Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain vowed Wednesday that he will return to the Senate after undergoing cancer treatments this month.
McCain, 80, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer, last month.
During a town hall discussion on Facebook live Wednesday, McCain thanked those who have reached out to him after his diagnosis.
“Thanks for your outpouring of affection,” McCain said of the phone calls and letters he has received. “Even those that want me to die don’t want me to die right away, so that’s good.”
He said he was touched by the kind words he has received and called himself “literally the luckiest guy on Earth.”
Sen. John McCain thanks supporters after cancer diagnosis: “Even those that want me to die don’t want me to die right away, so that’s good” pic.twitter.com/ox8qX6Az7B
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McCain addressed his health during the virtual town hall, telling viewers, “My treatment is going fine. I’m feeling fine.
“This is a rough disease, let’s be very honest about it. That’s straightforward. I’ve always been straightforward. I have to beat it,” he continued. “Fortunately, they found it early, and the treatment is going extremely well. I have another week and a half of this kind of treatment that I’m getting, then they’ll check it out and see if there’s anything additional that needs to be done.
“Look, my friends, this is a very malicious disease. But I’ve had other challenges in my time as well,” McCain said.
McCain also offered a message to “my Democrat friends and some of my Republican friends.”
“I’m coming back,” he said, laughing.
He said that he feels good, has “plenty of energy,” and has meetings scheduled with local mayors Wednesday afternoon.
McCain addressed a number of issues during the town hall, including escalating tensions with North Korea. McCain advised Trump to listen to his “talented” national security advisers.
The senator also addressed his controversial vote against an Obamacare repeal, arguing that he wants to go through “the normal legislative process” to replace the health care law, rather than a “skinny repeal” that takes place “behind closed doors.”
“What does a ‘skinny repeal’ mean, by the way?” he asked sarcastically.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) suggested Tuesday that McCain’s vote may have been influenced by his brain tumor, a claim dismissed by McCain’s spokesperson.
(H/T: Washington Examiner)