Well-wishers across the political spectrum sent their best Wednesday to Sen. John McCain after reports he had been diagnosed with brain cancer, with President Donald Trump saying the six-term Arizona Republican “has always been a fighter.”
“Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Sen. McCain, Cindy, and their entire family,” Trump said in a statement posted on Twitter. “Get well soon.”
Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. pic.twitter.com/SO4XYgnyug
— President Trump (@POTUS) July 20, 2017
Former President Barack Obama also posted, encouraging McCain, 80, whom he squared off against for the White House in 2008, to give his cancer “hell.”
John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known. Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 20, 2017
Former President George H.W. Bush referenced McCain surviving nearly six years – two in solitary confinement – as a prisoner of war during Vietnam:
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 20, 2017
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the Louisiana representative who is recuperating from being shot in an attack on Republicans during a baseball game practice last month, also tweeted:
Praying for my friend @SenJohnMcCain, one of the toughest people I know.
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) July 20, 2017
CNN reported Wednesday that McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, had an aggressive form of brain cancer, the same kind that felled former Sen. Ted Kennedy and the son of ex-Vice President Joe Biden.
CNN correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said he had McCain’s permission to speak with his physicians.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 20, 2017
Meghan McCain, a Fox News host who is the senator’s eldest daughter, said in a statement her father had remained “confident and calm” since his diagnosis.
She tweeted that her family has “endured the shock” of her father’s diagnosis and they were living “with the anxiety about what comes next.”
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 20, 2017
McCain called her father “the toughest person I know.
“The cruelest enemy could not break him,” she said. “The aggression of political life could not bend him.
“So, he is meeting this challenge as he has every other.
“Cancer may afflict him in many ways: but it will not make him surrender,” she added. “Nothing ever has.”
Vice President Mike Pence said “cancer picked on the wrong guy” in his post:
Karen & I are praying for @SenJohnMcCain. Cancer picked on the wrong guy. John McCain is a fighter & he’ll win this fight too. God bless!
— Vice President Pence (@VP) July 20, 2017
McCain’s White House running mate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, posted on Facebook: “we know he’ll face this diagnosis with courage and strength.
“Our family continues to lift John and his family up in prayer.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called McCain “a hero to our conference and a hero to our country.
“He has never shied from a fight – and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life,” the Kentucky Republican said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said John McCain “has always been a warrior. It’s who he is.
“I know John is going to fight this with the same sheer force of will that has earned him the admiration of the nation.
“And all of us, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans, are behind him.”
Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said McCain was “above all, a patriot.
“I know that the courage and the remarkable spirit and tenacity that has marked his life will guide him in the challenges ahead.”
Others also posted tweets:
.@SenJohnMcCain is one of the toughest men I know. God speed in fighting this one, John. Prayers are with you and your family
— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) July 20, 2017
Counting on the legendary John McCain strength to give cancer its toughest fight ever. Rooting for you, dear friend.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) July 20, 2017
Senator John McCain is a fighter and true, bonafide American hero. We’re behind him every step of the way. Cancer picked on the wrong guy.
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) July 20, 2017
Joe and I are praying for a speedy recovery for our friend Senator John McCain.
— Kelly Ayotte (@KellyAyotte) July 16, 2017
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