Sen. John McCain's body arrives in DC

Ruben Holloway
August 31, 2018

"I'm Joe Biden. I'm a Democrat". John McCain as a "true American hero" - and a bad driver with a wicked sense of humor and love of a good battle - at a crowded church service Thursday for the maverick politician that ended to the tune of Frank Sinatra's "My Way".

Biden, William Cohen, Gary Hart, Russ Feingold and Phil Gramm; and Sen. John McCain during a viewing at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Phoenix.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald Jr. - who became friends with McCain after his National Football League career began, and who recently wrote a piece for Sports Illustrated on his admiration for McCain's service in Vietnam - is also slated to give remarks. McCain will be laid to rest next to his Naval Academy classmate and lifelong friend, Admiral Chuck Larson, who passed away in 2014. "For some reason we hit if off from the beginning".

He said, "I pray you take some comfort knowing that because you shared John with all of us your whole life, the world now shares with you the ache of John's death".

Sinatra's "My Way" paid tribute to a politician who became known for following his own path based on his personal principles. It's all about trust.

McCain will be buried on Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

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"It's brutal, it's relentless, it's unforgiving", Biden said of brain cancer.

Many others were also in tears as they filed solemnly past the casket, often after waiting for hours outside in the blazing Arizona sun.

Biden, who lost not only his son, but also his first wife and daughter, extended hope to McCain's family and their feelings of grief. "Depending on the issue, you knew John would either be your staunchest ally or your most stubborn opponent", McConnell said.

John McCain from the Arizona State Capitol to go to a memorial service at the North Phoenix Baptist Church on August 30, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.

"John's story is the American story", Biden insisted.

He says McCain embodied basic values including fairness, honesty and respect.

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Biden then delved into politics and explained why their friendship persisted despite their differences and how it was easier for politicians to do so years ago.

He explained how the two men met in the late 1970s, when Mr McCain was serving as a US Navy liaison officer to the Senate, whilst Mr Biden had already been elected.

McCain clashed openly with President Donald Trump, who mocked McCain for getting captured during the Vietnam War.

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.

According to a Thursday Bloomberg report, he said: "I don't want to comment on it". "To paraphrase Shakespeare, we shall not see his like again".

Following a church service and a military salute, his casket will depart for the nation's capital where his body will lie in state at the US Capitol Rotunda.

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