Sen. Ron Johnson, R-WI, walked back his remarks about Sen. John McCain’s, R-AZ, during a radio interview Thursday, saying he has the “deepest respect” for the Arizona Senator.
In an interview Tuesday, Johnson questioned whether McCain’s recent diagnosis with brain cancer may have played a role in his “no” vote on the latest plan from Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“In no way was I trying to criticize him. If anything, I was trying to defend his position. A lot of us had a real problem with that skinny repeal and we weren’t going to vote for it until we got that assurance from Paul (Ryan),” Johnson said Thursday during an appearance on CNN. “I was trying to defend his position and truthfully express my sympathy for his health condition.”
While speaking with “Chicago Morning Answer” on Tuesday, Johnson said McCain’s condition and the fact that the vote took place late in the evening may have played into his vote against the plan.
“Again, I’m not going to speak for John McCain, you know, 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.
McCain’s office said Wednesday that the comments were “bizarre and deeply unfortunate.”