Arizona governor names former Sen. Jon Kyl as McCain’s replacement

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The US Senate seat left vacant by John McCain's death will be filled by Jon Kyl, a former Republican senator from Arizona, it was announced on Tuesday.

Kyl, incidentally, is leading the process through the Senate for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. ". There is no replacing John McCain, but the law requires me to do it".

Ducey's choice will serve until a special election in 2020.

"I'm willing to serve certainly through the end of this session, at least to make sure the business that is now ongoing is taken care of, but I don't want to make a commitment beyond that", Mr. Kyl said. "He was a great man", she said during the first eulogy.

Kyl, a Republican who retired from the Senate in 2013, said at the time, "I never anticipated I would be in public service for 26 years".

Senator McCain and President Trump had battled on the Senate floor on and off since the former Apprentice star and real estate mogul took office in 2017. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., leave the chamber as the Senate rushes to negotiate a legislative path to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax increases and deep spending cuts that could kick in January 1., at the Capitol in Washington. Sen.

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Graham and Lieberman were two of McCain's top allies in the Senate and his close friends - they were often called the "three amigos" - and their praise for his daughter came after she posted a photo of herself with them online reflecting that bond, calling the two senators her "uncles forever".

Thousands of Arizonans on Wednesday flocked to the state Capitol Building in Phoenix, where the Republican senator laid in state.

"The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great", she said. "I think he's his own worst enemy", Kyl told an Arizona radio station earlier this year.

After the announcement, Cindy McCain - the widow of the late Arizona senator - applauded Kyl's appointment. McCain died August 25 at the age of 81.

McCain's experiences in Vietnam would greatly alter the person he became upon his return, and his career in politics reflected that change.

Picking Mr. Kyl solves a potential political problem for Mr. Ducey, who also is up for re-election in November. His work was primarily focused on tax issues affecting the company, but Kyl's firm, Covington & Burling, also lobbied the House and Senate to drum up support for the B-21 bomber, a stealth aircraft Northrop Grumman is building for the Air Force.

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