Despite the McCain-Trump rift in the GOP, the senator's memorial service is expected to be the kind of bipartisan moment that's become rare in the last 18 months - and the president is likely to be left out. Vice President Mike Pence is likely to attend, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private discussions.
McCain was someone who was well-studied and astute to current issues facing the country, Huckabee added.
The senator's wife, Cindy McCain, was viewed as a possibility, as was former Sen.
John McCain is making his final journey. Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said McCain's support for the Jewish state "never wavered". Trump's tweet was fairly generic. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" However, her opponent Kelli Ward, who frequently criticized McCain for not stepping down after his diagnosis, mused in a Facebook post that his announcement about discontinuing treatment was timed to distract from the kickoff of her statewide bus tour. "He denies everything, but Melania isn't stupid, and she has a good grasp on what's reality and what's actual fake news".
McCain was the most prominent critic of Trump within his own party and the pair frequently battled in public.
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Former presidents and his colleagues who served with McCain in the House and the Senate posted tributes on social media Saturday. Jeff Flake , lamented on CNN how hard it would be to go on without McCain. "It sprang from his belief in democracy and freedom".
With the news that Arizona Senator John McCain has passed away due to complications from brain cancer, the speculation over who will succeed him in the position he has held since 1987 has begun in earnest.
Shortly after he was diagnosed with brain cancer previous year, Ward urged him to step down - and expressed interest in the possibility of her taking over his Senate seat.
Flake served with McCain in the Senate for nearly half a decade.
And Trump's re-election campaign also released a statement offering condolences and urging Americans to remember McCain and his family - words that did not explicitly praise the senator. Speaking at the International Republican Institute in May 2017, McCain said, "I think we have seen this movie before".
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Their friendship endured and Kerry revealed McCain always believed that one day America would come together as well. The Arizona senator and former Massachusetts Sen. In the middle of it all, Mo would point to me and say, "I'd like to hear John's views".
"I never met him personally, but from afar respected the man for what he stood for and who he was", Edwards said.
A special election this year would force Republicans to defend two Senate seats this cycle in a state Donald Trump won by just four percentage points in the 2016 presidential election.
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Several sources suggest McCain's widow, Cindy, will take up his seat in the Senate, until the November mid-term elections. McCain - born on on August 29, 1936 in the Panama Canal - served in the Navy until 1981 and quickly dove into politics.