John McCain's Funeral Was the Biggest Resistance Meeting Yet

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"Kyl yet. What I have gotten is a commitment to serve Arizona through at least this session of Congress, and it's my hope that he serves longer", Ducey said.

"There is no one in Arizona with the stature of Senator Jon Kyl".

The political stakes are high since Kyl could participate in the vote on whether to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"I want to watch the hawks hunt from the sycamore, and then take my leave bound for a place near my old friend Chuck Larson, in the cemetery on the Severn, back where it began", McCain wrote.

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Appointing McCain's replacement was a tricky task for Ducey, as it required him to balance several competing concerns. Obama had defeated McCain in the 2008 US Presidential election and earlier the Arizona Senator lost the Republican nomination to George Bush in mid-2000.

"This is not the time for newcomers, and it's not the time for on-the-job training", said Ducey, stating that Kyl's experience will serve the state of Arizona. "He is a man without comparable peer", Mr. Ducey said.

That said, Kyl has not ruled out remaining in the seat until 2020. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) will return to Capitol Hill to serve out the remainder of Sen.

McCain's widow, Cindy, was one of the first people to confirm the news on Tuesday.

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Jon Kyl, shortly before he retired from the Senate.

John McCain's final journey ended on a grassy hill at the U.S. Naval Academy within view of the Severn River and earshot of midshipmen present and future, and alongside a lifelong friend. The Arizona GOP is sharply divided between a Trumpist majority, and a more "Flake-y" fringe. "We all know she's devastated by the passing of her father but, boy, she said during her eulogy, those of you who didn't see it, she said John McCain told her [to] show them how tough you are and, my God, she showed everyone how tough she is". McCain had been absent in the eight months since, as he battled cancer at his home in Arizona.

Filling McCain's seat marks a turning point in Arizona political history.

Kyl said that he "will do my best to ensure that Arizonans continue to be well-represented in the Senate". "He always had the opportunity everywhere he travelled to stay true to his values and that service needs to be recognized, because he was a hero to many, not just to the USA but around the world", said Sajjan.

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He reached across party lines multiple times to warn of the dangers of waterboarding.