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Jon Kyl to the Senate on Tuesday, tapping a major conservative figure to replace the late Sen.

"As I contemplated who could best serve our state in US Senate, I kept coming back to one person", Ducey said. "I am deeply grateful to senator Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and colleague of so many years". "I think it was to his benefit she [did] so. I will miss him", Senator Jeff Flake, who represented Arizona alongside Mr McCain in Congress, wrote on Twitter.

Ducey says Kyl has committed to serve through the end of this year and the governor hopes he will serve longer. "He is a man without comparable peer", Ducey said.

Kyl said today at the news conference with Ducey that he doesn't have a relationship with Trump. That is the America that John McCain served and sacrificed for and that he believed was endangered by the racially tinged divisiveness and reflexive dishonesty of Donald Trump. John McCain, R-Ariz., the Arizona Republic reports. 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.

McCain's widow, Cindy, often floated as a possible replacement, tweeted her support for Kyl Tuesday.

"So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty, trafficking in bombast and insult and phony controversies and manufactured outrage", Obama said.

As his daughter, Meghan proclaimed when eulogizing her father, "The America of John McCain is generous and welcoming and bold".

McCain died late last month at age 81 following a yearlong battle with brain cancer. A flyover of military aircraft in "missing man" formation honored the Navy pilot who was shot down over Vietnam and held more than five years as a prisoner of war.

Joseph Lieberman, a former U.S. senator and close friend, said on CNN: "I say goodbye and my heart will be heavy". He said he agreed to serve briefly out of a "sense of duty" and will not run for the seat in 2020, when Arizona voters will decide who fills the seat through 2022.

Kyl will fill the Arizona Senate seat until the next general election in 2020. He works for the Washington, D.C., law and lobbying firm Covington and Burling, LLP. "Sen. Kyl is a beacon of integrity".

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