Biden said he thought of Sen.
Dabbing his eyes as he recalled his friend, Biden said McCain "could not stand the abuse of power wherever he saw it, in whatever form, in whatever country". "At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years". "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.
Cindy McCain walks with her son Jack as the honor guard carries the casket after a memorial service for Sen.
He explained how the two men met in the late 1970s, when Mr McCain was serving as a US Navy liaison officer to the Senate, whilst Mr Biden had already been elected.
"Maybe I'll give you that answer some day later", he told the news outlet.
Richard Russell, a Georgia Democrat who, like McCain, chaired the Armed Services Committee.
It is expected to be a fitting send-off for a political icon and former prisoner of war who came to epitomize respect, passionate debate and conciliation, especially in today's climate of political division. Then a brief ceremony celebrating McCain's life will begin. "Above all we understood the same thing: politics is personal, it's all about trust".
"Jackie Robinson once said, 'A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.' Senator McCain, we will miss the blessing of being in your presence, but we will never forget the impact you had on the world and - more importantly - on each of the lives that you touched".
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But despite their political differences, the former vice president said he views McCain as a brother.
Biden portrayed McCain's life as equal parts metaphor and inspiration.
Speakers at the Thursday service included former Vice President Joe Biden, former Arizona attorney general Grant Woods, Arizona Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and President of the Raza Development Fund Tommy Espinoza.
"I'm going to make sure that the Congress keeps asking the hard questions and try to persuade President Trump, if you leave Afghanistan, it will blow up in your face, that hoping Syria gets better without a strategy won't work, and do it in a Lindsey way", he said.
Trump hit back, saying of McCain's 5-1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam: "He was a war hero because he was captured".
"I grew up where a handshake was a contract and your word was your bond", Riordan said. These leaders gather to find real solutions, and they gathered because Senator John McCain asked them to be there.