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Cindy McCain crosses party lines, formally endorses Joe Biden for president

“We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost,” said John McCain’s widow.September 23, 2020, 1:48 AM• 7 min readCindy McCain, the widow of Sen. John McCain, has crossed party lines to offer her endorsement of Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for president, in a statement Tuesday night.”My husband John lived by a code: country first. We…

Cindy McCain crosses party lines, formally endorses Joe Biden for president

“We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost,” said John McCain’s widow.

September 23, 2020, 1:48 AM

7 min read

“My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There’s only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is Joe Biden,” Cindy McCain said.

News of Cindy McCain’s endorsement first came from Biden himself, who revealed during a virtual fundraiser Tuesday afternoon that he was speaking with her about her impending endorsement.

“Maybe I shouldn’t say it, but I’m about to go on one of these Zooms with John McCain’s wife, who… first time ever is endorsing me because of what he talks about with my son and John’s who are heroes, who served their country, you know he [the president] said they’re losers, they’re suckers,” Biden said, alluding to a report by the Atlantic that President Donald Trump made disparaging remarks about service members.

ABC News has not independently confirmed The Atlantic report, which cites four unnamed sources with direct knowledge of the claims.

Prior to her official endorsement of Biden, Cindy McCain hinted at her support, lending her voice to a video highlighting Biden’s friendship with her late husband during the Democratic National Convention in August.

Trump and the late senator had an adversarial relationship throughout the 2016 campaign and Trump’s presidency, with the president arguing that he did not view McCain, who was held as a prisoner of war for more than five years during the Vietnam War, a hero, because he was captured.

The Republican senator, in turn, withdrew his support for Trump during the 2016 election following the release of the Access Hollywood video that featured Trump making lewd comments about women. He also further angered the president by delivering a “thumbs down” vote to thwart efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2017.

Her endorsement also comes as Biden is looking to expand his electoral map to include Cindy McCain’s home state of Arizona, with recent state polling showing he and Trump are in a tight race in the state.

Biden and John McCain shared a bipartisan friendship throughout their long political careers that included facing off against one another in the 2008 presidential election. Following McCain’s death in 2018 from Glioblastoma, Biden gave a tearful eulogy of his friend.

“My name is Joe Biden. I’m a Democrat. And I loved John McCain,” said Biden, who lost his son Beau in 2015 to the same disease that claimed John McCain’s life.

“I always thought of John as a brother,” he added. “We had a hell of a lot of family fights. We go back a long way.”

In a tweet Tuesday night, Biden thanked Cindy McCain for her support.

“Cindy — I’m deeply honored to have your support and your friendship. This election is bigger than any one political party. It requires all of us to come together as one America to restore the soul of the nation. Together, we’ll get it done,” he wrote.


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