Manchin bashes GOP candidate for pushing McCain to resign

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinBiden promises Democratic senators help in battleground states Senate leaders quash talk of rank-and-file COVID-19 deal OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats tee up vote on climate-focused energy bill next week | EPA reappoints controversial leader to air quality advisory committee | Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' MORE (D-W.Va.) hit a former political opponent of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Saturday after she said McCain should resign following his cancer diagnosis.

"In all the ways I measure good Senate colleagues (honor, class, integrity) Kelli Ward falls short. [People] like her aren't welcome in the US Sen," Manchin said. 

Ward said this week that "the medical reality of [McCain's] diagnosis is grim," and he should consider stepping down and having her take his place.

"Senator McCain has an aggressive brain cancer that is both devastating and debilitating. When the time comes that Senator McCain can no longer perform his duties in the Senate at full capacity, he owes it to the people of Arizona to step aside," Ward said.


When asked if her name was being considered as a replacement, Ward responded: "I certainly hope so."

Manchin said in another tweet that "people like Kelli Ward are what's wrong with politics today. The people of AZ deserve representatives with dignity & decency."

McCain has made no suggestion that he will step down, and said in a tweet that he will be "back soon" to the Senate.