Former Sen. Kyl responded saying he was "grateful for Gov. Ducey's confidence" in him and was "honored to accept this appointment". John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., leave the chamber.
However, on Tuesday Ducey said that he hasn't been able to get Kyl's commitment to serve beyond the congressional session that ends this year, though he hopes Kyl will reconsider.
The Republican Kyl served previously as one of Arizona's two senators, alongside McCain.
"I'm not going to hold my breath on Trump because I'm not going to pass out", Woods said.
He adds that Arizona "will be well-served by Jon's willingness to once again serve his country". John McCain at a memorial service inside the Arizona State Capitol Rotunda on August 29. By state law the senator will have to be a member of the same party as the departing one, in this case the GOP. Kyl's appointment may make it possible for him to vote for the nomination. "Kyl for agreeing to succeed his friend and colleague of so many years". "Kyl has been working closely with the White House on the Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh", Ducey said.
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"I think McCain would be very happy with the pick".
Cindy McCain, John McCain's widow, tweeted Tuesday that Kyle "is a dear friend of mine and John's". 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. "Now, Sen. Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation". During Senator Kyl's 26 years in Congress, he built a reputation for mastering the complexities of legislative policy and coalition building, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate. Those who know Kyl say that he is more likely to be a bridge-builder than a Trump antagonist along the lines of McCain, Flake or Ben Sasse, R-Neb. "I'm hoping that the senator will consider serving longer".
When Kyl is sworn in, he will join Goldwater as having served in the role after leaving. Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally, both USA representatives, are squaring off to replace Jeff Flake, who didn't seek re-election.
Ducey signaled Kyl could be sworn into the Senate in the coming days and pushed back against allegations that the appointment was a politically-motivated move based exclusively on the supreme court nomination.
Cindy McCain made the statement on Twitter minutes before Arizona's Republican Gov. Doug Ducey was due to make the formal announcement. He did, however, rule out running for McCain's seat in the special election.