Well-wishers had been waiting in line, some for hours, to get in for the public viewing Wednesday.
He arrives back in Washington on Friday to lie in state under the Rotunda for public viewing and a formal ceremony. In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, conducted mostly after his death on Saturday, and entirely after the announcement that he was discontinuing his medical intervention for an aggressive form of brain cancer, finds that by more than three to one, Americans view the Senator as a "hero".
Cindy McCain pressed her face against the flag-draped casket of her husband, U.S. Sen. John McCain, the first of two days of services before he leaves the state he has represented since the 1980s for the final time.
Few returning Republicans have displayed much appetite for taking on McCain's role as a legislator willing to openly challenge the scandal-plagued president.
Doug Ducey remembered McCain as a "fighter".
On Saturday, August 25, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) passed away.
The ceremony will include remarks from Ducey and former U.S. Sen. "John is my dearest friend in the world and I'm going to try and help President Trump". Jeff Flake, former Sen.
"I want to pay my respects because he deserves it", said Linda Gordon, 58.
An Arizona National Guard team carried the coffin into the Capitol rotunda, followed by family members, the governor and other politicians and guests.
The renaming proposal would not need approval from the House or from President Donald Trump, a longtime McCain nemesis.
"He gave a lifetime of public service", Schaefer said. McCain did say in the book "The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and other Appreciations", that he regretted choosing her as his running mate, but Palin always maintained they remained on good terms. "So unless somebody presents a case that I'm not aware of, I will resist that".
Kassandra Morales, 44, stood in line with her sons, 8 and 2.
David Axelrod, a senior adviser to Obama in his campaigns and in the White House, said the clear message McCain is sending is "about our shared heritage, our shared trust of this democracy that transcends party and transcends tribe".
When I answered the phone, a somewhat familiar but somber voice said: "Judge Napolitano, your reward for what you did today will not come from your colleagues or viewers or even on earth but in heaven". "I brought my children here to show them what a real hero was".
Veteran Judith Hatch handed out flags to those assembled, saying Arizona lost a champion for the military. McCain, a former US Navy pilot who endured 5-1/2 years as a prisoner of war after his aircraft was shot down over Hanoi during the Vietnam War, went from military service into a decades-long political career.
For some Arizona residents, McCain has been a political fixture their entire lives.
He was taken aback by the request, aides say, as was George W. Bush, another former rival, who received a similar call from McCain this spring.