McCain on Trump's POW Slight: We're 'Very Different People'

Senator speaks on '60 Minutes,' including his reaction on hearing 'serious' cancer diagnosis
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2017 5:03 AM CDT
McCain as Docs Waffled on Cancer Diagnosis: 'I Can Take It'
In this July 27, 2017, file photo, Sen. John McCain speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

"They said that … the prognosis is very, very serious," John McCain said Sunday night on 60 Minutes as he talked about his brain cancer diagnosis, which came right after he'd had a regular checkup and was on his way back home. Per USA Today, the 81-year-old Arizona senator says he had to urge his doctors—who gave him between a 3% and 14% chance of survival—to be straight with him. "I said, 'I can take it. Just tell me.'" He says his illness, for which he's now receiving chemo and radiation, has made him "more energetic" and "more engaged ... because I know that I've got to do everything I can to serve this country while I can." McCain also notes he'd like his eventual memorial service to be held at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where he hopes "a couple of people [will] stand up and say, 'This guy, he served his country.'"

McCain also addressed Donald Trump's criticism of him in July 2015, when the then-GOP candidate mocked McCain's POW ordeal. McCain said Sunday that Trump still hadn't apologized for that, though the senator insists his vote against the GOP health care bill wasn't revenge. And he'd be "glad to converse" with Trump, though he notes they're "very different people. Different upbringing. Different life experiences," per Politico. "He is in the business of making money," McCain says. "I was raised in a military family … in the concept and belief that duty, honor, country is the lodestar for the behavior that we have to exhibit every single day." In the meantime, as he fights his illness with "the best doctors," he notes he's also taking time to "celebrate, with gratitude, a life well-lived" and that he's not filled with panic. "You've been around a long time, old man," he says he tells himself. (More John McCain stories.)

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