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Meghan McCain says ‘people will always remember’ Sen. John McCain

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2008 file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., accompanied by his daughter Meghan McCain, waves to supporters as he enters a campaign rally in Defiance, Ohio. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

PHOENIX — As U.S. Sen. John McCain’s health remains up in the air as he nears the anniversary of his cancer diagnosis, his family members have been left to face what his legacy will be once the Arizona senator is gone.

Meghan McCain, the senator’s daughter and one of the co-hosts on ABC’s “The View,” and Mark McKinnon, the chief media adviser to McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, addressed this topic in a bonus clip of Showtime’s “The Circus.” (WARNING: The clip contains some explicit language.) 

The pair were dining and talking about the senator’s omnipresence in Washington, D.C., despite the fact that McCain has been in Arizona since he was hospitalized with a viral infection in December.

“He’s released an audio of his book and he has a book coming out so that’s why people probably are feeling him too and he’s still here, tweeting and putting out statements and speaking,” Meghan McCain told McKinnon.

McCain added that she believes her father will be remembered long after he is gone.

“I think he’s going to remain forever and I’m going to make [expletive] [expletive] sure that his voice stays forever with his institute,” she said in the clip.

“You know, it’s been weird to even talk about this. But yeah, people will always remember him no matter what as long as I’m alive and breathing.”

McCain also addressed her concerns with the lack of McCain-esque politicians in D.C.

“I was hopeful that there would be more people like him coming up, there’s really not that many,” she said.

“Maybe Ben Sasse is the person that I sort of feel comfortable with, at least morally and ideologically aligned in the same way my dad is, but it makes me sad. I hope he’s not a Ted Kennedy line of the Senate time gone by. I hope that’s not what happens to our country.”

McCain, a 81-year-old former Navy pilot, has been fighting cancer since he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer, in July 2017.

The typical survival period after a diagnosis is 12 to 15 months, though a small percentage live longer than five years.

McCain recently underwent surgery at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix to treat an intestinal infection related to diverticulitis.

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