Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl to replace John McCain

John Mc Cain, with his wife Cindy Mc Cain at the wedding of their daughter Meghan Mc Cain

John Mc Cain, with his wife Cindy Mc Cain at the wedding of their daughter Meghan Mc Cain

John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden on how Dems should handle Kavanaugh hearing: "Stay in the room, demand answers" Trump biographer certain president is upset by attention for McCain Trump met with protests during trips to Va. golf club amid McCain services MORE (R-Ariz.) in the Senate, saying Kyl will be "an extraordinary Senator".

Kyl added: "I have committed to serving at least through the second session of the 115th Congress".

Kyl, 76, served three terms in the Senate, rising to become the No. 2 Republican before retiring in 2013.

Kyl, 76, served alongside McCain in the Senate for almost two decades and rose to the No. 2 position of Senate Republican whip. Due to the timing of the vacancy, there will be a special election in 2020 and a general election in 2022, when the seat reaches its normal cycle.

Ducey said Kyl was "an expert on the matters facing Arizona", including water, land use and issues involving Native Americans. By state law the senator will have to be a member of the same party as the departing one, in this case the GOP. "I think he's his own worst enemy", Kyl said of Trump, adding that he "could be much more effective if he were more politic, more diplomatic".

For now, Kyl will pad Republicans' margin in the narrowly divided Senate.

McCain, who died of brain cancer at age 81 on August 25, would have been up for re-election to his seventh term in November 2022.




The appointment means Trump could have a reliable vote for the rest of the year.

"Jon Kyl will be an extraordinary Senator representing an extraordinary state, Arizona", Trump tweeted. But Ducey said at the news conference it's not clear whether Kyl will remain in the Senate through 2020. "It's a great tribute to John that he is prepared to go back into public service to help the state of Arizona", she wrote.

Doug Cole, a veteran Republican consultant and former McCain aide, said Kyl was a safe pick.

With a nod toward McCain, Kyl said the president's "desire to jump into the middle of or be in the middle of a fight - and by the way that reminds me of somebody - can be detrimental in the end to what he's trying to achieve". Barry Goldwater after he had served in the House of Representatives.

Kyl won also won praise from an opposition Democrat, responding to a reporter's question about the choice. His work was primarily focused on tax issues affecting the company, but Kyl's firm, Covington & Burling, also lobbied the House and Senate to drum up support for the B-21 bomber, a stealth aircraft Northrop Grumman is building for the Air Force.

The appointment brings a more conservative bent to the Senate given Kyle's voting record and how it veers from that of McCain, a maverick who sometimes collaborated with Democrats on major legislation.

The race pits Republican Rep. Martha McSally against Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

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