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Arizona GOP Senate Candidate Suggests McCain Health Announcement Timed to Hurt Her Campaign

Arizona Republican candidate for Senate, Kelli Ward, suggested that former Senator John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) announcement that he was ceasing treatment for brain cancer ahead of his passing was timed to hurt her campaign to replace outgoing Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

Hours before McCain’s passing on Saturday, Ward wrote in a since-deleted comment on a friend’s Facebook post questioning the timing, “I think they wanted to have a particular narrative that they hope is negative to me”:

In a since-deleted follow-up post, Ward reportedly blamed the media for “making something out of nothing” and loving a “narrative” while also expressing “compassion” for the McCain family.

On Sunday, she reiterated her condolences for the late senator’s widow and children in a Facebook post lashing out at the left, which included screenshots of critical messages she has since received:

The Left is hateful, foul-mouthed, and easily misled. I do thank them (especially the out of staters) for increasing the…

Posted by Dr. Kelli Ward on Sunday, August 26, 2018

Ward’s original comment and her backtracking follow negative remarks she hurled towards McCain on the campaign trail on Friday. Her subsequent comments about his health announcement were met with backlash:

Senator McCain passed away on Saturday night after battling terminal brain cancer, which was diagnosed last year, and dedicating a lifetime of service to the United States.

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