It was announced late Tuesday afternoon that Cindy McCain, the widow of Senator John McCain, has lent her voice to a video set to air during Tuesday night’s Democratic National Convention programming focused on Biden’s close friendship with her late husband, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona.
In an advance clip from the video shared with The Associated Press, Cindy McCain talks about how Biden, then a Delaware senator, met her husband when John McCain was assigned to be a military aide for him on a trip overseas. The two became friends, and the families would gather for picnics in the Bidens’ backyard.
“They would just sit and joke. It was like a comedy show, sometimes, to watch the two of them,” she says in the clip. John McCain also received the Liberty Medal from Biden in Philadelphia in October 2017.
While not an explicit endorsement for Biden, Cindy McCain’s addition to a lineup that already included many other Republican powerhouses is just another indication that Biden is gaining popularity among disillusioned Republicans.
Both Cindy McCain and her daughter Meghan (a co-host on “The View” and wife of Federalist publisher Ben Domenech) have been outspoken critics of Trump, and the family is longtime friends with the Bidens. Trump targeted John McCain personally in 2015, saying the former prisoner of war wasn’t a hero “because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” McCain later angered Trump with his dramatic thumbs-down vote against repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law.
When McCain died on a Saturday in 2018, the Trump administration lowered the American flag over the White House to half-staff but then raised it by Monday. After public outcry, the White House flags were again lowered. Trump wasn’t invited to McCain’s funeral.