GOP Senator Says John McCain’s Brain Tumor May Have ‘Factored In’ To His Healthcare Vote

GOP Senator Says John McCain’s Brain Tumor May Have ‘Factored In’ To His Healthcare Vote
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11 months ago

On Wednesday, August 9th, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson implied that Senator John McCain's recently diagnosed brain tumor might have had something to do with his dramatic 'no' vote which tabled the GOP's plan to repeal Obamacare. 

Johnson failed to understand why anyone would vote 'no' for the bill, saying:

We did get a call from [House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)] and he assured us that [the bill] was not going to pass the House, and it would have to go to conference.

Johnson's confusions is...well...confusing, considering his past criticisms of the GOP's process (which line up pretty neatly with McCain's own reservations):

Johnson then commented:

Again, I’m not gonna speak for John McCain. You know, he has a brain tumor right now ― that vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning ― some of that might have factored in.

A reporter asked:

Really? You really think that that played a factor in his judgment call?

To which Johnson responded:

Again, I don’t know exactly what ― we really thought that ― and again, I don’t want to speak for any senator. I really thought John was going to vote yes to send that to conference at 10:30 at night,” Johnson said. “By about 1, 1:30, he voted no. So you’d have to talk to John about what was on his mind.

A McCain spokesperson responded to Johnson's comments, calling them "bizarre" and "unfortunate:"

Johnson later walked back his comments, saying:

I’m disappointed I didn’t more eloquently express my sympathy for what Sen. McCain is going through. I have nothing but respect for him and the vote came at the end of a long day for everyone.

Senator McCain is currently in his home state of Arizona receiving treatment for his cancer, but also staying active in the political sphere by issuing statements on Trump's policy in Syria and startling stance on North Korea. The Senator is keeping in good spirits, joking:

Fortunately they found [the tumor] early, and the treatment is going extremely well...Even those who want me to die don’t want me to die right away. And that’s good!