The main speech in tribute to McCain was to be delivered by Biden, a friend and former six-term Democratic senator from DE who was elected vice president as the running mate of McCain's rival for the White House, Barack Obama, who defeated McCain in the 2008 presidential race. John McCain, social media customers read a lot into the survey on daughter Meghan's face.
Biden said it was more than his respect for this political opponent that made McCain special, Biden said. As noted by Time, Meghan said on a June episode of The View that the president's comments are "never going to be okay" with her and that she couldn't forgive him for making them.
The memorial service at the North Phoenix Baptist Church marks the second of five days of commemorative tributes to McCain, who died on Saturday after a almost yearlong battle with brain cancer.
Biden told McCain's 106-year-old mother, Roberta, who was in attendance, that he understands what it's like to be a parent burying a child, telling her the pain is all-consuming: "It's like being sucked into a black hole inside your chest, and it's frightening".
Speaking in Minneapolis at the American Legion's 100th annual convention Thursday, Pence said McCain served 5½ years as a prison of war in Vietnam and "did not yield". "He made it easier for them to have confidence and faith in America", Biden said.
Pence delivered an executive wreath in front of McCain's casket on behalf of the executive branch.
"We'd talk about family, we'd talk about politics, we'd talk about global relations, we'd talk about promise, the promise of America because we're both cockeyed optimists and really believe that there's not a single thing beyond the capacity of this country", he added. They were both "cock-eyed optimists", Biden said, and he would trust John with his life.
"John is going to take his rightful place in a long line of extraordinary leaders in this nation's history, who in their own way stood for freedom and liberty", Biden said.
McCain, who died on Saturday at 81 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer, will be buried on Sunday at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. We want to be better, and McCain helped us believe that was possible. In the American people. But despite their political differences, the former vice president said he views McCain as a brother.
"John was a hero", Biden said, citing McCain's character, honor, courage, and integrity.
"John McCain's impact on America is not over".
He also said that McCain's legacy would continue to influence leaders of the future. However, Biden said, that is an eternal code.