Former McCain rival suggests he resign because of cancer

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Posted: Jul 21, 2017 7:05 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Arizona Republican who tried to oust Sen. John McCain last year is suggesting that he resign because he's been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Kelli Ward says in a statement Friday that McCain's illness is debilitating.

She says the Senate is facing complicated problems, and "Arizona deserves to be represented by someone who can focus on those challenges."

Ward — a doctor — calls the diagnosis "grim."

She says that if McCain can no longer perform his duties, "he owes it to the people of Arizona to step aside."

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The former state senator is running this year against Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, also a Republican.

She has met with White House officials about the campaign.

She says her prayers are with McCain and his family.