John McCain's Casket Arrives at Arizona's Capitol

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The party had been deeply anxious that former state senator Kelli Ward would win the primary, after a freaky campaign in which she repeatedly disparaged a dying Sen. "He represented Arizona and the United States with class and dignity, and the courage and incredible strength that he demonstrated, in every test a man could face, impacted everyone who simply heard his story". Some had traveled for hours from California and elsewhere.

Kyl said he would miss McCain, whose greatest contribution was national security. "He gave me a rapper's name", Morales said.

Sen. Johnny Isakson: "But anybody who in any way tarnishes the reputation of John McCain deserves a whipping".

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Elizabeth City failed to fly its American flag at half-staff on Tuesday, despite a White House proclamation that the flag be lowered until Sunday as a gesture of respect to military veteran and U.S. Sen. According to a statement, McCain's "family, friends, along with national, state, local and tribal officials, and business leaders from across the state of Arizona have been invited to attend the service". "Our hearts and prayers are going to the family of Senator John McCain. and we very much appreciate everything Senator McCain has done for our country".

Caleb Webb said that he met Sen. McCain became close friends with all three athletes during his time in the Senate. "Then I think we need to take a deep breath and find the right way to honor him publicly and permanently".

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

The ceremony marked the start of five days of tributes in Phoenix and Washington for McCain, who would have turned 82 on Wednesday.

Kassandra Morales, 44, stood with her sons, 8 and 2 years old.

"What makes this race unique is that in nearly every criteria, they're equally qualified in terms of money and campaign experience", she said. That's not a hero.

"You think about those 60-plus years and everything he's done from his time served as a POW to all the years in the senate, the things he's done her for the great state of Arizona - and to be able to do that in five or six minutes is extremely hard".

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One of those longstanding friendships is with legendary actor and director Warren Beatty, who once spoke to The Atlantic a bit about his relationship with McCain.

After a bruising lead up to primary night, McSally beat out her more conservative opponents in the fight to replace retiring GOP Sen. "It was what John McCain had done and demonstrated over and over and over again".

"I nearly killed him!"

Poor Meghan was hysterically crying throughout the commemoration, leaning on her brother for support as her father's casket was prepared to lie in state. "He was white-knuckling it and he said 'Hey I want to get there alive, '" Freedman said, chuckling.

"Imagining an Arizona without John McCain is like picturing Arizona without the Grand Canyon", Ducey said. "There was no caste system in John McCain's life", he said. She said she liked how McCain didn't act as though he was above others, and she praised all he did for veterans. "I met him in New Orleans in 1988, just sort of accidentally".

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

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