"There is no one in Arizona with the stature of Senator Jon Kyl. There is no reason other than the fact that I think it's time". The onus fell on the governor to appoint someone to serve until 2020 - when an election will determine who serves the remainder of McCain's term through 2022 - because the deadline had passed to call a special election this year. Obama had defeated McCain in the 2008 US Presidential election and earlier the Arizona Senator lost the Republican nomination to George Bush in mid-2000.
"Jon Kyl has a record he's worked across the aisle and he has been lauded by both sides of the aisle", Ducey said.
Doug Ducey, a Republican, is set to name Kyl at a 10 a.m. PDT news conference at the Arizona Capitol.
Once Kyl is sworn in, Republicans will return to the 51 seats they held in the 100-member Senate before McCain's death.
John McCain was a legitimate war hero whose story as a prisoner of war in No. Vietnam is well-known by anyone reading this column.
Former Sen. Jon Kyl has been shepherding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh through the Senate.
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The two Republicans were the first and second members of Congress to endorse candidate Donald Trump in 2016. He charged that Mr Mueller's probe was "highly conflicted" and that "real corruption goes untouched".
"There is no one more qualified and Arizona is well served", he said.
"We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness - the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly", McCain said. "Kudos to Senator Kyl for his willingness to serve once again". Notably, Trump and McCain publicly did not see eye to eye on numerous issues throughout the last two years.
If that scenario really happens, one can probably expect even more volatility and confrontation not only in U.S. politics, but also in global diplomacy in the coming days as well.
Kyl said that he "will do my best to ensure that Arizonans continue to be well-represented in the Senate".
Joseph Lieberman, a former U.S. senator and close friend, said on CNN: "I say goodbye and my heart will be heavy". He also works for the lobbying group at the law firm Covington & Burling. By picking a "caretaker" replacement - i.e., someone who would not seek reelection in 2020 - Ducey could avoid alienating either contingent, and allow Republican primary voters a chance to choose the seat's long-term occupant. "Sen. Kyl is a beacon of integrity".