Corrected: Former Vice President Biden to lead memorial tribute to McCain

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On those trips, they would talk about family, politics and global relations. "After times when life can be so cruel, pain so blinding".

Joe Biden walked up to the microphone on the altar in the church at his friend John McCain's funeral and sounded like a man with something to confess. But despite their political differences, the former vice president said he views McCain as a brother.

"I get up every day and read the news, and then I see what John McCain has to say", Fine told Reuters.

Biden, though, said that politics wasn't what was most important to McCain, but rather the underlying values. John McCain got his final sendoff from Arizona on Thursday with a funeral that honored both his enduring commitment to bipartisanship and the state that "enchanted and claimed" him. He ran for president, I run out of bounds.

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

"Whilst some might find our friendship out of the ordinary, it was a flawless example of what made him an iconic figure of American politics and service to fellow man".

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Larry Fitzgerald, a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals NFL team, described his perhaps unlikely friendship with McCain. He didn't judge individuals based on the color of their skin, their gender, their backgrounds, their political affiliations or their bank accounts.

The six-term Senator and two-time Republican candidate for president died on Saturday at his ranch near Sedona, Arizona after a yearlong battle with an aggressive form brain cancer.

Mr McCain's body will spend Friday lying in Washington the US Capital building.

Several firefighters are standing on top of a firetruck on an overpass above a Phoenix freeway saluting a motorcade with a hearse carrying Sen.

"He was always there to welcome us - just a very special man", Benson said."Maybe we disagreed with what he had to say sometimes, but we always came out of his office feeling good".

"Senator McCain, it has been a true honor to call you friend".

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The family service and the burial will be private and closed to the public and press. Lindsey Graham. While in the chamber, Cindy McCain sat in her husband's chair.

Cindy McCain, the senator's children and family waited outside of the capitol plaza as members of the Arizona National Guard carried Senator John McCain's casket out.

About 1,000 seats for Thursday's church service were made available to members of the public who signed up.

Michael Fellars was among those awaiting the motorcade outside the church Thursday. The Marines veteran said he was also the fourth person in line Wednesday to attend the public viewing at the Capitol.

"I said yes, of course, and that it would be the most heartbreaking honor that anyone could think of", Kara-Murza said.

Their friendship began decades ago in the 1970s when McCain served as a liaison between the Navy and the Senate "and accompanied then-Senator Biden on overseas trips", according to a statement about their relationship ahead of the memorial. "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", said Biden, who heads initiatives into cancer research. The school choir from Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix - where McCain's sons Jack and Jimmy attended - performed a rendition of "Amazing Grace" early in the memorial.

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Mr McCain's longtime chief of staff, Grant Woods spoke about the senator's "terribly bad driving" and his sense of humour - which drew a chuckle.

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