Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTrump remembers former 'Apprentice' contestant Meat Loaf: 'Great guy' Rock legend, actor Meat Loaf dies at 74 Effort to overhaul archaic election law wins new momentum MORE said on Friday that no man has better exemplified honor in the past century than Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Redistricting reform key to achieving the bipartisanship Americans claim to want Kelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race MORE (R-Ariz.), shortly after McCain's family announced that he has chosen to discontinue medical treatment for his aggressive brain cancer.
“No man this century better exemplifies honor, patriotism, service, sacrifice, and country first than Senator John McCain,” Romney said in a tweet.
“His heroism inspires, his life shapes our character,” Romney continued. “I am blessed and humbled by our friendship.”
No man this century better exemplifies honor, patriotism, service,— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) August 24, 2018
sacrifice, and country first than Senator John McCain. His heroism
inspires, his life shapes our character. I am blessed and humbled by
McCain faced off with Romney in the GOP presidential primary in 2008, but later ended up endorsing him as McCain went on to run against then-Sen. Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaNo Hillary — the 'Third Way' is the wrong way Biden should pivot to a pro-growth strategy on immigration reform One year on, a critical role needs to be filled by the administration MORE (D-Ill.).
“He clearly ran a very impressive campaign in ’08,” McCain said of Romney at the time.
“Two, there are a lot of admirers of Gov. Romney in my state. He did very well in Arizona in the primary. And he’s viewed by many — I think very appropriately — as one of the leading candidates for the Republican nomination in 2012.”
Romney became the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2012, but went on to lose against Obama. He's currently running for Senate in Utah.
McCain was first diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2017 after he had surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye.
His family’s announcement of his decision to forgo treatment comes days before the Arizona Republican’s 82nd birthday.