John McCain was eulogized as a "true American hero" - and a awful driver with a wicked sense of humor and love of a good fight - at a crowded church service for the maverick politician Thursday that ended with the playing of Frank Sinatra's "My Way".
Meghan McCain wept over her father's flag-draped casket in one of the most emotional moments of late U.S. Sen. John McCain, who died of brain cancer last Saturday at 81. John McCain to a hearse at the conclusion to memorial service at the North Phoenix Baptist Church on August 30, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., delivered a speech this week on the Senate floor in which he recalled meeting McCain through Dole in 1996.
The church's senior pastor, Noe Garcia, pronounced Senator McCain "a true American hero".
On Thursday, McCain's body was flown to Washington, where he will lie in state at the US Capitol on Friday.
Thursday was the second of five days of recollections and celebrations of McCain's life, his 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war at the hands of North Vietnamese captors during the Vietnam War in the 1960s, his long career in Congress and his two unsuccessful runs for the presidency, the 2008 contest and the 2000 race when he lost the Republican presidential nomination to the eventual victor, former President George W. Bush.
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McCain lost the 2008 presidential election to Obama, an outcome the senator called a "privilege" in a letter to the country released after his death.
McCain and Trump also had a deeply strained relationship, so much so that the president at first refused to keep federal flags lowered to half-staff until McCain's burial on Sunday. John McCain at the North Phoenix Baptist Church on August 30, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Fitzgerald said he and McCain spent a lot of time together over the years, sometimes seeing each other on the practice field at the Cardinals' facility, and even communicated through text messages. And he spoke directly to McCain's widow, Cindy McCain, in the front row: "You were his ballast".
The viewing later in the day will go on as long as people are waiting in line, said Rick Davis, McCain's former presidential campaign manager.
A memorial is left outside the Arizona State Capitol Rotunda where US Sen.
One name being floated is John Kyl, 76, a former Arizona senator and McCain colleague, who served in the senate from 1995 until 2013.
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Trump hit back, saying of McCain's 5-1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam: "He was a war hero because he was captured".
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Fitzgerald also discussed his need to visit Vietnam to see what McCain endured, telling the roughly 3,500 people in attendance, "I wanted to see the places where the will of John McCain was tested and forged", Fitzgerald said, according to ESPN.
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