Harry Reid Has Pancreatic Cancer; McCain Tweets “Prayers & Best Wishes”

Former Sen. Harry Reid has surgery for pancreatic cancer; McCain Tweets support

(CNN) Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer Monday, according to a statement from Reid’s family.

The news of Reid’s cancer was first reported by a reporter at local station KLAS, a CNN affiliate.

Members of both parties publicly showed their support for Reid. Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, at home in Arizona where he himself is battling brain cancer, weighed in to send his prayers and best wishes to his former Senate colleague from across the aisle.

“From one cantankerous senator to another, sending my prayers & best wishes to @SenatorReid as he recovers from a successful surgery,” McCain tweeted.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat who succeeded Reid as minority leader, tweeted shortly after the news broke.

“Spoken to family and it seems @SenatorReid’s operation went well. We are all praying for dear Harry’s speedy recovery,” he tweeted.

Nevada Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto also issued a statement Monday, highlighting Reid’s history as a fighter.

“Senator Reid is no stranger to a fight. He beat his opponents in the boxing ring, took on the mob in Nevada, and moved bills in the Senate that no one believed could be done,” Cortez Masto said.

“He’ll beat cancer too. I wish him a speedy and successful recovery.” Read the full story at CNN.

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