In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) claims that his current term will be his last, after being diagnosed with a very serious form of brain cancer.
“This is my last term. If I hadn’t admitted that to myself before this summer, a stage 4 cancer diagnosis acts as ungentle persuasion,” he wrote. “I’m freer than colleagues who will face the voters again. I can speak my mind without fearing the consequences much. And I can vote my conscience without worry.”
McCain also says the knowledge that this may be his last term in office has freed him from the confines of political nicety. He says he feels empowered to speak his mind, even if it means vocally opposing the current presidential administration and members of his own party.
In a passage devoted to President Donald Trump, McCain says, “He has declined to distinguish the actions of our government from the crimes of despotic ones. The appearance of toughness, or a reality show facsimile of toughness, seems to matter more than any of our values.”
McCain also says he hopes that, someday, Congress can return to an era of bipartisanship and compromise for the good of the country.
The book, “Restless Wave,” is due out in late spring. McCain is currently on leave from Congress, recovering from what CNN describes as the side effects of cancer treatment, at his home in Sedona, Arizona.