McCain's former primary challenger calls for his resignation

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 23, 2017

Sen. John McCain's former primary challenger didn't wait long to say that he should step down from office following this week's devastating news about his health. John McCain, days after he received a brain-cancer diagnosis.

Kelli Ward - who lost to McCain past year in Arizona's Republican primary and is now running to challenge Sen.

In a statement posted to her website, Ward, who is an osteopathic physician, offered her prayers to McCain, but wrote that "the medical reality of his diagnosis is grim" and that "As a doctor, I've counseled people in similar situations and these end-of-life choices are never easy".

At home recovering from surgery and after his office announced Wednesday he had diagnosed with a brain tumor, Arizona Sen. On Thursday morning, he tweeted, "I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support - unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!" Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, will have to appoint someone from the same party to fill the vacancy until the 2018 general election.

'In all the ways I measure good Senate colleagues (honor, class, integrity) Kelli Ward falls short. The people of AZ deserve representatives with dignity & decency'.

In another interview she said her comments show how she's a straight shooter: "whenever I'm asked a question, I don't know, I give an answer. I am a competent, qualified political candidate, and I look forward to getting to Washington, D.C. You all have made this about John McCain and Kelli Ward", she said, adding that she's "laser-focused" on her race against Flake.

Taken aback, Todd asked Ward whether she feels comfortable diagnosing McCain without personally examining him. In an interview with Politico previous year, Ward said McCain was too old to be senator and would likely die on the job.

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