Senate floor Tuesday urging Americans to "be more like John McCain".

McCain's wife, Cindy, widely seen as a possible candidate for appointment to succeed her husband, led a procession of 90 mourners past his casket.

"Given the political world as it is today, why go do this?"

Kyl said he would miss McCain, whose greatest contribution was national security. At 11am ET on Friday, August 31, his family, colleagues and staff will honor his memory in a private ceremony.

"He believed in something", said Hubbard, who had voted for McCain. Trump tweeted about McCain after his death Saturday but has passed up several chances to speak publicly on the Arizona senator.

NBC News reported that during the service, Gov. Doug Ducey stated that McCain was not only a major figure in the history of Arizona but the state's "favorite adopted son".

Two groups who traveled to Arizona from San Diego to pay their respects to John McCain had been waiting outside in the heat since early morning. The senator said Trump would be a "disaster" if nominated, but since Trump won the election, Graham has been a frequent golf partner of the president and sought to influence him on foreign policy.

"Imagining Arizona without John McCain is like picturing Arizona without the Grand Canyon", Ducey said at one point in his remarks.

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Meghan McCain, daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain, cries over the casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on Wednesday.

"Nothing will overcome the loss of Senator McCain, but so that generations remember him, I will be introducing a resolution to rename the Russell building after him", Schumer said.

The doors of the state capitol will remain open through Wednesday evening for the public to pay their respects to McCain.

Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen.

Arizona National Guard members carried the casket into the Arizona State Capitol Museum rotunda, where McCain lay in state.

There wasn't a dry eye in the house when his longtime friend, former vice president Joe Biden, gave his handsome eulogy.

She touched the coffin with her right hand, leaning on it for support before walking away while sobbing.

McConnell and McCain did not always agree, including a year ago when McCain voted against a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

There will be a service at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, followed by burial at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.