Longtime US Senator and war hero John McCain lies in state

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It's worth noting that after about 17 years, over $1 trillion spent, some 2,350 USA troops killed, more than 20,000 wounded, and the untold cost of related medical care and disability pensions, perhaps it was staying in Afghanistan that blew up in our face.

At the close of the private ceremony, members of the McCain family approached the senator's coffin to deliver an emotional goodbye. Wednesday would have been his 82nd birthday.

The rest of his children then filed past the casket and touched it Wednesday, including his sons in uniform and daughter Meghan McCain who was weeping.

Cindy McCain laid her head on her husband's casket as the family along with McCain's friends and his fellow Arizona dignitaries said their goodbyes to the senator's flag-draped casket.

Arizona Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald is scheduled to speak at the service and former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Luis Gonzalez will serve as a pallbearer. The primary came just days after the death on Saturday of Arizona's longtime senator John McCain.

In a statement, Arizona Democratic party chairwoman Felecia Rotellini said McSally will "say and do whatever she thinks will get her ahead" and accused her of embracing a "destructive GOP agenda that aims to slash healthcare access, Medicare and social security, education funding, and privacy rights for Arizonans".

Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl said he has been with McCain all around the world and he had better instincts on when to assert US power than anyone else he knew.

Ducey, a Republican, has said he will wait until after McCain's burial to name a successor. How do you accurately be able to give somebody their due justice who served the United States for 60-plus years, I mean dedicated his entire life?

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Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who served with McCain for 31 years, says he's in favor of "naming nearly any building" for McCain, but adds, "I'm not sure that I would make a decision on a specific building at this point".

"I want to pay my respects because he deserves it", said Linda Gordon, 58, who was the first of about a dozen people who joined the line early on Wednesday for the public viewing.

The White House initially lowered its US flag to half-staff on Saturday, raised it back up, and on Monday lowered it again in an unusual break with protocol. McCain's former campaign manager Rick Davis read the letter.

On Thursday, the senator will be moved by motorcade to North Phoenix Baptist Church for a memorial service celebrating his life and legacy.

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

Gov. Doug Ducey greeted the McCain family as the Arizona National Guard Military Funeral Honors Team carried Sen.

Another viewing will be held at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, with a final memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral.

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