Luis Gonzalez 'Blessed and Honored' to Be Pallbearer for John McCain

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According to McCain's family, "friends, congressional colleagues and staff, as well as USA and global leaders, have been invited to attend and participate in the service".

While Ward and Arpaio had trumpeted their hardline stances on immigration and their support for their president throughout the race, McSally had drawn comparisons to the more moderate, recently deceased Arizona Sen.

Members of the public line up to pay their respects for Sen.

Marcial was one of hundreds that lined up hours before the public viewing began.

Kelli Ward, a former state senator who has courted the far-right during her campaign, suggested on Facebook Saturday that McCain's family released its statement saying the senator was ending medical treatment for brain cancer was timed to hurt her chances of winning Tuesday's primary.

"Imagining Arizona without John McCain is like picturing Arizona without the Grand Canyon".

McCain had a strong connection to Fitzgerald and the Cardinals.

Reflecting ahead of Wednesday's service, Arizona governor Doug Ducey tweeted: "We are privileged as a state to have called him a fellow Arizonan, and we are honoured to have the opportunity to celebrate his life".

The president should know a withdrawal from the nearly 17-year-old war would "blow up" in his face, said Graham, who spoke to reporters about McCain following an emotional floor speech on the Arizona Republican's death.

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In the past 40 years, only two others have lied in state at the Arizona Capitol: Arizona State Senator Marilyn Jarrett in 2006 and Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens in 1980.

Later in the afternoon, the Capitol will be open to members of the public who want to pay their respects.

On Thursday, the senator will be moved by motorcade to North Phoenix Baptist Church for a memorial service celebrating his life and legacy. Upon arrival, McCain will be received by armed forces body bearers.

Bill Clinton was the last Democratic presidential nominee to carry Arizona in 1996.

Another viewing will be held at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, with a final memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral.

Finally, although Trump was reportedly not invited to the funeral by the deceased himself, he delegated a cohort of high-ranking officials including Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and National Security Advisor John Bolton to represent his administration at the ceremony.

His body will then lie in state on Friday at the US capitol for another memorial ceremony and public viewing, to be followed on Saturday by a funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral.

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

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