Meghan McCain contrasts father's legacy with Trump's 'cheap rhetoric'

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Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush were among those paying tribute during the 2 1/2-hour funeral service, offering touching - and sometimes humorous - personal anecdotes about their time spent with McCain. His family did not invite Trump to Saturday's service at the Washington National Cathedral, but key members of his administration were in attendance, including daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner. The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly.

It marked the last public event before the former Arizona senator will be laid to rest at a private family funeral Sunday at his alma mater, the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. "And to me, he was a friend whom I'll deeply miss".

McCain died on August 25 at his home in Sedona, Arizona, following a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. He was wearing a white short-sleeved shirt and white Make America Great Again hat.

"His own attitude, the way he faced death with characteristic fearlessness and perspective, really comforted me", Lieberman said. "Like the hero of his favorite book, John McCain took the opposite view", she said.

Members of the military slowly carried the coffin into the cathedral, past friends and loved ones who have counted among the top power players in USA politics for decades.

In his dying weeks and months, McCain presided over numerous preparations for his remembrance, including an abundance of symbolic touchstones from his life and career, and the instruction that the current president not be included.

The pallbearers chosen reflected the senator's diverse friendships, including Biden, his Democratic Senate colleague and Obama's vice president; Russian dissident Victor Kara-Murza, and actor-filmmaker Warren Beatty.

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As a longtime political reporter, I had the chance to interview McCain at Yale during his presidential campaign and at appearances for U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons in Clinton and U.S. Rep. Chris Shays in Westport, among others.

John McCain was an American hero whose presence in Washington was needed more than ever. John McCain, R-Ariz., including from left, Andrew McCain, Doug McCain, second from left, Meghan McCain, from front row left, Bridget McCain, Cindy McCain, Jimmy McCain and Jack McCain, watch as the casket is carried down the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in Washington, for a departure to the Washington National Cathedral for a memorial service.

"I think that when people spoke up, and they spoke out, they were saying that 'you told us President Trump that during the campaign you would be presidential".

Stevie Wonder was just one of several speakers in Detroit who, directly or indirectly, took verbal shots at Trump.

"John loved the Senate", Graham said.

McCain was an officer in the United States Navy who was captured in Vietnam as a prisoner of war, and tortured in a prisoner of war camp. Larson died in 2014, and McCain wrote in a recent memoir that he wanted to be buried next to his friend, "near where it began".

Meghan McCain maintained a clear voice through her tears as she praised her father's devotion to his country and family.

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