Memorial tributes to John McCain

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As of Friday afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly in Vermont.

Nearly a quarter of McCain's fellow senators, Democrats and Republicans, traveled to Arizona to remember him during a carefully executed program that began at the Arizona State Capitol, continued to the Baptist church where he worshiped and ended at the Phoenix airport, where hundreds of Arizona National Guardsmen gave him one final salute.

In a written statement, Sen. "And I love John McCain", Biden said of his longtime Senate colleague. I am glad that they are able to now visit the most lovely state in the country, & I hope they enjoy their time in VT.

The six-term Republican senator from Arizona, who passed away last weekend after a battle with brain cancer, lied in state under the U.S. Capitol Rotunda - only the 31st person to ever receive that incredible honor - for a ceremony and public visitation Friday as lawmakers paid their respects.

Ending his speech in the same softer tone that he began in, Biden said that McCain's death has hit people so hard because they knew he believed so deeply and so forcefully in the soul of America.

He says McCain embodied basic values including fairness, honesty and respect.

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Biden, 75, credited McCain with reflecting core values, sometimes frayed in the growing rancor of the nation's politics, that everyday Americans wanted to believe about themselves. "You could disagree on substance", Biden said. "I'm young. He wasn't so young". He ran for president. "He was the epitome of toughness, and I do everything I can to avoid contact".

Biden led heartfelt tributes to the warrior and onetime Republican presidential nominee at a Phoenix memorial shortly before McCain's remains were to be flown to Washington. It was the "McCain code" that defined him.

"Generations of Americans will continue to marvel at the man who lies before us". But despite their political differences, the former vice president said he views McCain as a brother. John McCain as a brother, with 'a lot of family fights'.

Meghan McCain's animosity against Donald Trump stems from his "history" of mocking her father, particularly when he voted against the replacement of former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and when Trump said that the late senator can't be called a war hero "because he was captured".

Hundreds of Arizonans were seen lining the streets to pay final respects as McCain's flag-draped coffin was then driven in a black hearse, escorted by four policemen on motorcycles, towards the airport for transport to Washington aboard a USA military plane.