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

05:40  23 september  2020
05:40  23 september  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Cindy McCain has endorsed Joe Biden for president , a stunning rebuke of Donald Trump by the widow of the Republican party ’s 2008 nominee. Biden told donors on Tuesday evening that McCain ’s endorsement was coming “because of what (Trump) talks about how my son and John and

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Cindy 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.

Cindy McCain standing in front of a laptop: Cindy McCain speaks onstage during the U.S.VETS Salute Gala on Nov. 05, 2019, in Los Angeles. © FilmMagic for U.S.VETS via Getty Images, FILE Cindy McCain speaks onstage during the U.S.VETS Salute Gala on Nov. 05, 2019, in Los Angeles.

"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.

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"Joe and I don't always agree on the issues, and I know he and John certainly had some passionate arguments, but he is a good and honest man. He will lead us with dignity. He will be a commander in chief that the finest fighting force in the history of the world can depend on, because he knows what it is like to send a child off to fight," she continued. "There is too much at risk in this election to sit on the sidelines. Everything this country stands for is on the line. I'll be putting our country first and voting for Joe Biden, and I hope you will join me."

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.

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Not since FDR's youngest son John Roosevelt seconded Richard Nixon's nomination for president at the Republican National Convention in 1960 has a family member of a past major party nominee come as close to endorsing a candidate of the other party as Cindy McCain did on Wednesday.

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"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.

Cindy McCain standing in front of a curtain: Cindy McCain speaks onstage during the U.S.VETS Salute Gala on Nov. 05, 2019, in Los Angeles. © FilmMagic for U.S.VETS via Getty Images, FILE Cindy McCain speaks onstage during the U.S.VETS Salute Gala on Nov. 05, 2019, in Los Angeles.

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.

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Cindy McCain is lending her voice to a video to be shown at the Democratic National Convention on “My husband and Vice President Biden enjoyed a 30+ year friendship dating back to before their John McCain was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, and Cindy McCain ’s appearance

Cindy McCain , the widow of the late Sen. John McCain , R-Ariz. tweeted that she had "no intention of getting involved in presidential politics," putting to rest speculation that she might be wading into the presidential race to support former Vice President Joe Biden 's candidacy.

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.

Cindy McCain joins a growing list of Republicans who have offered their support to Biden -- including former Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and former Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent -- and could help Biden win over disaffected Republicans in the 2020 election, which is just 42 days away.

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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.

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Joe Biden, Cindy McCain posing for the camera: In this Feb. 17, 2018, file photo, former US Vice President Joe Biden, and Cindy McCain, arrive at the reception of the Bavarian State Chancellery during the 54th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. © Andreas Gebert/dba/picture alliance via Getty Images, FILE In this Feb. 17, 2018, file photo, former US Vice President Joe Biden, and Cindy McCain, arrive at the reception of the Bavarian State Chancellery during the 54th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany.

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.

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"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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