John McCain says his cancer prognosis is "very poor"

McCain plans on fighting the disease while simultaneously striving to "celebrate with gratitude a life well-lived"

By Matthew Rozsa
September 25, 2017 1:21PM (UTC)
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Sen. John McCain of Arizona offered a bleak prediction about his brain cancer prognosis on Sunday, although he offset that with a philosophical outlook about his life overall.

Describing his cancer as having a "very poor prognosis" during a Sunday interview with the CBS program "60 Minutes," McCain added that "So I just said, 'I understand. Now we're going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find and do the best we can. And at the same time, celebrate with gratitude a life well-lived.'"


The former presidential candidate also recalled the heavy emotions that followed when he returned to the Senate. In July, he became an unexpected "No" vote during a pivotal Republican attempt to repeal President Barack Obama's health care reform bill.

"I got very choked up. And then, of course, you know, all of them coming over and giving me a hug. It was deeply moving, I had never seen anything like that," McCain recalled.

He also added that he was not motivated by any personal animus toward President Donald Trump when casting his vote the way he did.


"If I took offense at everybody who has said something about me, or disparaged me or something like that — life is too short. You've got to move on. And on an issue of this importance to the nation, for me to worry about a personal relationship, then I'm not doing my job," McCain said.

Of course, this statement didn't stop McCain from taking a veiled swipe at Trump during a section of the interview in which he contrasted their backgrounds.

"He is in the business of making money and he has been successful both in television as well as Miss America and others," McCain said. "I was raised in a military family. I was raised in the concept and belief that duty, honor, country is the lodestar for the behavior that we have to exhibit every single day."

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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