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Palin not invited to McCain's funeral: report

The Hill logo The Hill 8/29/2018 Michael Burke
John McCain, Sarah Palin are posing for a picture: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin © Provided by The Hill Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has reportedly not been invited to attend funeral services for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), her one-time runningmate.

NBC News reported Wednesday that Palin had not been invited. A source within the Palin family told NBC News that "out of respect to Senator McCain and his family we have nothing to add at this point."

"The Palin family will always cherish their friendship with the McCains and hold those memories dear," the source added, according to NBC.

Palin ran as McCain's vice presidential nominee during his 2008 bid for the White House. McCain ultimately lost to then Democratic president-elect Barack Obama.

A private ceremony for McCain was held Wednesday inside the Arizona State Capitol rotunda. He will lie in state in Arizona for two days before being transported to the U.S. Capitol to lie in state there on Friday. McCain will have a funeral service in his home state on Thursday, where former Vice President Biden will speak.

On Saturday, former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will eulogize McCain during a service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

McCain will be buried in private at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., on Sunday.

McCain died on Saturday at age 81 following after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Following McCain's death, Palin wrote in a tweet that McCain "was a maverick and a fighter."

"Today we lost an American original," she tweeted. "Sen. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs. John never took the easy path in life - and through sacrifice and suffering he inspired others to serve something greater than self."

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