FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., pauses before speaking to reporters during a meeting of the National Defense Authorization Act conferees, on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCain’s family says the Arizona senator has chosen to discontinue medical treatment for brain cancer. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The Latest: Pence says he and wife are praying for McCain

August 25, 2018 - 5:07 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (all times local):

8 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence says he and his wife are praying for Sen. John McCain and his family.

The Arizona Republican is suffering from brain cancer and has discontinued medical treatment.

In a tweet Saturday night, Pence writes, "Karen and I are praying for Senator John McCain, Cindy and their family this weekend. May God bless them all during this difficult time."

McCain's wife, Cindy, tweeted earlier Saturday her thanks for people across the globe for their expressions of "love and support."

McCain's family announced the news on Friday about his medical treatment.

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12:55 p.m.

Sen. John McCain's wife is thanking people across the globe for their expressions of "love and support" in the wake of the McCain family's announcement that the Arizona Republican has discontinued medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Cindy McCain says in a tweet that the family "is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from around the world."

John McCain's family announced the news on Friday about his medical treatment.

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12:43 a.m.

Arizona Sen. John McCain has discontinued medical treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer. That's the word from his family.

It's a likely indication that the war hero, presidential nominee and longtime Republican lawmaker is nearing the end of his life.

The 81-year-old McCain has surpassed expectations for survival, but his family says "the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict."

The six-term GOP senator, whose birthday is Aug. 29, has been away from the Capitol since last December.