The widow of the 2008 Republican nominee for president is endorsing the 2020 Democratic nominee. Per Axios, Cindy McCain officially announced her intentions via Twitter on Tuesday night, noting late husband John McCain's code of "country first" and adding, "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 @JoeBiden." She went on to call Biden a "good and honest man" who would be a dependable commander in chief, "because he knows what it is like to send a child off to fight." In the first of her talk show appearances Wednesday morning, McCain told Savannah Guthrie on Today that "Joe Biden is the better man," and that her decision was made because she's "deeply concerned" about the state of the nation. "I want to feel like my president cares about me and cares about this country, and Joe Biden does," she said.
Biden himself said Tuesday that McCain was offering her endorsement due to President Trump's alleged remarks calling veterans "losers" and "suckers," Politico reports. The AP calls the endorsement a "stunning rebuke" to Trump from Cindy McCain, who spoke at the Democratic National Convention last month but stopped short of formally endorsing Biden. At the convention, she spoke about the "unlikely friendship" that blossomed when Biden was a young senator and McCain was assigned to be his military aide during overseas trips. McCain died in 2018 from glioblastoma, the same aggressive brain cancer that killed Biden's son Beau in 2015. Trump continued to attack McCain long after the senator's death. In 2016, McCain said he wouldn't be voting for Trump or for Hillary Clinton. (He also expressed doubts about whether Trump would put forward acceptable Supreme Court nominees.)