Cindy McCain spoke out against President Donald Trump again during an appearance on ABC on Friday. Cindy, of course, is the widow of the late John McCain, who represented Arizona in the U.S. Senate for decades before his death in 2018. The McCains are Republicans, but John was at odds with Donald Trump on a slew of issues while he was still alive, and Cindy endorsed Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy prior to Election Day. Cindy has insisted that she’s not just opposed to Trump — rather, she says, Joe Biden is the right person for the presidency, which she reiterated during her time on ABC on Friday. (UPDATE: Networks have now called the presidential race for Biden.)
As she put it, discussing Joe Biden’s candidacy:
‘He’s going to make sure that we find common ground. He’s going to bring ethics and empathy back to the office, something that we are sorely in need of now. And like I said before, he’s going to be a president for all people, not just Democrats.’
Biden has directly made this same insistence on his own behalf. During the final debate between him and Trump, he targeted Trump for obsessively referring to states as “Democrat-run” or “blue,” even when discussing the impacts of the nationally reverberating Coronavirus crisis, which there should be a systematic national response to instead of the petty squabbling of the Trump team.
As Biden put it, discussing the ongoing Coronavirus crisis:
‘By the way, if I get elected, I’m not going to… I’m running as a proud Democrat, but I’m going to be an American president. I don’t see red states and blue states. What I see is American United States. And folks, every single state out there finds [themselves] in trouble.’
Cindy also added that she felt certain that John would be in agreement with her. While serving in the Senate, John worked alongside Joe Biden while the eventual Democratic presidential nominee was still serving as a U.S. Senator from Delaware, and the McCains and Bidens have been close. Both families are even military families, as Cindy has recently noted, insisting that she believed that “Joe’s reverence for the nation’s servicemembers and veterans is second to none,” as she put it in a recent pre-Election op-ed for USA Today.
During her time on ABC on Friday, Cindy added:
‘I know John would want what is best for our country. What is best for our country is not our party. What’s best for our country is Joe Biden.’
Watch Cindy’s comments below:
Cindy McCain, widow of John McCain: “I know John would want what is best for our country. What is best for our country is not our party. What’s best for our country is Joe Biden.” https://t.co/DA8JdVxU42 #Election2020 pic.twitter.com/ithI0Nekyb
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 7, 2020
The Associated Press and Fox News have both called Arizona for Biden, although other outlets have been more hesitant because of the closeness of the race. Arizona has not gone to a Democratic presidential nominee in many years, but Biden is leading there, for now.
The state also recently elected its second Democratic U.S. Senator, ending yet another front of Republican control in the state. Four years ago, both of its Senators (then-including John McCain) were Republicans, and many years had passed since the election of a Democratic Arizona Senator.