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Doug Ducey spoke at Sen. John McCain, a movement that appears to be gaining momentum since the chamber's top Democrat called for the name change in the wake of the Arizona Republican's death Saturday.

Though Cindy McCain herself has been speculated to be a possible replacement, she has reportedly not expressed any desire to serve out her husband's term.

His family has said that the senator, who frequently battled publicly with U.S. President Donald Trump, did not want the president to attend his funeral. John is probably the only politician who could get us to set aside politics and come together as a state and as a nation - as we have."Like many of us here in Arizona, John McCain came from somewhere else".

Grieving family and friends gathered there Wednesday for an emotional private service, where Cindy McCain pressed her face against her husband's coffin and daughter Meghan McCain erupted in audible sobs.

"Given the political world as it is today, why go do this?"

He said he would miss McCain and that his greatest contribution was national security.

The longtime Arizona Senator passed away this weekend after discontinuing treatment for glioblastoma, the same type of brain cancer that claimed the life of Joe Biden's son Beau in May 2015. "Make no mistake, he fought like hell for the causes he believed in".

The scene outside the building was a somber one Wednesday morning as McCain's casket, draped in an American flag, was carried out of a hearse by six members of the Arizona Army National Guard.

While Barry Goldwater was an Arizona native, McCain was "Arizona's favorite adopted son", the governor said on what would have been the 82nd birthday of McCain, who was born in the Panama Canal Zone while his father served in the military. "We can be proud he was OUR Senator", said KyI.

Mr McCain is only the third person to lie in state in the Arizona statehouse rotunda in the past 40 years, according to ceremony organisers.

Sen. Jeff Flake gave a benediction at the ceremony.

That ceremony will include remarks from Gov. Doug Ducey and former U.S. Sen. Former Arizona Diamondbacks slugger Luis Gonzalez and ex-Phoenix Coyotes star Shane Doan will be among McCain's pallbearers.

McCain's casket will be at the center of the memorial service Wednesday, which would have been his 82nd birthday, with chairs set up on all sides and a lectern between the US and Arizonan flags.

"I saw him as a prisoner in a cage", she said of McCain.

Following a Thursday memorial at a Phoenix church, McCain's body will be flown to Washington where he will lie in state on Friday at the U.S. Capitol before a Saturday funeral at the Washington National Cathedral.

Last year, McCain threatened to force an Afghanistan strategy on the Pentagon after the administration delayed issuing its own new policy for months.