At his ranch, John McCain urges Joe Biden not to walk away from politics

Battling brain cancer at his family ranch in Arizona, 81-year-old Sen. John McCain has been sharing his hopes for the future of the country and reflections on his political life with friends who visit. For former Vice President Joe Biden, McCain’s message was a simple one: don’t “walk away” from politics, Biden told The New York Times, describing his conversation with the Arizona Republican.

McCain and Biden may be on opposite sides of the aisle, but through their decades in politics they’ve forged a friendship, as did McCain with Biden’s two sons. Biden has yet to make any announcement about whether he will run in 2020, after declining to run in 2016 following the death of his son, Beau. After visiting McCain last weekend at his ranch, Biden told the Times the Arizona senator is still preoccupied with the future of the country.

“Here John knows he’s in a very, very, very precarious situation, and yet he’s still concerned about the state of the country,” Mr. Biden said in an interview. “We talked about how our international reputation is being damaged and we talked about the need for people to stand up and speak out.”

Looking back, McCain has some regrets. In a new HBO documentary, McCain says he wished he had selected his friend Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman as his running…

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