Brain tumour might have affected McCain vote - GOP senator

2017-08-09 21:26
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Washington - Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson has suggested fellow Republican Senator John McCain's brain tumour and the after-midnight timing of the vote were factors in McCain's decisive vote against the GOP health care bill.

Johnson's comments in a radio interview on Tuesday with AM560 Chicago's Morning Answer drew a response from McCain spokesperson Julie Tarallo.

She said, "it is bizarre and deeply unfortunate that Senator Johnson would question the judgement of a colleague and friend".

McCain said he voted against the bill last month because it fell short of the Republican promise to repeal and replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act with meaningful reform.

Johnson said in the interview McCain had "a brain tumour right now. That vote occurred at 01:30 in the morning. Some of that might have factored in".

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