Fellow senator gives an update on John McCain’s greatest battle

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., accompanied by his wife Cindy McCain, waves to supporters after they dropped off their ballots at a polling station Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Phoenix. The incumbent McCain is running against Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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The junior senator from Arizona says Sen. John McCain told him about his brain tumor only at the end of a telephone conversation, saying he was “feeling fine, but [he] might have some chemotherapy in [his] future.”

Sen. Jeff Flake says his colleague is “optimistic, obviously. He’s John McCain. That’s what we’d expect.”

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The tumor was discovered when doctors removed a blood clot from above McCain’s left eye.

Speaking Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Flake said it is not yet clear when McCain might be able to return to the Senate.

Flake calls him an “elder statesman” and “a steady force, one who stands for the institution and bipartisanship,” adding that he cannot “overstate what an impact he has in the Senate.”

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