Joe Biden remembers John McCain as a brother during Arizona memorial service


A formal funeral service will be held Saturday at Washington National Cathedral, where former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will speak.

The service unfolded at North Baptist Church after a motorcade bearing McCain's body made its way from the state Capitol past Arizonans waving American flags and campaign-style signs for the lawmaker.

In a written statement, Sen.

"I will miss a dear friend whose smile reminded us that service is a privilege and whose scars reminded us of the great cost that courageous souls pay for our freedom", McConnell said, The Washington Examiner reported. I am glad that they are able to now visit the most handsome state in the country, & I hope they enjoy their time in VT.

Meghan McCain looked daggers at Vice President Pence as he spoke at her father's memorial ceremony Friday. "He could disagree on substance, but the underlying values that animated everything John did, everything he was, come to a different conclusion".

Ending his speech in the same softer tone that he began in, Biden said that McCain's death has hit people so hard because they knew he believed so deeply and so forcefully in the soul of America.

He said McCain "love basic values - fairness, honesty, dignity, respect".

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Biden and McCain used to sit next to each other during long debates in the 1980s and '90s. "There are so many differences between the two of us and it didn't matter", Fitzgerald said. "I'm young. He wasn't so young". The Arizona senator, said Biden, "was neither selfish or self-serving". I'm a professional athlete.

Biden, who represented DE as a USA senator starting in the 1970s before he became vice president to Barack Obama, also spoke about how, during debates in the 1980s and 1990s, he and McCain would often sit next to each other, even though they belonged to opposing parties. I run out of bounds.

"He could not stand the abuse of power", Biden continued, perhaps referring to McCain's outspoken objections to the use of torture.

Later, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined McConnell, Ryan and Pence in laying wreathes next to McCain's casket.

McCain understood and appreciated Arizona's large immigrant community, said Tommy Espinoza, president of the Raza Development Fund Inc.

Hundreds of Arizonans were seen lining the streets to pay final respects as McCain's flag-draped coffin was then driven in a black hearse, escorted by four policemen on motorcycles, towards the airport for transport to Washington aboard a United States military plane.

"Meghan McCain's face says it all", said user Stuguru.