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Cindy McCain, whose name had been floated as a possible successor to her husband, tweeted the news shortly before the governor's press conference, calling Kyl "a dear friend of mine and John's". Later, her voice breaking, she said, "The America of John McCain does not need to be made great again, because it is already great".

Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint former Sen. "Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and college of so many years". That is the America that John McCain served and sacrificed for and that he believed was endangered by the racially tinged divisiveness and reflexive dishonesty of Donald Trump. "He understands how the Senate functions and will make an immediate and positive impact benefiting all Arizonans".

Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John's.

"I look forward to welcoming Jon Kyl back to the Senate", he said. "I will miss him", Senator Jeff Flake, who represented Arizona alongside Mr McCain in Congress, wrote on Twitter.

Kyl, 76, served with McCain in the Senate and rose to the position of Republican whip, the second-highest leadership post in his party's Senate leadership before retiring in 2013. He's been a lawyer in Washington since his retirement, and in recent months has been shepherding Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh through his nomination to the Supreme Court.

"He was just a tremendous man with a great heart and the (funeral) service was very fitting for the service that he provided for his nation", said Sajjan.

However, on Tuesday Ducey said that he hasn't been able to get Kyl's commitment to serve beyond the congressional session that ends this year, though he hopes Kyl will reconsider. The victor there will serve the remainder of McCain's term, until the 2022 election.

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At the time, Kyl said, "There comes a time when you have to consider other things".

There are advantages to appointing Kyl. "What an excellent choice!" he said.

As three F-18 jets from the Navy's Blue Angels show squadron streaked overhead, a fourth plane broke formation and arced skyward, marking the conclusion of an extraordinary five-day show of mourning for one of the United States' most admired politicians.

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McCain, who served 32 years in the U.S. Senate, was laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery after the 2 p.m. service at the chapel in Annapolis, Md., according to McCain's website.

"I don't like his style".