Graham on McCain cancer diagnosis: 'This disease has never had a more worthy opponent'

Graham on McCain cancer diagnosis: 'This disease has never had a more worthy opponent'
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden meets with lawmakers amid domestic agenda panic The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - House Democrats plagued by Biden agenda troubles Graham tries to help Trump and McConnell bury the hatchet MORE (R-S.C.) responded on Wednesday to the news that Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCollins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Meghan McCain: Country has not 'healed' from Trump under Biden Biden steps onto global stage with high-stakes UN speech MORE (R-Ariz.) has been diagnosed with brain cancer, saying the disease "never had a more worthy opponent."

"God knows how this ends, not me," Graham told reporters after speaking with McCain. "But what I do know is this disease has never had a more worthy opponent."

McCain and Graham share a close friendship and are widely known as a duo in Washington. They frequently take up similar initiatives and are both known for their direct mannerisms on Capitol Hill.


Graham said Wednesday night that he and McCain only spoke briefly about the Arizona Republican's diagnosis before chatting instead about healthcare and the National Defense Authorization Act. 

"Literally, it went five minutes until we turned away from what I think most people have a hard time absorbing and focused on what he loves the best," Graham said.

McCain, 80, was diagnosed with brain cancer after undergoing a minor procedure on Friday to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.

McCain and his family are currently considering treatment with his doctors, according to a statement released by the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix Wednesday.