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Sen. John McCain lies in state at Arizona Capitol

Sen. John McCain lies in state at Arizona Capitol”

McCain also made clear he did not want Trump to attend his funeral service.

From there, McCain will depart Arizona for the last time from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

A hearse bearing McCain's body arrived at the Phoenix statehouse with a police motorcycle escort for a brief ceremony honoring the Arizona senator, who died of brain cancer on August 25 at age 81.

Meghan McCain, daughter of, Sen. The McCain family friend said he believes that "America is stronger for his fierce defense of our values".

At one point, Cindy McCain was seen dabbing away tears as she sat in front of her husband's casket, next to her oldest son.

. The decision will have repercussions for the future of the party: Some have called for Ducey to appoint a moderate whose views are similar to McCain's, while others have urged him to select a conservative who takes a hard-line approach on immigration and other issues.

He finally did so for McCain around 4 p.m. Monday, signing a proclamation that described the move as "a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of Senator John Sidney McCain III".

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Mr McCain's death could give Mr Trump even greater leverage over a rightward-tilting Republican Party as he fights for his political life against the Russian Federation meddling and obstruction investigations. McCain will be buried Sunday in a private funeral at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

More so than any other major league American politician today, he was unafraid to make enemies both within his party and without-and above all, he never backed off of a sure-fail plan.

Democrats as well as Republicans were effusive in their praise of Mr McCain as they returned to Congress, celebrating his storied military career and 31 years representing Arizona in the US Senate.

"Yesterday I asked my son who his hero was".

"Indeed, a Democratic senator just spoke to me on the floor and was very kind and said, 'You know we're all looking to you now, '" she said.

"I saw him as a prisoner in a cage", she said of McCain. "I brought my children here to show them what a real hero was".

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For some Arizona residents, McCain has been a political fixture for their entire lives.

He took office in Arizona in the early 1980s, first as a congressman and then as a senator in the seat once held by Sen Barry Goldwater.

A McCain family spokesperson said the Capitol doors would remain open as long as there are people in line preparing to honor John McCain.

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

There will be a memorial service at the North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will be among those paying tribute to the deceased senator.

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