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John McCain's Casket

The Saturday gathering comes after thousands of people paid respects to McCain on Friday at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda as the Arizona senator lay in state.

Obama and Bush, a Democrat and a Republican, were joined by a who's who of US political leaders, Vietnam-era officials and dignitaries paying tribute to the statesman and former prisoner of war, who died August 25 of brain cancer, days shy of his 82nd birthday.

The remarks from former Democratic and Republican presidents who were once rivals to McCain will send an unmistakable message of unity and bipartisanship at a time when Washington is deeply divided.

"It's when I first got out of college, and we all had so much idealism about how government should work", Skemp said.

McCain's remains were flown Thursday to Washington from Arizona, the southwestern US state he represented in Congress since he was first elected in 1982.

She was taking one of the Senate subway trains that run between the Capitol and the buildings where lawmakers have their offices, and McCain sat down next to her, striking up a conversation.

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Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat who shared a presidential ticket with a man who beat McCain, remembered his former Senate colleague Thursday as one of the fiercest defenders of the Senate. Only a handful of Americans have lain in state or honor at the U.S. Capitol since the rotunda was completed in 1824.

Meghan McCain has rebuked Trump, who has a long history of mocking her father.

Fitzgerald and McCain struck up a friendship after meeting in 2006, which marked Fitzgerald's third season with the Cardinals, and the relationship between the two men blossomed over the past decade despite a 47-year age difference. In the afternoon, the American public has the chance to pay their respects.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks during a ceremony for Sen.

Neither Biden nor other speakers uttered President Donald Trump's name, but Biden made what some saw as a veiled reference to the president when he talked about McCain's character and how he parted company with those who "lacked the basic values of decency and respect, knowing this project is bigger than yourself".

"For 35 years, John served in these very halls under this very dome".

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Friends, family and former presidents will gather at Washington National Cathedral on Saturday to honor the life of the late Sen.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, a close friend of McCain and a fellow Vietnam veteran, saluted McCain's casket and solemnly rapped on it with his knuckles.

Bridget McCain was adopted by Cindy and John McCain back in 1991.

Mr McCain specifically instructed that Mr Trump not be invited to his funeral.

Four of these nominees are now past 90, and two more, including McCain, are past 80; seven passed the 70 mark in recent years, and just one, Barack Obama, is under 65.

On Saturday, McCain will be carried by Armed Forces Body Bearers from the U.S. Capitol and moved by motorcade to Washington National Cathedral.

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Following the service, McCain will lie in state for the remainder of the day and the public will be invited to view his casket. Mr Trump has refused to publish a letter drafted by White House staff on the death of Mr McCain .

Senator McCain helped plan the events around his funeral. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were among those in attendance, along with members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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