Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has reportedly not been invited to attend funeral services for Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden's year two won't be about bipartisanship Biden: A good coach knows when to change up the team These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 MORE (R-Ariz.), her onetime running mate.
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.”
NBC's @KellyO reports: Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has not been invited to attend memorial services for John McCain— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) August 29, 2018
“The Palin family will always cherish their friendship with the McCains and hold those memories dear,” the source added, according to NBC.
Palin family source says, “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.”— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) August 29, 2018
Palin ran as McCain's vice presidential nominee during his 2008 bid for the White House. McCain ultimately lost to then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaA needed warning for Yemen's rebels — and for our allies and enemies alike What Joe Biden can learn from Harry Truman's failed steel seizure Biden: A good coach knows when to change up the team MORE (D-Ill.).
A private ceremony for McCain was held Wednesday inside the Arizona 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 Joe BidenJoe BidenFox News reporter says Biden called him after 'son of a b----' remark Peloton responds after another TV character has a heart attack on one of its bikes Defense & National Security — Pentagon puts 8,500 troops on high alert MORE will speak.
On Saturday, Obama and and former President 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 after being diagnosed with brain cancer last year.
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.”