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GOP senator suggests John McCain voted against the ObamaCare repeal because of his brain tumor

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) suggested in a radio interview Tuesday that Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) vote against Senate Republicans' ObamaCare repeal might have had something to do with his recent brain cancer diagnosis. "I'm not gonna 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.

Shocked, the radio host asked for clarification. "I mean he ... just had recovered from [surgery] and then flew all the way to Washington, D.C., but you really think that that played a factor in his judgment call?" the host asked.

"Again, I don't know exactly what — we really thought that, and again I don't want speak for any senator — I really thought John was going to vote yes to send that to conference at 10:30 at night," Johnson said. "By about 1, 1:30, he voted no. So you have talk to John in terms what was on his mind."

McCain's decision to join Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine) in voting no effectively killed Republicans' seven-year effort to repeal ObamaCare. He'd indicated prior to the vote that he had hesitations.

Listen to Johnson's remarks below. Becca Stanek