Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Kyl sworn in to fill McCain's seat

Kyl sworn in to fill McCain's seat

Despite the short window, Kyl will likely be able to vote for Kavanaugh as the Supreme Court nominee.

"What's changed for me is the passing of John McCain", said Woods, who delivered a eulogy for the late senator last week. The GOP is hoping Kyl will be a more reliable Republican vote than McCain was.

Grant Woods gives a tribute during a memorial service for late senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), on August 30 at North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix.

Kyl spent 18 years in the US Senate before retiring in 2013 as a ranking Republican. "Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and college of so many years". John McCain, R-Ariz., the Arizona Republic reports.

Former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., right, answers a question after Gov. Doug Ducey, R-Ariz., announced that Kyl will fill Sen. Ducey, a Republican, said, adding Kyl was "the best possible person, regardless of politics".

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.

When asked why he won't commit to serving past the end of the year, Kyl explained that when he left the Senate six years ago, he had no intention of returning.

Today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch welcomed Kyl back to the U.S. Senate.

By law, Ducey was required to appoint a Republican successor to fill McCain's seat, although he nearly certainly would have tapped a Republican regardless. However, with Kyl saying he won't run for re-election, it also leaves open the possibility of a bruising primary in 2020. Kyl will serve until at least the end of the year; should he choose not to serve beyond the remainder of 2018, Ducey will have to name another replacement to serve out the rest of McCain's term.

Kyl, by contrast, remains popular in Arizona.

But Kyl, 76, who did not promise to stay in the Senate seat until 2020, may not serve for long after seeing through Kavanaugh's nomination.

"I look forward to going to Washington and getting to work", Kyl said.

Ducey asked Kyl if he would accept the appointment on August 25, the day that McCain died, according to two people close to the governor.

"There is no one in Arizona more prepared to represent our state in the U.S. Senate than Jon Kyl".

McCain's widow, Cindy McCain, disclosed the choice shortly ahead of Ducey's news conference. There is no one more qualified and Arizona is well served.

Before the appointment, Kyl had been working as Kavanaugh's Senate guide, accompanying him on courtesy visits to Capitol Hill.

Kyl will be entering a narrowly divided senate where Republicans could gain or lose seats in November.

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