Former Republican Sen. Kyl to replace McCain; wins bipartisan praise


Those are the signals coming out of Phoenix, where Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday announced former Sen.

Meghan McCain discussed the many faces of the senator during her speech, saying at one point that the most important role he played was as a father.

If Kyl does leave the Senate after the end of the current congressional term next January 3, Arizona's governor can appoint another senator for the remaining year.

"Jon Kyl will be an extraordinary Senator representing an extraordinary state, Arizona", Trump tweeted.

Ducey signaled Kyl could be sworn into the Senate in the coming days and pushed back against allegations that the appointment was a politically-motivated move based exclusively on the supreme court nomination.

Kyl has agreed to serve at least through the end of the year, a representative for Ducey said.

Mr. Kyl has only committed to serving through the end of this year, though Mr. Ducey said he hopes that time is expanded to 2020, when the seat is next up for election to fill out the rest of McCain's term, and then again in 2022, for a full regular term.

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Of those who spoke at Friday's ceremony, fellow Republican Mitch McConnell had perhaps the fullest sense of the McCain experience. McCain's body arrived in Washington Thursday after two days of memorials in his adopted home state of Arizona.

"I'm willing to serve certainly through the end of this session at least to make sure that the business that is now ongoing is taken care of", Kyl said.

McCain died on August 25 at 81 years old - just one day after announcing he would no longer seek treatment for an aggressive brain tumor.

Notably, Trump and McCain publicly did not see eye to eye on numerous issues throughout the last two years.

"Jon Kyl has a record he's worked across the aisle and he has been lauded by both sides of the aisle", Ducey said. What's more, to the outrage of McCain supporters, Trump started tweeting about a dispute with Canada about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) during the Arizona senator's memorial. The Senator gave the land next to his classmate and friend, Admiral Chuck Larson, the former commander of the Pacific command of the United States who died in 2014. "I'm picking him because he's the best possible person". Before his retirement, Kyl served as the Senate Minority Whip, the second-highest position in the Republican Senate leadership.

"I look forward to welcoming Jon Kyl back to the Senate", he said.

Quite a few put their own twist on the president's July 2015 words about the senator's time as a POW in Hanoi during the Vietnam War, "I like people who weren't captured."

"Chuck came home one day and he said, 'I picked out my grave, ' and I went, 'Oh, OK, '" she said.