Sen. John McCain speaks out after brain cancer diagnosis: 'I'll be back soon, so stand-by!'

Sen. John McCain on Thursday shared a quick update on Twitter following news that sent shockwaves through Washington that the former 2008 Republican presidential nominee had been diagnosed with brain cancer.

"I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support - unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!" McCain tweeted.

The retired Navy captain received an outpouring of support Wednesday night, including from four presidents — Donald J. Trump, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and the elder George Bush.

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Statement regarding my father @SenJohnMcCain: https://t.co/SMte9Hkwkq
@MeghanMcCain Her words are extraordinary. https://t.co/nikKbSxTLE
Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family. https://t.co/SO4XYgnyug
John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I've ever known. Cancer doesn't know what it's up against. Give it hell, John.
Karen & I are praying for @SenJohnMcCain. Cancer picked on the wrong guy. John McCain is a fighter & he'll win this fight too. God bless!
John McCain is as tough as they come. Thinking of John, Cindy, their wonderful children, & their whole family tonight.
.@SenJohnMcCain is a hero to our Conference and a hero to our country. https://t.co/Ld2lQH1mMn
I love @SenJohnMcCain. Unbeatable, unbreakable. He's Teddy Roosevelt's "man in the arena" even when we're on opposi… https://t.co/rkLNj5ToVL
Praying for my friend @SenJohnMcCain, one of the toughest people I know.
John and I have been friends for 40 years. He's gotten through so much difficulty with so much grace. He is strong - and he will beat this.
.@SenJohnMcCain is an American hero. I pray for him and his family. I look forward to seeing him soon.
.@SenJohnMcCain is a hero, a patriot and a fighter. I am privileged to call him a friend. Paul & I pray for his recovery and his family.
.@SenJohnMcCain has always been a warrior. It's who he is. All of us, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Ameri… https://t.co/wIJTj8tdY7
My friend @SenJohnMcCain is a dogged ole S.O.B. Sharp as hell and tougher than a $2 steak. I look forward to catching up with him soon.
Heidi and I are lifting up @SenJohnMcCain in prayer. He's an American hero who fought, bled, and suffered for our Nation. A true patriot.
As he’s shown his entire life, don’t bet against John McCain. Best wishes to him for a swift recovery.
If there is anyone who knows how to fight against the challenges life throws at us, it's @SenJohnMcCain. Prayers for a speedy recovery.
John McCain is a hero, one of the most respected senators and a friend. The hopes and prayers of the nation are with him and his family.
Hang in there @SenJohnMcCain. You're tough! You can beat this. Fight, fight, fight! I am proud to call you my friend.
Just spoke to @SenJohnMcCain. Tough diagnosis, but even tougher man.
Thinking about a hero, my Chairman, my friend John McCain. Stay strong!
John McCain is one tough fighter - we know he'll face this diagnosis with courage and strength. Our family... https://t.co/XXTUltNGey
Praying for @SenJohnMcCain and his family tonight. You won't meet any stronger and braver than him.
If anyone can survive brain cancer it's @SenJohnMcCain - NH loves you. #hero #fighter #survivor #nhpolitics
J.McCain will be around for a long while. I've always known he'd outlive me. I wrote the eulogy he'll give at my funeral. It's very touching
My thoughts and prayers are with @SenJohnMcCain tonight, his wife @cindymccain and the entire family. Join me in saying a prayer for them.
Hatch statement on @SenJohnMcCain. https://t.co/yG7vi0IGfi
Praying for Senator McCain and his family. https://t.co/f4tcusDWKl
Thinking of Sen McCain and his family tonight. Was so honored to visit the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" with him a few w… https://t.co/XdUust5lBT
John McCain is an American hero and a relentless fighter. I wish him Godspeed in this fight and look fwd to welcoming him back to work soon.
.@SenJohnMcCain our prayers for your recovery and comfort to your family. I have been on @FightBrainTumor board for 14 yrs. We fight on. . .
So sad about @SenJohnMcCain, Lion of the Senate. He's a man of incredible strength & courage-qualities I hope will once again see him thru.
Very sad to hear that @SenJohnMcCain has been diagnosed w/ brain cancer. He's a fighter & a true patriot. Praying that he gets better soon.
Keep @SenJohnMcCain, Cindy, and his family in your thoughts and prayers. He's a fighter, and we hope to see him back in the Senate soon.
My thoughts and prayers are with you @SenJohnMcCain, a true American hero and dedicated public servant.
So sad to hear the heartbreaking news about my friend @SenJohnMcCain. My prayers are w/ the McCain family and w/ John, a true fighter.
I love John McCain. I've traveled with him, I've been tongue lashed by him, I've worked with him, and I wish I could be with him tonight.
Hey John! We can't wait to welcome you to the club. You got this! ❤️@SenJohnMcCain #cancersurvivors
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