FILE - In this July 27, 2017 file photo, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis. listens as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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GOP Sen. Ron Johnson: John McCain's brain tumor may have affected health care vote

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On Tuesday, Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin gave an interview with “Chicago’s Morning Answer,” in which he speculated that McCain’s brain tumor may have played a factor in the Arizona senator’s vote. CNN’s K-File uploaded a clip of that interview to Soundcloud:

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In the clip, Johnson said House Speaker Paul Ryan told Republican senators that the “skinny repeal” bill would not pass in the House of Representatives as it was written. If the Senate had voted for the bill, it would have gone to conference, where amendments would have been added.

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Johnson then said, “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 may have factored it.”

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The host seemed taken aback by the remark, asking, "Really?” Johnson reiterated that he does not want to speak for McCain but said, “I really thought John was going to vote yes to send that to conference at 10:30 at night. By about 1, 1:30, he voted no. So you have talk to John in terms what was on his mind.”

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