Senator John McCain gave his first full TV interview since his diagnosis of brain cancer this morning, joining Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State Of The Union.” After assuring everyone that he’s getting the best care possible, giving shout-outs to the Mayo Clinic and the National Institute Of Health for the quality of their care and claiming that the treatments have only increased his energy, he waxed philosophical saying “You know, every life has to end one way or another.”
That the brain cancer hasn’t affected McCain’s reasoning was clear when Tapper asked him why his Republican colleagues in Congress continue to deny that climate change exists and is affected by human activity, despite the recent devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
“I don’t know because I can’t divine their motives,” McCain replied. “There is [sic] things happening with the climate in the world that is [sic] unprecedented,” he added. “We have to understand that the climate may be changing and we can take commonsense measures which will not harm the American people.”
McCain may be smart enough to not deny the reality of climate change, but his opinion on what constitutes a “commonsense measure” won’t please environmentalists much. While he praised the use of solar and wind energy solutions, he also pushed for nuclear power to be a part of the clean energy mix without offering solutions to the issue of nuclear waste or acknowledging the potentially disastrous consequences of situations like what happened at the Fukushima reactor in Japan.
Senator McCain also weighed in on other issues, including another plea for a return to bi-partisan debate in Congress as a way out of the politically toxic environment the legislative body currently finds itself in.
Check out the full interview on “State Of The Union” here.