On ABC’s The View Meghan, daughter of Republican John McCain, connected with former Vice President Joe Biden over the fact that her father is now battling the same type of brain cancer that Biden’s son Beau died of while Biden was still in office.
McCain began to ask him about the book, starting, “I think about Beau almost every day. I was told that this doesn’t get easier. . . . I know you and your family have been through tragedy that I couldn’t conceive of.” She quickly broke into tears, and Biden switched chairs to sit next to her.
“One of the things that gave Beau courage, my word, was John,” he said. “You may remember—when you were a little kid—your dad took care of my Beau. . . . Your dad became friends with Beau, and Beau talked about your dad’s courage, not about illness, but about his courage.”
He discussed a few different breakthroughs and new treatments for glioblastoma, which, he says, is “about as bad as it gets,” before grasping her hand and returning to the strength of the elder McCain, who was at the top of the ticket on the opposite side in 2008, the year Biden became vice president. “If anybody can make it, [it’s] your dad.
Her dad is one of my best friends, and her dad goes after me hammer and tongs. We’re like two brothers who were somehow raised by different fathers or something because of our points of view. I know, and I mean this sincerely.
I’ve said it even when your dad got mad at me and said that I should get the hell off the ticket. Remember what I said about your dad? I know if I picked up the phone tonight and called John McCain and said, ‘John, I’m at Second and Vine in Oshkosh, and I need your help. Come.’ He’d get on the plane and come. And I would for him, too. This is the guy.”
He moved on to hope. “The thing that I found, and Beau insisted on, and your dad’s going to insist on, is you’ve gotta have hope,” he said, later adding: “We gotta keep moving like this is going to happen. . . . I swear guys, we are going to beat this damned disease. We really are.”
After the segment aired, McCain tweeted, “There are no words I have to convey my immense gratitude to @JoeBiden and his family. Your strength, hope, and fortitude are an inspiration to me and so many others daily. Thank you for your kindness today and sharing your story with us.”
John McCain also commented on the segment, tweeting, “Thank you @JoeBiden and the entire Biden family for serving as an example and source of strength for my own family.”
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