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Sen. Ron Johnson: McCain Comment 'Misconstrued'

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By    |   Thursday, 10 Aug 2017 09:25 AM

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said on Thursday that a comment he made about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., voting down the Obamacare repeal was "misconstrued."

"I think my comments were completely misconstrued. I was trying, first of all, to defend John's position," Johnson said on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

"A lot of us were pretty upset about the process, and I was also just being sympathetic with his condition…I've got nothing but a great deal of respect for John McCain," Johnson said in the CNBC interview.

On Wednesday, Johnson made a comment on a Chicago radio station that McCain's brain cancer diagnosis could have had an effect on his voting down the repeal.

"I'm not going to speak for John McCain — he has a brain tumor right now — that vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning, some of that might have factored in," Johnson said on "Chicago's Morning Answer." 

"It is bizarre and deeply unfortunate that Senator Johnson would question the judgment of a colleague and a friend," said Julie Tarallo, McCain spokeswoman, after Johnson's radio comment.

Also on Thursday, Johnson credited McCain during an appearance on CNN's "New Day."

"I just have the greatest respect for John McCain… he's not impaired in any way, shape, or form," Johnson said in the "New Day" interview.

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Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said on Thursday that a comment he made about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., voting down the Obamacare repeal was "misconstrued."
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