"McCain and Adm. Larson represent what was the best of the nation, that feeling that they needed to do something important in service to the nation", said Huey, a Naval Academy professor from 2010 until his 2017 retirement.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) has said he will wait until after McCain's funeral Sunday to appoint a successor to serve out the remainder of the senator's term through 2020. "If you want to help the country, be more like John McCain". John McCainJohn Sidney McCainVietnam veteran gives Cindy McCain his war medallion Senate chaplain thanks God for "gift" of McCain Senate drapes McCain's desk in black cloth MORE (R-Ariz.) should not have been delayed.
"It tells me he was a man for whom honor integrity and loyalty are everything, and he lived that to the day he died", Swindle says. "I cry for a man who had honor and always was willing to admit to his imperfection".
Graham noted that since McCain's passing, strangers - cops, waiters, etc. - have come up to him to comfort him.
Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers rebuked the president for the way he handled McCain's death.
The tweet capped off a strained relationship between the two Republicans. He also spoke to reporters, saying of McCain: "This is the only time i've know him when he's been pain-free".
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Flake, who, as McCain was, is often critical of the president, also paid tribute to his mentor and colleague. The famous hot temper. And, until Monday, no official statement had been issued by President Donald Trump, with reports suggesting he had swatted down a statement praising his former rival's heroism.
Instead, Graham mentioned his mentor's failed attempts at immigration reform, his belief in climate change and compromise. "I got this wrong, "' - as McCain did after the Keating Five savings and loan scandal, after the presidential race and even after cursing too much.
"He was Elvis in Vietnam", Graham said.
"The Senate is eager to work on concrete ways to keep this momentum going and provide a lasting tribute to this American hero, long after this week's observances are complete", the Kentucky Republican said on the floor. "Because when you found yourself on the other side of that table, as I think all of us learned, you were in for a different kind of unforgettable experience", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in opening remarks.
By the time Graham was reading, and riffing, from a white legal pad with handwritten notes, he was in tears.
After her response was Tweeted out, Ward deleted the post and replaced it with one claiming the media was concocting a story.
Speeches by Graham and other senators were effectively the first public farewells of the procession. "We owe him nothing less than the respect that he earned", the GOP senator said.