Meghan McCain breaks down in tears when she sees her dad's coffin

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A hearse bearing McCain's body arrived at the Phoenix statehouse with a police motorcycle escort for a brief ceremony honoring the Arizona senator, who died of brain cancer on August 25 at age 81.

Sen. Jeff Flake offered the benediction, expressing gratitude "for his life and for his sacrifice" and "that John made Arizona his home".

Other military members in uniform congregated on the Capitol plaza. "It's actually a classic kind of thing that's unique to Senator McCain".

In a bitterly fractured Washington, Mr McCain stood up against extremism and worked across party lines to build consensus in a Senate split 51-49 for Republicans.

"He fought like hell for the causes he believed in", Ducey said. "But I would not begin to compare myself to John McCain, I really wouldn't".

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"He believed in something", said Hubbard, who had voted for McCain.

McCain's wife, Cindy, widely seen as a possible candidate for appointment to succeed her husband, led a procession of relatives and dignitaries past his casket. The bad blood between the two persisted after McCain's death, with his family asking Trump not to attend the funeral and the White House fumbling the formal response to the death of a prominent senator. Several longtime McCain staffers were also removed from the list.

Meghan McCain leaned her body into the casket and openly wept.

The ceremony marked the first of five days of events honoring McCain.

Following a memorial ceremony at the North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday, McCain's remains are to be flown on a military aircraft to Washington.

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A private funeral will be held at the Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Md., followed by a private burial at the Naval Academy Cemetery, on Sunday.

Outside the Arizona Capitol after Wednesday's ceremony, more than 100 people had already lined up in the heat, though it would be hours before the doors would open to the public.

The memorial service will include multiple tributes, readings and musical performances, including a tribute from former Vice President Joe Biden.

"He was an honorable man, and there aren't a lot of those", said Elaine Lewis, who flew in from San Diego for the memorial service and had been in line since 8:15 a.m.

"Indeed, a Democratic senator just spoke to me on the floor and was very kind and said, 'You know we're all looking to you now, '" she said.

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"I want to pay my respects because he deserves it", said Linda Gordon, 58. But she believes he "saved millions of lives" when he voted a year ago against repealing the Affordable Care Act. As her daughter pushed her wheelchair slowly toward the capitol doors, Campbell had little to say about the Arizona Republican's politics. Ken flips the sound back on just in time for us to hear the grating music behind duo's self-proclaimed call word: mavericks.

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