Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that he thinks that Sen. John McCain’s brain tumor and the early morning hours may have affected the Arizona Republican’s no vote on the Senate bill to repeal Obamacare.
McCain’s decisive no vote on the so-called skinny repeal bill surprised Johnson, who appeared to blame McCain’s illness and the middle of the night vote for influencing his decision.
“He has a brain tumor right now, that vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning. Some of that might have factored in,” Johnson said in a radio interview with 560AM, “Chicago’s Morning Answer.”
“Really?” replied Amy Jacobson, the show’s co-host. “I mean he did get out — just had recovered from getting the brain tumor removed and then flew all the way to Washington, D.C., but do you really think that played a factor in his judgment call?”
A spokesman for McCain blasted Johnson’s remarks.
“It is bizarre and deeply unfortunate that Sen. Johnson would question the judgment of a colleague and friend,” a McCain spokesman told NBC.
“Senator McCain has been very open and clear about the reasons for his vote,” said the spokesman, who was not identified by name in the report.
GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) also voted no on the repeal bill.
“I really thought John was going to vote yes,” Johnson added.