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 MurkowskiThe Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Budowsky: Kavanaugh and the rights of women Key GOP senators appear cool to Kavanaugh accuser's demand 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 McCainTrump administration weakens methane pollution standards for drilling on public lands Another recession could hit US in 2019, says credit union association chief R-E-S-P-E-C-T: One legacy of Franklin and McCain is up to us 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.