McCain casts crucial vote to kill ‘skinny’ ObamaCare repeal

Sen. John McCainJohn McCain‘Morning Joe’: It’s ‘Failure Friday’ for Trump White House Cruz: Many Americans feel betrayed by failure to repeal ObamaCare ‘House of Cards’ creator calls McCain vote an act of heroism MORE (R-Ariz.) cast the crucial surprise vote that killed the last-resort Senate Republican ObamaCare repeal bill early Friday morning in a shocking moment that at least temporarily ended the GOP’s hopes of eliminating the former president’s signature law.

Voting shortly after midnight, McCain — who returned to the Senate on Tuesday after undergoing emergency surgery related to brain cancer — joined GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsCruz: Many Americans feel betrayed by failure to repeal ObamaCare ‘House of Cards’ creator calls McCain vote an act of heroism WATCH: Viral video shows protesters outside Capitol learning ObamaCare repeal bill would fail MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiCruz: Many Americans feel betrayed by failure to repeal ObamaCare ‘House of Cards’ creator calls McCain vote an act of heroism WATCH: Viral video shows protesters outside Capitol learning ObamaCare repeal bill would fail MORE (Alaska) in opposing the measure that would have repealed key parts of ObamaCare.

McCain cast the “no” vote two days after a dramatic return to the Senate floor during which he called on his colleagues to work together on major issues, which has long been a Senate tradition until the upsurge of partisanship in recent years.

The vote cements McCain’s status as the Senate’s maverick, a role he relished earlier in his career when President George W. Bush occupied the White House.

McCain, who was defeated in the 2008 presidential election that brought Barack ObamaBarack ObamaCruz: Many Americans feel betrayed by failure to repeal ObamaCare McCain casts crucial vote to kill ‘skinny’ ObamaCare repeal Panetta on transgender ban: Trump should pay the military a visit MORE to power, has emerged this year as one of President…

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