AUSTIN (KXAN) — Sen. John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain is in Austin Friday to accept an award on behalf of her father.
The LBJ Foundation is honoring the Arizona senator with its most prestigious award, the LBJ Liberty and Justice for All Award.
The foundation says the award “honors those, like Senator McCain, who carry on President Johnson’s legacy, personifying the mission he defined as our country’s most basic: to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man.”
“I just think he’s honored,” Meghan McCain said. “Being in this library and this kind of place, I think he definitely wishes he could be here obviously.”
The former Republican presidential nominee was diagnosed with brain cancer last year.
“He’s still doing treatment, and he’s doing the best he can,” his daughter said. According to Meghan, the senator has a steady stream of visitors, and he hops on conference calls whenever he can to check on what’s going on in Washington D.C.
“It’s like a conveyor belt of friends coming in which is really nice. I never know who’s going to be there on the weekends when I go,” she said. “I know he’s definitely plugged in. He sends out tweets, and he’s staying up on everything in every way.”
“He’s a patriot. He embodies nobility and civility,” said Mark Updegrove, president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation. “This award is about serving fellow Americans.”
It’s not clear when Sen. McCain will be able to return to Washington. But his vote could be critical in several key decisions like filling outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat.
“I think even people that don’t like Trump and Republicans who sort of like gritted their teeth and voted for him anyway, the Supreme Court is a big issue why people ended up voting for him,” Meghan said.
She went to say “I’m personally a fan of Mike Lee to be the next Supreme Court choice.” He’s a senator from Utah.
“I think he’s a strict constitutionalist,” Meghan explained she would like to see someone who holds similar values has the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
The LBJ Foundation says the Johnson and McCain families share a long history of public service.
Lyndon Johnson served with McCain’s grandfather in the Pacific during World War II. During the Vietnam War, Sen. McCain’s father, Admiral John McCain Jr., was commander-in-chief of Pacific forces, overseeing more than one million soldiers, sailors and airmen.
And, Lyndon Johnson was president when McCain was shot down and taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese.