Republican Sen. Ron Johnson has suggested that Sen. John McCain’s brain tumor may have affected McCain’s judgment when he voted against the “skinny repeal” of Obamacare late last month.
CNN unearthed audio from a Chicago radio show last week, in which Johnson said of the shocking moment McCain voted against the proposal: “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.”
The answer prompted a surprised response from Amy Jacobson, the show’s co-host.
“Really?” she said. “I mean he did get out — just had recovered from getting the brain tumor removed and then flew all the way to Washington, D.C., but do you really think that played a factor in his judgment call?”
“Again, I-I-I don’t know exactly what we really thought and again I don’t want speak for any senator,” the Wisconsin Republican stammered. “I really thought he 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 to talk to John in terms what was on his mind.”
McCain’s office responded to Johnson’s comments in a statement later Wednesday. “It is bizarre and deeply unfortunate that Senator Johnson would question the judgment of a colleague and friend. Senator McCain has been very open and clear about his reasons for the vote,” the statement reads.