A GOP senator is backtracking after controversial comments about John McCain Tuesday. Speaking about the Senate's failure to pass a bill repealing ObamaCare on the AM560 radio show Chicago's Morning Answer, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said, "I'm not gonna speak for John McCain—he has a brain tumor right now—that vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning, some of that might have factored in." In response to the host's incredulous "really?" Johnson replied, "Again, I-I-I don't know exactly what—we really thought—and again I don't want speak for any senator. I really thought John was going to vote yes to send that to conference at 10:30 at night. By about 1, 1:30, he voted no. So you have talk to John in terms what was on his mind."
But Johnson was singing a different tune in a statement Wednesday in which he said he's "disappointed I didn't more eloquently express my sympathy for what Sen. McCain is going through. I have nothing but respect for him and the vote came at the end of a long day for everyone." The statement came after Johnson's original words caused a bit of an uproar, with a McCain spokesperson calling them "bizarre and deeply unfortunate," CNN reports. Politico notes that there was also backlash against Johnson on Twitter; one columnist called Johnson "the scuzziest senator [ever]." (Read more Ron Johnson stories.)