Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

John McCain, battling brain cancer, tells Biden to stay in politics

John McCain, battling brain cancer, tells Biden to stay in politics

Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who is battling brain cancer, encouraged former vice president Joe Biden to "not walk away" from politics, according to a report Saturday in the New York Times.

As John McCain health deteriorates after being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017, numerous senator's colleagues have had to try and imagine what a political climate without such a notable member of the Republican party will look like.

His eventual funeral is expected to be held at Washington National Cathedral, the Times disclosed.

Senator John McCain's inner circle is reportedly planning his funeral and want Vice President Mike Pence at the service - but not President Donald Trump. He has also been making his preferences known about who should be appointed to fill his Senate seat should he not make it until the end of his term - a shortlist that includes his wife Cindy McCain.

Still, McCain has finished work on his new book, "The Restless Wave", and an HBO documentary about his life. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and retired Connecticut Sen.

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He recalls that his advisers warned him that picking a vice-presidential candidate who caucused with Democrats and supported abortion rights would divide Republicans and doom his chances. "But my gut told me to ignore it and I wish I had".

As the Times notes, McCain's controversial choice of Sarah Palin to be his running mate in 2008 is believed by some to have helped lay the groundwork for Trump's rise to power.

"It was sound advice that I could reason for myself", he writes. After visiting McCain last weekend at his ranch, Biden told the Times the Arizona senator is still preoccupied with the future of the country. Lieberman has since stated that he had been unaware of McCain's regret until he viewed the documentary and has acknowledged that "it touched me greatly".

"I wanted to let him know how much I love him and how much he matters to me and how much I admire his integrity and his courage", Biden told the Times.

"We talked about how our global reputation is being damaged", Biden said in the report published Saturday, "And we talked about the need for people to stand up and speak out".

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