Joe Biden eased Meghan McCain’s fears over her father John McCain’s cancer during “The View” on Wednesday.
The Arizona senator was diagnosed earlier this year with glioblastoma, the brain cancer that killed Biden’s son Beau in 2015.
Former Vice President Biden was a guest on the ABC chatfest to promote his new memoir, “Promise Me, Dad,” which focuses on Beau.
“I couldn’t get through your book, I tried,” McCain said, her eyes filling with tears. “Your son Beau had the same cancer that my father was diagnosed with six months ago. I think about Beau almost every day, and I was told that this doesn’t get easier.”
Joe Biden comforts Meghan McCain during his appearance on “The View.”
Biden moved from his seat, took McCain’s hand and sat next to her. He spoke from his heart. “One of the things that gave Beau courage … was John,” Biden said. “Your dad took care of my Beau … became friends with Beau. Beau talked about your dad’s courage. Not about his illness, but about his courage.”
Though they’re on separate sides of the political aisle, Biden has been a longtime friend of McCain’s and tweeted a message of support in July after the senator’s diagnosis.
Glioblastoma is aggressive and quick-spreading due to its association with a large network of blood vessels in the brain. The median survival rate is about 14 months to three years. One study found that 10% of patients live five years or more.
Biden acknowledged that glioblastoma “is about as bad as it gets.” He added that there have been breakthroughs and advances. “There’s a lot of hope there,” Biden said. “And if anybody can make it, (it’s) your dad…. You have to have hope.”