Memorial tributes to Senator John McCain open in Arizona Capitol

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Following a memorial ceremony at the North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday, McCain's remains are to be flown on a military aircraft to Washington.

"It's one foot in front of the other", Graham said.

Despite being a Republican, Schaefer said McCain was known for being controversial within his own party. Almost as many say President Trump should be invited to the funeral for John McCain as say he should not be invited.

Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma allowed that McCain "was partially to blame" for the rift with Trump, saying, "He was very outspoken that he disagreed with the president in certain areas and wasn't too courteous about it".

But McCain's decision to invite Obama to speak at his funeral stands out as far more extraordinary, given their brutal and bitter rivalry during the 2008 presidential race. He told me many times that torture so distorts the mind that the victim's consequent speech is utterly unworthy of belief. Most Republicans want to see an invitation for the current President.

"Ten years ago, I had the privilege to concede defeat in the election for president".

It turns out, after talking to several friends of both men this week, their relationship isn't intimate at all, but rather one rooted in mutual respect and a shared sense of alarm at today's caustic political climate.

"It feels like you're losing part of your family, as much as he did", she said. He thanked him. The call was brief.

In Arizona, McCain's death on Saturday after a yearlong battle with brain cancer loomed over the primary contests.

Democrats and Republicans have been effusive in their praise of McCain, celebrating his military career and the 31 years he spent representing Arizona in the US Senate.

To the woman who brought John McCain into the world, Mrs. McCain, Roberta, 106 years young - you raised a remarkable son, and we are truly blessed to have you among us still. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) was asking to be the first Republican co-sponsor of Schumer's proposed resolution.

"Only seven Senators in the entire history of this institution are honored with portraits there", McConnell said of Capitol's Senate Reception Room. "There is a kind of poetry to it that he wanted his two erstwhile opponents to eulogize them". McCain also dealt a death blow to Trump's American Health Care Act, severely setting back the president's legislative agenda.

Stay-away messages were sent through intermediaries. We never would have been ready for this. And he never hid that hardship.

In his death, McCain left a hole in Congress and the fabric of American public life, as well as a vision of how the country can recover from political divisiveness.

Who doesn't wish they could just hug @MeghanMcCain right now. "Arizona has enchanted and claimed me", he wrote.

"I think Russell being named Russell is that generation of senators' message to future generations", Cassidy said.

Kyl said he would miss McCain and that his greatest contribution was national security. "That's what he did, and that's what a lot of people need to do in this country".

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who served with McCain for 31 years, said he was in favor of "naming nearly any building" for McCain, but added, "I'm not sure that I would make a decision on a specific building at this point".