Thousands line up to pay tribute to McCain

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Thousands of people lined up for blocks outside the U.S. Capitol to say goodbye to Senator John McCain as officials, relatives and friends paid tribute to the Vietnam hero and longtime senator lying in state under the majestic dome.

House Speaker Paul Ryan called McCain “one of the bravest souls our nation has produced.”

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “We thank God for giving this country John McCain.”

President Donald Trump was absent from the event, at the McCain family’s request after an extended feud between the two.

McCain died Saturday at age 81.