Staff Report INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosier leaders are sharing encouraging words with U.S. Sen. John McCain following his brain cancer diagnosis. McCain is known as a tough fighter, both in politics and during his time spent as a POW in Vietnam. U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, who represents Indiana’s 6th District as a Republican, said McCain will apply all the strength he’s shown in the past to this fight as well. [caption id="attachment_32374" align="alignright" width="268"]

‘American hero’ McCain gains support from Hoosiers in his cancer battle

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona[/caption] “Very sad news but I know Sen. John McCain will give cancer everything he's got,” Messer posted on Twitter. “Continuing to pray for him and his family,” Gov. Eric Holcomb also offered support and prayers on his Twitter account. U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, a Republican representing Indiana’s 2nd District, released a statement expressing her support. “John McCain is an American hero and a patriot,” she said. “He and his family will be in my prayers as he faces this challenge with the same courage he has always shown.” McCain served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years, and received many awards for his service, including a Silver Star, Legion of Merit and Purple Heart. Arizona elected him to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and then the U.S. Senate in 1986. He was the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in the 2008 election. Politicians across the country, including Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, are cheering McCain on in his latest battle in life, saying that he’s never put up a bad fight before. “John McCain is undoubtedly the toughest man in the United States Senate. He is an American hero and has served our country like few ever will,” said Ducey on Facebook. “Senator McCain has set an example for all Americans in the toughest of fights, in the most difficult circumstances. I have no doubt he'll do it again.” McCain spoke out on Twitter Thursday after the news of his diagnosis, bringing some levity to the heavy topic. “I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support,” he wrote. “Unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!” McCain is already back to work. He released a statement Thursday criticizing the White House after reports that the administration is ending a program to assist the Syrian rebels. is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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