Joe Biden: 'I'm a Democrat and I love John McCain'

John McCain

"John McCain, through forgiveness, accomplished what we were unable to do with all our weapons of war", CBS News' Bob Schieffer said.

Sen. John McCain is lying in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, where only 30 Americans have had the same honor. The Marine veteran said he was also the fourth person in line to attend the viewing at the state Capitol for McCain, a Navy pilot held prisoner by the North Vietnamese for 5½ years after being shot down over Hanoi.

"When John McCain called on us to serve a objective greater than one's own self-interest, it wasn't a talking point created to win the next election".

Biden's remarks were similar to a spirited McCain speech on the Senate floor last summer, in which the Arizona Republican begged his colleagues to restore to the chamber a spirit of compromise that had helped forge national greatness.

"He had America's fighting spirit, our noble idealism, our solemn patriotism and our slightly irreverent streak all rolled into one".

"Jackie Robinson once said, 'A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.' Senator McCain, we will miss the blessing of being in your presence, but we will never forget the impact you had on the world and - more importantly - on each of the lives that you touched. John McCain", Pence said. John McCain's casket has arrived at a Phoenix church for a memorial service. John McCain, who passed away Saturday at 81.

The McCain farewell began Wednesday and Thursday in Arizona, where he and Cindy McCain raised their family.

McCain clashed openly with President Donald Trump, who mocked McCain for getting captured during the Vietnam War.

"He held fast to his faith in America through six decades of service. It's unforgiving. And it takes so much from those we love and from the families who love them that in order to survive, we have to remember how they lived, not how they died", Biden said of the cancer. He praised McCain's "iron will" and determination to work on behalf of the greater good of the country.

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In a show of bipartisanship sought by McCain, who was deeply involved in the memorial planning, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer participated in the presentation of the official Senate wreath.

A weekend of tributes honoring the late senator John McCain are underway in the Nation's capital.

For approximately seven minutes, Fitzgerald recalled McCain's accomplishments in life and devotion to his family, the state of Arizona and service to the people of the U.S. And McCain, whose casket exited the church to Frank Sinatra's My Way, got the last word. "After times when life can be so cruel, pain so blinding".

Trump on Friday was expected to leave Washington in the early afternoon to head to North Carolina for an event on retirement security about the same time the public will start filing past McCain's casket.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, told reporters of McCain "We need people with his values here".

John McCain's mother, now 106, was told at age 93 that she was too old to rent a auto while traveling in France - so she went out and bought a Peugeot instead, according to The Associated Press. McCain's widow pressed her face against her husband's coffin, and daughter Meghan McCain erupted in sobs. After a brief conversation, Graham took two white roses out of a vase that had been sitting on McCain's desk all week and gave them to Cindy McCain.

McCain sons Doug, Jack and Jimmy, daughter Sidney and daughter-in-law Renee shook hands with some of the thousands of people who filed past the senator's flag-draped casket to pay their final respects.

In recent days, McCain has been eulogized and remembered by Republicans and Democrats alike.

Former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a eulogy for his longtime friend Sen. Your love set an example for all of us to follow. "I always thought of John as a brother", Biden said.

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