Former President Obama called Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to thank him for voting against the GOP repeal of ObamaCare, according to the senator’s upcoming memoir.
“Among the people who called to thank me was President Obama,” McCain writes in “The Restless Wave,” according to the Daily Beast.
“I appreciated his call, but, as I said, my purpose hadn’t been to preserve his signature accomplishment but to insist on a better alternative, and to give the Senate an opportunity to work together to find one,” he continued.
“He hadn’t called to lobby me before the vote, which I had appreciated. He had last called me not long after the November election, during the transition to the Trump administration, to congratulate me on my reelection. He added that he was counting on me to be an outspoken and independent voice for the causes I believed in as I had been during his presidency. I thanked him, and said I would try to be.”
Reports surfaced last week that Obama and former President George W. Bush are expected to deliver eulogies at Sen. John McCain’s eventual funeral.
McCain, who is battling brain cancer, was one of three Republican senators who broke with his party in July to vote down efforts to repeal Obamacare. The move earned him praise from Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
“Except for one senator, who came into a room at 3 o’clock in the morning and went like that, we would have had health care, too … think of that,” Trump said earlier this year.