Joe Biden Comforts Meghan McCain In Emotional Moment On 'The View'

For a brief moment, partisan politics seemed to evaporate.

For a brief moment, former vice president Joe Biden and co-host Meghan McCain seemed to overcome the bitterness of politics in 2017. Biden was on The View Wednesday when McCain began talking about her dad, Sen. John McCain, who has been diagnosed with glioblastoma. The aggressive brain cancer is the same diagnosis that Biden's son Beau received, a diagnosis that eventually took his life. 


McCain, whose father is one of the longest-serving Republicans in Congress, told Biden that she couldn't even finish his new book "Promise Me, Dad." 

"I think about Beau almost every day," McCain said, choking up. "And I was told that it doesn't get easier, but that you cultivate the tools to work with this and live with this. I know you and your family have been through tragedy that I couldn't conceive of."

As she began to cry, Biden switched seats to move closer to McCain and took her hand.

"One of the things that gave Beau courage, my word, was John," Biden said. "You may remember when you were a little kid, your dad took care of my Beau... And Beau talked about your dad's courage — not about illness, but about his courage." 

Biden, of course, was the running mate of former president Barack Obama in 2008 when they defeated McCain in the presidential race. Even then, there was a certain decency and respect evident in interactions between the political rivals. Lots of people celebrated the moment when McCain shot down rumors about Obama during a 2008 town hall meeting. 

While holding McCain's hand, Biden began explaining some of the new treatments for glioblastoma that have come out in the last few years. Biden founded the Biden Cancer Initiative after Obama embraced his "cancer moonshot" idea to help accelerate the process of finding a cure for cancer. In 2016, Obama used his State of the Union address to announce that Biden was launching an initiative together to help pool federal resources in an effort to develop a cancer vaccine or a cure for cancer. 

"We got to just keep moving like this is going to happen," Biden said on The View. "I swear, guys, we are going to beat this damned disease. We really are."


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