Jon Kyl filling John McCain's Senate seat draws reactions from lawmakers

04 September, 2018, 23:27 | Author: Austin Daniel
  • John McCain to be buried next to his best friend where his decades of public service began

Jon Kyl to fill the Senate vacancy left by John McCain's August 25 death, the Arizona Republic reported, an appointment that will give Republicans a critical vote they had been missing since McCain returned to Arizona in December for treatment.

Jon Kyl is a dear friend of mine and John's.

The appointment of Kyl will run through 2020, at which time a special election will determine who will fill the remainder of McCain's term, which ends in 2022. As a three-term former Senator, he will be able to hit the ground running.

Ducey says Kyl has committed to serve through the end of this year and the governor hopes he will serve longer.

Former CIA chief John Brennan said in an interview Friday evening (just prior to Senator McCain's passing) that though Senator McCain and he often disagreed vehemently about foreign policy matters, Brennan never had any doubt about McCain's patriotism and commitment to the values that have made America great.

"Now, Senator Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation", Ducey said.

Sen. John McCain was laid to rest at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on Sunday, a day after a ceremony in Washington, DC, where thousands of prominent figures in business, politics, the media, and the military came to pay their respects. "I will miss him", Senator Jeff Flake tweeted Sunday along with a photo of him and McCain, in which the former pilot wore a Navy hat. Jon Kyl as McCain's replacement in the US Senate.

Cindy McCain, the senator's widow, tweeted congratulations to Kyl, a longtime friend of McCain's.

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"The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great", said McCain, a talk-show host, to applause from those assembled.

At the time, Kyl said, "There comes a time when you have to consider other things".

However, there are still some in Washington who apparently don't think much of McCain and his personal qualities, chief among them is President Donald Trump.

The 76-year-old was on the Senate Judiciary Committee for the confirmation proceedings of four Supreme Court justices - John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

As ET previously reported, John died at the age of 81 at his home in Arizona, surrounded by his family.

Filling McCain's seat marks a turning point in Arizona political history.

"So we went out there and there was nothing left", Jacob said. "He can work across party lines and get results".

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