Carper Statement on Senator John McCain

WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper, a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, released the following statement on the announcement that Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

“I was privileged to serve with John McCain during the Vietnam War, where he was a hero and a POW. We were members of different squadrons and flew aboard different aircrafts, but I had huge respect for him then and never imagined that we would someday serve together in Congress. Years after we were both elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, we worked together to normalize U.S. relations with Vietnam. 

“As luck would have it, we both retired as captains in the U.S. Navy and ended up here in the U.S. Senate. I’ve always admired his independence and his willingness to take on tough issues, and we have plenty of those facing Congress today. My message to John: get well and come back. We need you now more than ever.”

To download an Mp4 video of Senator Carper speaking about John McCain, click here.