Former Vice President Joe Biden comforted “The View” co-host Meghan McCain on Wednesday after the daughter of Sen. John McCain became emotional in discussing her father’s brain cancer diagnosis.
John McCain was diagnosed earlier this year with the same type of cancer that Biden’s son, Beau, died from in 2015. Biden appeared on “The View” to promote his new memoir, “Promise Me, Dad,” which focuses on Beau, who served as Delaware’s attorney general.
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“I couldn’t get through your book, I tried,” McCain said, tearing up. “I think about Beau almost every day, and I was told that this doesn’t get easier.”
Biden moved from his spot at the other end of the table to sit beside McCain and take her hand while he spoke about his close friendship with her father and Beau Biden’s admiration for the senator, whom he first met as a young man.
“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.”
Biden, who has devoted time since leaving office to finding a cure for cancer, also brought up several medical breakthroughs and ongoing projects that he said should give “hope” to anyone who faces this particular diagnosis.
“There’s a lot of hope there,” Biden said. “And if anybody can make it, it’s your dad.”
In emotional moment on @TheView, Joe Biden consoles Meghan McCain, whose father was diagnosed with same cancer Biden's late son Beau had. "There is hope. And if anybody can make it, your dad [can]." pic.twitter.com/tQUy11X5sV
— ABC News (@ABC) December 13, 2017