McCain’s support could help Biden appeal to Republicans disgruntled with the GOP president and give the former vice president a boost in Arizona, a crucial pivot state that McCain represented in Congress for 35 years. He has remained a revered figure since his death in 2018 from complications from a brain tumor, especially with independent voters Biden courted.
Biden told donors on Tuesday night that McCain’s endorsement was coming “because of what (Trump) is talking about how my son and John and others who are heroes, who have served their country.” You know, he said they were “losers, suckers”. ‘
Biden was referring to comments Trump allegedly made poking fun at America’s war dead. Trump has denied making the remarks, first reported by unnamed sources by The Atlantic, but many comments were later confirmed by The Associated Press.
Cindy McCain was not initially expected to offer explicit endorsement of Biden, but she had already gone to bat for her presidential run. She lent her voice to a video released at the Democratic National Convention and focused on Biden’s close friendship with her late husband.
A Navy pilot, John McCain was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967. He was captured, beaten and held prisoner for over five years, refusing to be released before other US servicemen.
During his 2016 campaign, Trump said of McCain: “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured. ”
Cindy McCain has occasionally staked positions to the left of her late husband. In 2010, she posed for photos with duct tape across her face and the phrase “NO H8” written on her cheek, as part of a high profile campaign for gay marriage several years before the Supreme Court makes it legal in all 50 states.
The McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, has been outspoken about the pain she feels when the president denigrates her father. Trump was not invited to John McCain’s funeral.