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Looking at John McCain’s singular role in the Senate and US politics

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U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) addresses the Heritage Foundation December 15, 2009 in Washington, DC. Sen. Alex Wong/Getty Images

War hero. Maverick Republican. John McCain is a politician like no other.

The senator from Arizona has been diagnosed with a brain tumor after doctors removed a blood clot above his left eye last week, his office said in a statement Wednesday. The 80-year-old Republican has glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer, according to doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. The senator and his family are reviewing further treatment, including a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.

Doctors say McCain is recovering from his surgery amazingly well and his underlying health is excellent, according to the statement. On AirTalk today, a look at McCain’s career and role in the Senate.

With AP files.

Guests:

Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times congressional reporter; she tweets @LisaMascaro

Bill Jones, former California Secretary of State and former Republican Assembly Minority Leader; he was John McCain’s campaign chair for California in 2008; he was also worked as one of the chairs on McCain’s 2000 campaign

Dan Schnur, director of AJC Los Angeles, a Jewish advocacy group; he was the communications director for Sen. John McCain in 2000

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