‘You just have to understand that it’s not that you’re leaving. It’s that you — that you stayed.’
That’s the Arizona Republican talking about his prognosis, which he described as “very, very poor,” in a moving interview on “60 Minutes” Sunday night.
McCain, who is suffering from a deadly form or brain cancer, said he’s heard his odds of survival range from 3% to 14%.
“Now we’re gonna do what we can, get the best doctors we can find and do the best we can,” he said, with his wife by his side in Arizona. “And, at the same time, celebrate with gratitude a life well lived.”
McCain is now 81 years old, and has, indeed, lived a full — and heroic — life. His colorful career has seen him walk away from two plane crashes, battle through two tough presidential campaigns and survive torture as a POW in Vietnam for five years.
And he’s not done yet. Despite daily chemo and radiation treatment, McCain still manages to put in a full day of work in Washington, which includes chairing the Armed Services Committee.
“I am more energetic and more engaged as a result of this because I know that I’ve got to do everything I can to serve this country while I can,” he said.
Prognosis aside, John McCain said Friday he’ll again vote against repeal of the Affordable Care Act, drawing cheers from the left and jeers from the right.
“I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats and have not yet really tried,” he explained in a statement. “Nor could I support it without knowing…How many people will be helped or hurt by it.”