After Arizona Senator John McCain went for a routine medical checkup in July, his doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix called him back to the office. “You’ve got to come back…it’s very serious,” McCain recounts the conversation to Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes. He was told he had a blood clot over his left eye. After his operation, he was diagnosed with “one of the most virulent and deadly forms of brain cancer.”
For the 60 Minutes segment, Stahl also interviews McCain’s wife of 37 years, Cindy Lou Hensley McCain, who is 18 years his junior. (McCain is 81, his wife is 63.) Together they have two daughters (Meghan, Bridget) and two sons (Jack, Jimmy). Prior to marrying McCain in 1980, Cindy McCain received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Southern California and was a special education teacher. In 2000, just three months after John McCain withdrew from the Republican presidential campaign (against George W. Bush), Cindy McCain’s father, Jim Hensley (one of the richest men in Arizona), died and left his entire estate to her. Hensley was the founder of Hensley & Co., one of the largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributors in the U.S. Cindy McCain inherited majority control and became chair of the $350 million-a-year company. John McCain worked at Hensley (as VP of Public Relations) for a year prior to launching his Congressional career in 1982. 60 Minutes airs at 7:30pm on Sunday, September 24 on CBS.