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Cindy McCain pays her respects to George H.W. Bush at Capitol Rotunda


For the second time in less than six months, Cindy McCain stood at a casket in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda to say goodbye.

The widow of Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona paid her respects to former President George H.W. Bush on Tuesday evening in the same room where her husband’s casket was lying in state in late August.

McCain walked to the casket with tears in her eyes. She kissed a hand and touched it to the flag covering the casket.

Bush, 94, died Nov. 30 in Houston. His state funeral was held Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral.

McCain tweeted her sympathies when Bush’s death was announced, describing the 41st president as a “friend to the entire McCain family.”

McCain was last in the nation’s capital at the end of August, when her husband’s casket lay in state at the Capitol Rotunda. The next day a memorial service was held at the National Cathedral.

The senator died Aug. 25. Four days of public memorial services for him began Aug. 29 in Phoenix. Public viewing was held at the Arizona Capitol, followed by a memorial service the next day at North Phoenix Baptist Church.

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