Members Send Well Wishes to McCain

Family of longtime senator announces he’s ending treatment in his battle with brain cancer

Sen. Jeff Flake sent condolences to fellow Arizona Sen John McCain  after McCain’s family announced he would end medical treatment for cancer. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle commended and sent best wishes for John McCain after his family announced Friday the longtime Republican senator from Arizona would end medical treatment for brain cancer.

McCain has battled glioblastoma since last summer, mostly back home in Arizona.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said his “thoughts and prayers are with Senator McCain and his family.” 

Arizona’s junior Sen. Jeff Flake, who is retiring at the end of this term, sent a simple note on Twitter, saying “God Bless and keep this wonderful man and his family”

Rep. Martha McSally, who is running for the Republican nomination for Flake’s seat, commended McCain for his life of service.

McSally was criticized by some for not speaking out when President Donald Trump did not recognize McCain when signing the 2019 defense authorization bill named for him. McSally said it was a controversy created by the media.

Sen. Orrin Hatch also sent his prayers for McCain.

“Our prayers are with John and the wonderful McCain family today,” he said.

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, a potential Democratic candidate for president in 2020, sent her well wishes to the 2008 Republican presidential nominee.

“We are praying for you every day, John,” she tweeted. “We love you. Thank you for your courage, and for your extraordinary service and leadership.”

Mitt Romney, the party’s 2012 presidential nominee who is running for Senate in Utah to replace Hatch, praised McCain’s service to the country.

“His heroism inspires, his life shapes our character. I am blessed and humbled by our friendship,” Romney said. Romney and McCain ran against each for the Republican nomination in 2008.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said McCain “personifies service to our country.”

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