The afternoon public viewing of his casket marked the start of five days of memorials in Phoenix and Washington for McCain, who died of brain cancer on Saturday at his ranch in Cornville, Arizona.
On Thursday, his body will be flown to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, and on Friday he will lie in state at the US Capitol.
"You think about those 60-plus years and everything he's done from his time served as a POW to all the years in the senate, the things he's done her for the great state of Arizona - and to be able to do that in five or six minutes is extremely hard".
McCain was greeted by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and First Lady Angela Ducey.
"This race is consequential not just for the Democratic party and for the LGBTQ community, but for all Americans who demand an end to the political divisiveness that Martha McSally embodies", said Annise Parker of the LGBTQ Victory Fund.
"I think we need to take a deep breath and do these ceremonies this week in a manner that will respect his legacy and his life", Perdue said.
Marcial was one of hundreds that lined up hours before the public viewing began. She said she liked how McCain didn't act like he was above others, and praised all he did for veterans.
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A McCain family spokesperson said the Capitol doors would remain open as long as there are people in line preparing to honor John McCain.
The memorial service will include multiple tributes, readings and musical performances, including a tribute from former US Vice President Joe Biden.
From there, McCain's body will depart Arizona for the last time from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
On Saturday, a mass of mourners will gather at the National Cathedral in Washington to attend McCain's memorial service. Jon Kyl who both gave heartfelt remarks.
McCain's lifelong friend and former Congressman Jim Kolbe placed a wreath by his side before Sen.
"Despite our differences on policy and politics, I respect Sen". While wife Cindy McCain and sons Jack and Jimmy, dressed in formal military attire, were stoic during the ceremony, Meghan couldn't contain her sobs.
The president stubbornly refused repeated requests from officials as senior as Vice President Mike Pence and John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, to acknowledge Mr. McCain's death with a formal and unifying statement, according to four administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private conversations. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks after he received the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.