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Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairs a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing on Steve King, a prominent GOP insider from Wisconsin, nominated to be ambassador to the Czech Republic, on Capitol Hill Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. The Senate has delayed the start of the traditional summer recess until the third week of August to catch up on uncompleted work. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ron Johnson said McCain’s brain tumor may have impacted his health care vote


Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) says Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) brain cancer may have influenced his recent vote killing the GOP’s bill for repealing and replacing Obamacare.

“I’m not going to speak for John McCain,” he said Tuesday on 560AM’s “Chicago Morning Answer.”

“He has a brain tumor right now,” Johnson continued. “That vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning. Some of that might have factored in.”

“Really?” co-host Amy Jacobson responded. “I mean, he just recovered from getting the brain tumor removed and then flew all the way to Washington, D.C.”

“But you really think that played a factor in his judgment call?” she asked Johnson of last month’s Senate vote.

“I don’t want to speak for any senator,” he retorted. “I really thought John was going to vote yes to send that bill to conference at 10:30 that night.

“By about 1, 1:30, he voted no,” Johnson added of the GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee. “You’d have to talk to John about what was on his mind.”

Some Twitter users on Wednesday slammed Johnson’s suggestion that McCain’s decision was swayed by his cancer.

Other people on the social media platform defended Johnson, arguing McCain had not upheld Republican values with his vote.

McCain stunned Republicans last month by voting against their party’s Senate bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The so-called “skinny repeal” option failed 49 to 51, effectively stalling the GOP’s longstanding goal of repealing Obamacare for the near future.

McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a notably aggressive brain cancer, following a procedure to remove a blood clot from behind his left eye in July.

The Arizona’s senator’s health became a major factor in the Obamacare repeal vote, with Republican leaders having a narrow margin for passing the bill in the Senate.

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