Biden consoles Senator McCain’s sick daughter from Arizona

Former Vice President Joe Biden has sought to comfort the daughter of ailing US Senator John McCain after she started crying while discussing her father’s battle with brain cancer on ABC. View.

Meghan McCain, a panelist on the show, told Biden on Wednesday that she was unable to go through her new memoir, Promise me, daddy, which focuses on the 2015 death of her son, Beau, from an aggressive tumor called glioblastoma. Doctors diagnosed John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, with the same type of tumor last summer.

“I think of Beau almost every day and I’ve been told this doesn’t get any easier but you cultivate the tools to work with this and live with this,” Meghan McCain said, her voice cracking. “I know you and your family have gone through a tragedy that I could not imagine.”

Biden, who served with John McCain in the Senate, stood up and left his seat on the set to sit next to her and hold her hand. He told Meghan McCain not to lose hope and that a medical breakthrough is possible.

“And it can happen tomorrow,” Biden said, adding that if anyone can beat brain cancer, it’s John McCain.

McCain, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, missed several votes in the Senate this week and did not attend a White House ceremony on Tuesday to which he was invited. His office did not respond to an email from The Associated Press.

Now in his sixth term in the Senate, McCain, 81, underwent surgery in mid-July to remove a 2-inch (51 millimeter) blood clot in his brain after being diagnosed with glioblastoma. He quickly bounced back, however, returning to Washington and entering the Senate on July 25 to a standing ovation from his colleagues.

Vote on the Health Bill

In a dramatic turn, he voted against the Republican health care bill – a move that has drawn the ire of President Donald Trump and conservatives. McCain’s vote scuttled the GOP’s seven-year effort to dismantle much of former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

But McCain’s condition appears to have worsened in recent weeks. He suffered a minor tear to his right Achilles tendon, requiring him to wear a walking brace. McCain eventually started using a wheelchair, with his staff members pushing him where he needed to go.

As a Navy pilot, McCain lived through a fire in July 1967 that killed 134 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. The following October, his plane was shot down during a bombing mission over Hanoi. He spent more than five years as a prisoner of war. McCain also survived several bouts of melanoma, a dangerous skin cancer.

FILE – Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, receives the Medal of Freedom from former Vice President Joe Biden, chairman of the board of the National Constitution Center, in Philadelphia, October 16, 2017.

Biden, 74, considered running for the Oval Office in 2016 but decided against it, later citing the trauma of his son’s death as keeping him out of the race. When he appeared on View, Biden, a former Democratic senator from Delaware, recounted his lifelong friendship with John McCain and how McCain had befriended Beau several years earlier when he was Navy liaison officer in the Senate.

Biden also laughed as he recalled their political clashes, with the two Senate heavyweights clashing.

“His dad is chasing me with a hammer and pliers,” Biden told the audience. But he also said that, even now, if he called John McCain and asked for help, he would be there for him.

Meghan McCain later thanked Biden, tweeting that she had no words to express her “tremendous gratitude.”

“Your strength, hope and courage are an inspiration to me and so many others every day,” she wrote.