Former President Barack Obama issued a quick message on Twitter after news broke that U.S. Senator John McCain was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I've ever known. Cancer doesn't know what it's up against. Give it hell, John.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 20, 2017
Obama and McCain were opponents during the 2008 presidential election. The two were also colleagues in the Senate.
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Other statements of support were issued throughout the night by the White House and his colleagues as well as former president Bill Clinton and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Karen & I are praying for @SenJohnMcCain. Cancer picked on the wrong guy. John McCain is a fighter & he'll win this fight too. God bless!— Vice President Pence (@VP) July 20, 2017
Praying for my friend @SenJohnMcCain, one of the toughest people I know.— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) July 20, 2017
John McCain is an American hero and a relentless fighter. I wish him Godspeed in this fight and look fwd to welcoming him back to work soon.— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) July 20, 2017
John McCain is an American hero and one of the greatest Americans of my generation. He, Cindy and their family are in my prayers.— Johnny Isakson (@SenatorIsakson) July 20, 2017
As he’s shown his entire life, don’t bet against John McCain. Best wishes to him for a swift recovery.— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) July 20, 2017