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Gohmert Calls for McCain’s Recall

Texas Republican suggests way to support senator and get health care repeal

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert says Arizona Sen. John McCain should be recalled while he undergoes cancer treatment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert believes Arizona Sen. John McCain should be recalled while he undergoes treatment for cancer so that Republicans can replace him with someone who will support the party’s latest effort to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law.

“He’s got cancer, it’s a tough battle,” the GOP congressman told “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning. “But stress is a real inhibitor to getting over cancer.”

“I think Arizona could help him, and us. Recall him, let him fight successfully this terrible cancer, and let’s get someone in here who will keep the word he gave last year,” Gohmert said.

McCain said last week he would not support a repeal bill sponsored by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

Like most Republicans, the 2008 presidential candidate has campaigned for the better part of a decade on repealing and replacing the 2010 law. But twice in the past two months, he has effectively killed GOP efforts to do so. (In July, he voted “no” on the so-called skinny repeal bill Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put to a floor vote.)

“If he had said last year what he was going to do, Kelli Ward would have beat him,” Gohmert said, referring to the former Arizona state senator who ran against McCain in the primary, losing by 11 points. Ward is challenging Arizona’s other GOP senator, Jeff Flake, next year. 

Gohmert is not the first Republican lawmaker to connect McCain’s medical status to his opposition to his party’s efforts to repeal and replace the health care law.

In August, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson suggested McCain’s cancer could have affected his decision to cast the decisive “no” vote the previous month.

“Again, I’m not going to speak for John McCain — he has a brain tumor right now — that vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning, some of that might have factored in,” Johnson told a Chicago talk radio show on Aug. 8.

The Wisconsin Republican later walked back his remarks, but not before he was criticized by McCain spokeswoman Julie Tarallo.

“It is bizarre and deeply unfortunate that Senator Johnson would question the judgment of a colleague and friend,” she said in a statement. “Senator McCain has been very open and clear about the reasons for his vote.”

McCain’s office could not be reached for comment on Gohmert’s remarks.

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