‘A True Fighter’: Republicans and Democrats Come Together to Send Thoughts and Prayers to John McCain
Senator John McCain has garnered a great deal of respect on both sides of the aisle for his decades of service to his country, and after the news came out about his brain cancer diagnosis tonight, his Republican and Democratic colleagues came together to send him and his family their thoughts and prayers.
Both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence put out statements:
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) July 20, 2017
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 longtime friend Senator Lindsey Graham spoke to reporters:
A visibly emotional Graham tells us he spoke to McCain; talked about diagnosis for about five min before convo turned to health care, NDAA
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) July 20, 2017
Lindsey Graham says McCain told him tonight: "I'm gonna stay here a little bit longer, take some treatments and I'll be back."
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) July 20, 2017
Senator Jeff Flake, McCain’s Arizona colleague, tweeted after speaking with him tonight:
Just spoke to @SenJohnMcCain. Tough diagnosis, but even tougher man.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) July 20, 2017
And Congressman Steve Scalise, still recovering in the hospital, sent a similar message:
Praying for my friend @SenJohnMcCain, one of the toughest people I know.
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) July 20, 2017
Republicans and Democrats from both the House and Senate came out to tweet their heartfelt sentiments as well:
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) July 20, 2017
.@SenJohnMcCain, you are a true fighter & I'll be praying for you until you beat this. I know you will.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 20, 2017
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) July 20, 2017
This is awful news. The country owes a debt of gratitude to this American hero . https://t.co/Uqd9bJCnSO
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) July 20, 2017
Senator John McCain is a fighter. If there is anyone who can beat cancer, it's John. Praying for you @SenJohnMcCain
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) July 20, 2017
So sad to hear the heartbreaking news about my friend @SenJohnMcCain. My prayers are w/ the McCain family and w/ John, a true fighter.
— Shelley Moore Capito (@SenCapito) July 20, 2017
John McCain has been a fighter all his life and this is just the latest challenge. We are praying for his speedy recovery.
— JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) July 20, 2017
Thinking about a hero, my Chairman, my friend John McCain. Stay strong!
— Senator Tim Kaine (@timkaine) July 20, 2017
.@SenJohnMcCain is an American hero. I pray for him and his family. I look forward to seeing him soon.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 20, 2017
Jill and I are thinking of our dear friend John McCain and his family at this difficult time.
— Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) July 20, 2017
American hero, Senate stalwart. Godspeed John McCain, Cindy & your family, from Marcelle, me & all VTers. Like Marcelle, you're a fighter.
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) July 20, 2017
No one is tougher than Senator John McCain. Period.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) July 20, 2017
To @SenJohnMcCain and his family: Kelley and I will pray for you and your family, and we hope for a full recovery for you.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 20, 2017
We are all praying for @SenJohnMcCain and for his complete recovery. He is a fighter, we are all behind him.
— Bill Cassidy (@BillCassidy) July 20, 2017
Keep @SenJohnMcCain, Cindy, and his family in your thoughts and prayers. He's a fighter, and we hope to see him back in the Senate soon.
— Senator Thad Cochran (@SenThadCochran) July 20, 2017
I've never known @SenJohnMcCain to back down from a fight. Praying for him & his family.
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) July 20, 2017
If anyone can beat cancer, it’s a fighter pilot like @SenJohnMcCain. Bobbi & I wish him a speedy recovery & look forward to seeing him soon.
— Sen. John Barrasso (@SenJohnBarrasso) July 20, 2017
.@SenJohnMcCain is a friend, a fighter, and a great American. My prayers will be with him, his family, and his staff in the days ahead.
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) July 20, 2017
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) July 20, 2017
.@SenJohnMcCain is a man of principle, integrity, and the father to a loving family. The entire country is with him in this fight.
— Dean Heller (@SenDeanHeller) July 20, 2017
Nobody's tougher than @SenJohnMcCain. Wishing him a speedy victory in this battle.
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) July 20, 2017
John is a hero & fighter with an iron will… our full support and well wishes will be with him through this battle https://t.co/EctBvRHD67
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) July 20, 2017
@SenJohnMcCain is a fighter & I have no doubt he will face this challenge with courage and determination. Praying for him and his family.
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) July 20, 2017
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) July 20, 2017
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 20, 2017
Fighter. Hero. The nation stands behind you @SenJohnMcCain. Judy and I are praying for you and your family.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) July 20, 2017
.@SenJohnMcCain is a hero, a patriot and a fighter. I am privileged to call him a friend. Paul & I pray for his recovery and his family.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 20, 2017
We've had our disagreements, but @SenJohnMcCain is an American hero & legendary Arizonan. I wish him the best in the difficult times ahead.
— Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) July 20, 2017
My deepest thoughts and prayers are with @SenJohnMcCain and his family right now.
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) July 20, 2017
I have just learned about my friend John McCain's diagnosis. I pray for him and his family tonight. He is an American hero.
— Rep. Trent Franks (@RepTrentFranks) July 20, 2017
— Lynn Jenkins (@RepLynnJenkins) July 20, 2017
— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) July 20, 2017
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) July 20, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you @SenJohnMcCain, a true American hero and dedicated public servant.
— Rep. Jared Polis (@RepJaredPolis) July 20, 2017
My thoughts & prayers are with @SenJohnMcCain and his family. He is a fighter & a hero. I know he will confront this illness with strength.
— Steny Hoyer (@WhipHoyer) July 20, 2017
Praying for @SenJohnMcCain tonight–a true patriot and American hero. We're all with you Senator, hang in there.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) July 20, 2017
Freedom has no greater nor tougher champion than @SenJohnMcCain. My prayers are with him and his family.
— Rep. Mike Gallagher (@RepGallagher) July 20, 2017
— Rep. Mia Love (@RepMiaLove) July 20, 2017
McCain’s former running mate Sarah Palin wrote on Facebook, “John McCain is one tough fighter – we know he’ll face this diagnosis with courage and strength. Our family continues to lift John and his family up in prayer.”
And both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton sent their best wishes too:
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
John McCain is as tough as they come. Thinking of John, Cindy, their wonderful children, & their whole family tonight.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 20, 2017
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