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Rep. Louie Gohmert wants Sen. John McCain to be recalled

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Tuesday during an interview on Fox News that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) should be recalled by voters while he undergoes cancer treatment. (Image source: Twitter video screenshot)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said during an interview on Fox News that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) should be recalled by voters while he undergoes cancer treatment.

McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer, in July.

During an interview on Fox News' “Fox & Friends” Monday, Gohmert lamented that McCain defeated his primary challenger last year.

“He’s got cancer, it’s a tough battle,” Gohmert said. “But stress is a real inhibitor to getting over cancer.”

“I think Arizona could help him — and us. Recall him, let him fight successfully this terrible cancer, and let’s get someone in here who will keep the word he gave last year,” Gohmert continued, referring to McCain's — and the Republican Party's — vow to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Pressed on his statement, Gohmert said recalling McCain “would be very helpful to him and the country.”

Controversial health care vote

McCain, who has long advocated repealing and replacing Obamacare, has in recent months rejected Republican efforts to do so. In July, he voted against a so-called "skinny repeal" bill, killing the measure. McCain has also expressed opposition to a repeal bill sponsored by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (La.).

In the face of criticism from many Republicans, including President Donald Trump, McCain said in a statement that he believes “health care reform legislation ought to be the product of regular order in the Senate.”

“Committees of jurisdiction should mark up legislation with input from all committee members, and send their bill to the floor for debate and amendment," he said. "That is the only way we might achieve bipartisan consensus on lasting reform, without which a policy that affects one-fifth of our economy and every single American family will be subject to reversal with every change of administration and congressional majority.”

McCain said he would “consider supporting legislation similar to that offered by my friends, Senators Graham and Cassidy, were it the product of extensive hearings, debate and amendment.”

“We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2009,” he added.

'He can vote any way he wants to'

Graham, however, defended McCain during remarks on CNN on Monday evening, calling him “one of my dearest friends in the world.”

The senator said McCain wants to repeal Obamacare but is seeking a bipartisan solution.

"So to any American who has got a problem with John McCain's vote, all I can tell you is that John McCain was willing to die for this country, and he can vote any way he wants to, and it doesn't matter to me," Graham said.

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