Kelli Ward is an osteopathic doctor running for the Arizona Senate seat currently occupied by Jeff Flake. She made the following statement after Flake's seatmate John McCain (R) announced his diagnosis of glioblastoma, which is a type of brain cancer:
“As a doctor, I’ve counseled patients in similar situations and these end-of-life choices are never easy. I usually advise terminal patients to reduce stress, relax and spend time laughing with loved ones.
The Senate has complicated and difficult problems to deal with and Arizona deserves to be represented by someone who can focus on those challenges.”
Mike Opelka asked his guest, Mike Broomhead, who had interviewed Ward earlier in the day about this statement: “Does she want McCain to step down so she can be some sort of default?”
Broomhead, who is the Morning Drive host at KFYI in Phoenix, thought not because she is polling better than Flake. He had previously read Ward’s statement on air, which led her to accuse Broomhead of trying to smear her.
He pointed out he only read her own words verbatim. He then invited her to his show this morning to defend herself, which she did, telling him she would not offer a prognosis on a patient she herself had not examined. Her statement seems to contradict this defense, he thought.
Broomhead also reported that a neurologist at Mount Sinai said McCain has every hope of recovery and of living a long and fruitful life. The senator was also well enough to travel to Washington, D.C., to vote today.