Joe Biden: 'I'm a Democrat and I love John McCain'

Sunday, 02 Sep, 2018

"I always thought of John as a brother", Biden said.

"He is an American hero and so an American flag is fitting", Max Fose said as he walked Central Avenue with flags tucked under his arms. "He would fight tooth and nail for his vision of the common good, depending on the issue, you knew John would either be your staunchest ally or your most stubborn opponent", the Senate majority leader added.

McCain was a stalwart ally of Israel.

"John McCain believed in our constitution", said Grant Woods, his longtime campaign manager. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Ryan in presenting the House arrangement.

Vice President Mike Pence also offered his condolences and memories. Conspicuously missing: Trump, who was not invited.

Family, friends, lawmakers and other guests, including some celebrities, are gathered in the rotunda at the U.S. Capitol, where the body of John McCain lies in state, for a memorial service to honour the six-term senator who lived and worked in the nation's capital for over four decades. Twenty-four sitting US senators, four former senators and other leaders were among those expected at Thursday's memorial.

11 a.m. - firstcoastnews.com will live stream coverage from our Arizona station 12NEWS, of the procession from the U.S. Capitol to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) touches the Lincoln catafalque prior to the casket of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. lays her head on casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Phoenix. First in line was Kris Wiebold, who came from Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, who awoke at 3:30 a.m.to make his first trip to the Capitol. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were among those in attendance, along with members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Drawing on the tragedies suffered in his own life - the deaths of his first wife and daughter in a auto accident in 1972, and his son Beau from cancer in 2015 - Biden offered consolation to McCain's family, calling his absence "all-consuming". Many veterans who are also Trump supporters - saw it as a sign of disrespect.

During the Vietnam War, McCain's plane was shot down over Hanoi while on a bombing mission, and he was held as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese for more than five-and-a-half years, until 1973. "The brokenness was his ballast".

Rick Davis, who was McCain's campaign manager, said earlier this week of their friendship, per NBC News: "If there's a better of exemplification of debating and throwing a few punches, but at the end of the day being able to maintain a relationship with the people you are at battle with, as the model of governance John McCain adhered to, that relationship with Biden was in the category".

In his last hours, McCain turned down further medical treatment.

During Wednesday's private service at the Capitol for family and friends, Cindy McCain pressed her face against her husband's coffin, and daughter Meghan McCain erupted in sobs.

Mr Raymond Gonzales, 70, a veteran of Vietnam and the first Gulf War in 1990, told The Straits Times that Mr McCain had helped him recover after Vietnam. "Many just felt he was a man of character and courage", said Bob Healy, a ranger with the National Park Service. The couple's daughter, Meghan, wept.

Cindy McCain, wife of, Sen.

Bush delivered McCain a decisive defeat in the race for the GOP presidential nomination in 2000. The senator withdrew after losing a series of primaries to Bush on Super Tuesday.

McCain was an avid sports fan and supporter of Arizona's teams.

He did just that, slamming McCain as "profoundly out of touch" on the economy in a speech in MI in September 2008.