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John McCain: ‘Every life has to end one way or another’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain says battling brain cancer is a challenge but that his prognosis is “pretty good.”

Speaking in his first interview since his diagnosis, McCain acknowledged the situation has been tough on his family but says he is optimistic. He told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview that he has “faced other challenges” and he’s “very confident about getting through this as well.”

“Again, I”m not trying to paint this as a rosy picture,” McCain said. “This is a very virulent form of cancer.

“Every life has to end one way or another. I think it was a playwrite … he said, ‘I always knew that no one could live forever but I always thought there would be one exception.’ So you’ve got to have joy — joy. Listen, those joyful memories of the campaign in 2000 are some of the most enjoyable times of my life. We were the underdogs, we were fighting our way up. We went to Sedona. I mean, everything was so magic about that campaign, and I’m very grateful for having the opportunity. Remember, I”m the guy who stood fifth from the bottom of his class in the Naval Academy.”

The 81-year-old Arizona senator says he will have a MRI Monday and that his test results so far have been “excellent.”

McCain returned to Washington last week as the Senate returned from its summer break.

He says he will be focusing on a defense bill this week.

Asked by Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” how he wants to be remembered, McCain said: He “served this country and I hope we could add honorably.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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