"I don't know if I have earned that honor, but I feel like it". "I do not cry for a ideal man". "I cry for a man who had honor and always was willing to admit to his imperfection".
He added that McCain was as popular as Elvis Presley in Vietnam, where he was imprisoned.
McCain was known for his temper and short fuse but, while he often got into tiffs with fellow senators, reporters, and others he usually would get over the disagreement and form a working relationship.
McCain, 81, died of brain cancer.
The renaming proposal would not need approval from the House or from President Donald Trump, a longtime McCain nemesis. The Senate, the United States, and the world are lesser places without John McCain. Several defended him against attacks from Trump, who questioned McCain's heroism as a prisoner of war and chafed over McCain's thumbs-down vote that sank the repeal of national health care. I have been dreading this.
Pham Gia Minh, a 62-year-old businessman who signed the condolence book at the embassy, said he witnessed Vietnamese civilians being killed by the U.S bombings of North Vietnam, including the Christmas bombing of Hanoi in 1972, but he admired McCain for overcoming the hard past to build better ties between the two countries.
He said McCain teased him all the time.
The White House issued no formal statement over the weekend about McCain's death, though one was drafted, according to U.S. media. John McCain's pal on Capitol Hill, said Tuesday that he believed the Arizona Republican's lasting legacy is that he "taught us how to lose".
Lindsey Graham, a senior Republican senator close to McCain ideologically, said on Tuesday in the Senate that the lesson he learned from his "good friend" was that "when good ignores evil, it may be convenient bit it seldom works". "He disagreed with the president in certain areas and wasn't too courteous about it".
"Honor is, in my view, doing the right thing at your own expense".
"I'm a Southerner", Shelby said."Russell was a man of his time, OK?"
"I'm going to bring mine", Graham said. Richard Russell, a Georgia Democrat who, like McCain, chaired the Armed Services Committee. Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said McCain's support for the Jewish state "never wavered".
Bush, Obama, McCain's family and others are slated to speak at a full-dress service on Saturday in the National Cathedral.
McCain is only the third individual so honored in Arizona's state capitol over the past 40 years, organizers of the ceremony said.
After the speech, Graham got hugs from Sens.
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