Pa. rep: McCain will vote ‘no’ on repeal because ‘he’s staring death in the face’
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U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) says that Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump's dangerous Guantánamo fixation will fuel fire for terrorists Tech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Ad encourages GOP senator to vote 'no' on tax bill MORE (R-Ariz.) will vote against the latest GOP bill aimed at repealing ObamaCare because "he's staring death in the face," PoliticsPA reported.

“McCain I’m worried about. Also because the governor of Arizona came out in favor of the Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamAlabama election has GOP racing against the clock Graham on Moore: 'We are about to give away a seat' key to Trump's agenda Tax plans show Congress putting donors over voters MORE, Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTrump met Senate Republicans on ObamaCare fix Senate GOP tax bill will include repeal of ObamaCare mandate Alabama GOP chair warns party officials against write-in campaign MORE bill. So that puts pressure on McCain. But man, something tells me McCain, he’s staring death in the face right now, so he’s probably gonna make good choices. He’s not going to bend to political pressure,” Cartwright said in a 23-second clip from a recent event with constituents.

The clip was obtained by the America Rising PAC, a conservative group that exists "for the sole purpose of exposing the truth about Democrats through video tracking," according to its website.

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“For Congressman Cartwright to callously use the illness of an American hero for political reasons is both outrageous and offensive. Senator McCain deserves an immediate apology from the Congressman,” said the PAC's Executive Director Alexandra Smith. 

Cartwright later apologized for his comments, saying “I want to express my deep admiration for Senator McCain and gratitude for his service to our nation. I have reached out to apologize directly to him and his family for my statement about his illness, which I agree was insensitive, and which has clearly offended the McCain family." Cartwright wished McCain a "speedy and full recovery."

The Senate is ready to debate a new ObamaCare repeal bill sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) next week, which would repackage ObamaCare funding into block grants to the states. 

McCain previously broke with the GOP Senate majority to vote against a "skinny" ObamaCare repeal bill this summer. He returned to the Senate shortly after his brain cancer diagnosis to dramatically cast the vote against the bill with a thumbs-down gesture. His vote left the measure one vote short of passing.

McCain has remained undecided on the Graham-Cassidy bill, telling reporters Monday “I am not supportive of the bill yet.”