Collins: McCain struggled with vote on ObamaCare repeal

Collins: McCain struggled with vote on ObamaCare repeal
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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Sunday recounted the night last summer when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) voted against a GOP repeal of ObamaCare with an iconic thumbs-down gesture on the Senate floor.

Collins, appearing on CNN’s "State of the Union," said that she and Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGOP Sen. Collins says she'll back resolution to block Trump's emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times The 10 GOP senators who may break with Trump on emergency MORE (R-Alaska), the other two Republicans to vote no, crossed the Senate floor that night to discuss the vote with McCain while he was still determining how to vote. Collins said McCain was struggling with his vote.

“And all of a sudden, he pointed to the two of us and said, ‘You two are right.’ And that’s when I knew he was going to vote no,” she said.

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Collins noted that McCain was then approached by Vice President Pence, who was sent to lobby McCain to support the measure.

“But once John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMellman: Where are good faith and integrity? GOP senator says Republicans didn't control Senate when they held majority Pence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech MORE made up his mind about something, there was no shaking him,” Collins said. “And I knew he would be there on the final vote. And again it was an example of his determination to do what he thought was right.”

McCain’s was the decisive vote that killed Senate Republicans' last-ditch attempt to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act.

McCain, who had served in the Senate since 1987, died Saturday at 81. His family announced Friday that he had chosen to discontinue treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer. His death has sparked an outpouring of tributes from both Republicans and Democrats.