Obama, Bush mourn former rival McCain at Washington service

Obama, Bush mourn former rival McCain at Washington service

Obama, Bush mourn former rival McCain at Washington service

Former Vice President Joe Biden gives a tribute during memorial service at North Phoenix Baptist Church for Sen.

Gov. Doug Ducey remembered McCain as "Arizona's favorite adopted son" on what would have been his 82nd birthday.

"John's story is the American story, grounded in respect and decency, basic fairness, the intolerance for the abuse of power", Biden said.

Honor guard member Valentine Costalez praised McCain for championing the military during his Senate career. The two foreign policy giants famously tangled on some of the most pressing national security issues.

A two-term congressman and a senator for more than three decades, McCain shaped United States policy on everything from immigration to foreign policy, spoke out against the country's use of enhanced interrogation practices during the George W. Bush administration and irrevocably changed the very body in which he served.

"I'm Joe Biden. I'm a Democrat".

WASHINGTON -He was a war hero who survived more than five years of torture as a prisoner in Vietnam and the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, but it's John McCain's role as a legislator that may have most defined his public life.

Sullivan called McCain a "man of courage, a steadfast patriot, an American hero, a warrior of indomitable spirit, who not only believed in American exceptionalism but inspired millions of Americans and millions of people across the globe to believe in it as well".

Biden, a Democrat who was among the friends the Republican senator made across the aisle, said he thought of McCain as a brother, "with a lot of family fights".

He recalled "the joy that crossed his face when he knew he was about to take the stage of the Senate floor and start a fight". "We both lamented, watching it change".

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Sign posted outside Sen. McCain’s Arizona ranch thanks him for his service
Earlier this month, Trump signed a military policy bill named for McCain, but he made no mention of McCain at a signing ceremony. When asked how he wanted to be remembered, McCain had said: "That I made a major contribution to the defense of the nation".

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McCain's funeral puts him back in the spotlight a few miles from Trump's doorstep, in the city where the senator, who died last Saturday at 81, worked and collected friends and enemies - and some people were both at different times. "Well. I'm black. He's white".

"I'm young, he wasn't so young". He lived with physical limitations brought on by war. "He ran for president; I ran out of bounds". He was the epitome of toughness, and I do everything I can to avoid contact.

Fitzgerald and McCain struck up a friendship after meeting in 2006, which marked Fitzgerald's third season with the Cardinals, and the relationship between the two men blossomed over the past decade despite a 47-year age difference.

Thousands of people were expected to pay their respects to McCain as he lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush are also slated to speak during the service, along with former Sen.

On Sunday, McCain will be interred at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery after a private ceremony Sunday at the Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Md.

He said McCain (R-Ariz) inspired him to visit Vietnam and retrace the steps of the retired Navy pilot's gruesome imprisonment.

Woods concluded with an appeal to everyone in the room, and probably the country.

Meghan McCain, who has made no secret of her unhappiness with Trump's criticism of her father, kicked off a memorial service that was attended by a who's who crowd of Democratic and Republican leaders who gathered to celebrate the former war prisoner's life. "We are here today to honor an American patriot who served a cause greater than himself", Pence said. "He would not stand by as people tried to trample the constitution or the bill of rights, including the first amendment".

On Thursday, Michael Fellars was among those awaiting the motorcade outside the church.

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