Ducey won't say White House should apologize over McCain comments

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Gov. Doug Ducey didn't specifically say the White House should apologize over aide's remark on McCain. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Gov. Doug Ducey didn't specifically say the White House should apologize over aide's remark on McCain. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Last week, it was reported that Kelly Sadler, who works on Trump's communication team at the White House, said McCain's opinion on a nominee for CIA director didn't matter because "he's dying anyway." (Source: Twitter) Last week, it was reported that Kelly Sadler, who works on Trump's communication team at the White House, said McCain's opinion on a nominee for CIA director didn't matter because "he's dying anyway." (Source: Twitter)
Last summer, Sen. McCain was diagnosed with a life-threatening form of brain cancer and has not returned to the Senate this year. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Last summer, Sen. McCain was diagnosed with a life-threatening form of brain cancer and has not returned to the Senate this year. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Over the past week, Republican lawmakers have called on the White House to apologize for grim remarks made about Arizona Sen. John McCain, but the not the state's governor, Doug Ducey.

On Tuesday, Ducey said the comments made by an aide to President Trump were, "inappropriate," but stopped short calling for an apology.

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"I'm just going to state my respect for the McCain family, the comfort I want to send them, I know, everyone knows, I hold Sen. McCain in the highest regard," the governor told reporters.

Ducey's reaction differed from other lawmakers like Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida.

[RELATED: Meghan McCain asks how WH staffer who joked about her father's brain cancer still has a job]

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When asked if the Trump White House should apologize, Rubio said, "I believe so. Certainly, the comments that were made, if in fact they were made and no one's denied that they were made, I find them to be offensive."

[RELATED: White House refuses comment about Sadler's McCain remark]

Last week, it was reported that Kelly Sadler, who works on Trump's communication team at the White House, said McCain's opinion on a nominee for CIA director didn't matter because "he's dying anyway."

[RELATED: WH press secretary berates staff for leak of Sadler's McCain comment]

Last summer, the Arizona senator was diagnosed with a life-threatening form of brain cancer and has not returned to the Senate this year.

President Trump has not apologized and blew off questions from reporters on Tuesday.

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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