Joe Biden consoles an emotional Meghan McCain on 'The View'

Joe Biden consoles an emotional Meghan McCain on 'The View'

Earlier Wednesday, McCain's daughter, Meghan McCain, began crying while discussing her father's battle with brain cancer on ABC's "The View".

Mr Biden stood up and moved from his seat to sit next to her and hold her hand.

"I couldn't get through your book, I tried", she said. The book is a tough read for anyone, but Meghan admitted that she found it impossible to get through after her own father's diagnosis.

Biden expressed the importance of having and maintaining hope after a cancer diagnosis. "I think about Beau nearly every day, and I was told that this doesn't get easier". The former vice president knows firsthand how hard it can be to watch a family member suffer from cancer; his son Beau died in 2015, also from glioblastoma. "And Beau talked about your dad's courage".

In July, McCain, who has served Arizona in Congress since 1982, announced he was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, days after he underwent a craniotomy to remove a blood clot above his eye. "You may remember when you were a little kid, your dad took care of my Beau".

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The 81-year-old Sen McCain was first elected to the Senate in 1986 and won the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.

Biden shared that "her dad is one of my best friends". He then spoke about the breakthroughs occurring in cancer research every day, saying that these massive breakthroughs could happen at anytime: "It could happen tomorrow".

"We were like two brothers who were somehow raised by different fathers because of our different points of views", he said, before making a reference to their last run for the White House. "One of the things that gave Beau courage - my word - was John", Biden said, referring to Meghan's father. "I think about Beau nearly every day".

McCain responded, "Thank you for your compassion, you're a great hope to me and everyone else in the country right now". But that's exactly what happened when former Vice President Joe Biden dropped by to discuss his new book Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and goal.

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