Cindy McCain, the widow of Senator John McCain of Arizona, has endorsed Joe Biden on Tuesday for president, praising his “character and integrity” while expressing her unease with President Donald Trump.
She wrote on Twitter, “My husband John lived by a code: country first”. “We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost.”
She further added Biden is the only candidate in the presidential race who “stands up for our values as a nation.”
Her announcement came a few hours after Biden said McCain would be promoting his during a virtual fundraiser. “Maybe I shouldn’t say it, but I’m about to go on one of these Zooms with John McCain’s wife, who is, 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 said they’re losers, they’re suckers,” Biden said according to a pool report of the event.
Biden tweeted after McCain expressed her support on Tuesday “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.”
Like her husband, who’d been described as a critic of Donald Trump administration, Cindy McCain has been similarly expressed her criticism of President Trump. Meghan McCain, the couple’s daughter, has also been a critic of the president.
Cindy McCain said the Arizona Republic this week of her decision to back Biden. “I’m worried that this could go further than it should. My point in getting on board with Joe is that he’s proven — he’s been there. I’ve known him for 40 years. I know his character and his leadership and his honor and his integrity and those things are very important to me.”