McCain Cutting Short Congressional Trip To Attend Arizona Memorial Service

By Matt Jaffe

Jan 11, 2011 12:58pm

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe reports:

Sen. John McCain is cutting short a Congressional trip to Latin America to return to his home state of Arizona for Wednesday’s memorial service for the victims of last weekend’s Tucson shooting.

McCain and his wife Cindy will both attend the memorial service, according to the senator’s spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan.

McCain left last Friday with Sen. John Barrasso on a week-long trip to Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Panama and Mexico, but now McCain will head home early to attend the service at the University of Arizona.

Hours after Saturday’s attack that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ, fighting for her life, killed six including federal judge John Roll, and left over a dozen others injured, McCain issued a scathing statement calling the attacker “a disgrace to Arizona, this country, and the human race.”

“Whoever did this, whatever their reason, they are a disgrace to Arizona, this country and the human race, and they deserve and will receive the contempt of all decent people and the strongest punishment of the law,” McCain said.

The service is set to take place at 6pm local time. The White House announced last night that President Obama will attend.

 

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