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Just hours after the Arizona Senator died on Saturday after a bout with an aggressive form of brain cancer, CBS News correspondent Christina Ruffini reported that he had asked former Republican President George W. Bush and Democratic President Barack Obama to deliver eulogies at the service. They did not give a date for the tribute and said more details would be released later. Tonight, a black hearse accompanied by a police motorcade could be seen driving away from the ranch near Sedona where the Republican senator spent his final weeks.

Gov. Doug Ducey, R-Ariz., does not plan to announce his selection of a Senate successor to McCain until after McCain's burial.

"Senator McCain's support for the Mindanao peace process also exemplified his humanitarian spirit and his lifelong dedication to the cause of peace and justice", he said.

McCain had been a rare and outspoken Republican critic of Trump, accusing him of "naivete", "egotism" and of sympathising with autocrats. McCain was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for the 2008 presidential election and was an active voice in US foreign policy debate, as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee from January 2015 until his death.

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Bush was among those expected to speak at McCain's funeral.

Earlier this summer, McCain issued a blistering statement criticizing Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"We saw our political battles, even, as a privilege, something noble, an opportunity to serve as stewards of those high ideals at home, and to advance them around the world".

Former Vice President Al Gore described "McCain was an American hero and a true patriot. It sprang from his belief in democracy and freedom". "His significance went well beyond his own country".

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McCain was a U.S. Congressmen from 1983-1987, representing Arizona's first district, and was a Senator from Arizona from 1987 until his death.

Alternatively affable and cantankerous, McCain had been in the public eye since the 1960s when, as a naval aviator, he was shot down during the Vietnam War and tortured by his North Vietnamese communist captors during 5-1/2 years as a prisoner. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982 and elected to the United States Senate in 1986.

Speaker Paul Ryan also in a tweet said: "John McCain was a giant of our time - not just for the things he achieved, but for who he was and what he fought for all his life". Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced that he wants to name the Senate building that housed McCain's suite of offices after the Arizona senator, who served as chairman of the Commerce Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"As you go through life, you meet few truly great people".

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John McCain with Tsai Ing-wen in June, 2016.


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