Cindy McCain, the widow of Senator John McCain, has endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, becoming the latest prominent Republican to voice to back the former vice president in the race for the White House against President Donald Trump.
This comes as Republican Trump held a campaign rally in the battleground state of Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
The president’s relationship with McCain soured after he disparaged the former Arizona Senator’s military service and years spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam during the 2016 presidential campaign.
However, Biden, despite his ideological differences with John McCain, had forged a long friendship with him.
Trump is falling behind Biden in polls and according to recent state polls, Biden leads the president in Arizona, which voted for Trump in 2016.
Cindy McCain, in a Tweeter message on Tuesday, wrote, “My husband John lived by a code: country first,” noting, “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.”
My husband John lived by a code: country first. 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.— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) September 22, 2020
She had also appeared in a video on Biden’s behalf at the Democratic National Convention in August, during which over 100 former McCain staffers announced their support for Biden too.
Biden had broken the news of the endorsement earlier during a virtual fundraiser, telling his supporters that Cindy McCain decided to back him following a report by The Atlantic magazine that Trump had described as “losers” and “suckers” American soldiers who died in combat.
Meanwhile, President Trump held a campaign rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania on Tuesday evening, during which he took aim at Biden who he will debate next Tuesday.
“I’m just thinking, but I did more in 47 months than he did in 47 years. It’s true. You look at what we have done," Trump said.
He added that Biden was “against oil, guns, and God.”
Trump went on to say, “Forty-two days from now, we’re going to win Pennsylvania, and we’re going to win four more years in the White House.”
The remarks come as the death of liberal US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg continued to reshape the presidential race.
Immensely popular among Democrats, Ginsburg, 87, died of cancer on Friday, just weeks before the presidential election. Her death handed Trump, who is seeking re-election on November 3, the opportunity to expand its conservative majority to 6-3 at a time of a gaping political divide in the country.
Trump, who has pledged to name a female nominee for the Supreme Court, repeated his promise during the rally. His decision to do so has, however, faced fierce criticism from Biden and congressional Democrats.
“No, we are going to pick an incredible woman – brilliant woman and watch the abuse that she, whoever, it’s gonna – the decision is going to be announced on Saturday. Five o’clock on Saturday at the White House,” Trump said.
Democrats have opposed any nomination before the election, asserting that Senate Republicans blocked Democratic President Barack Obama's choice for the US top court in 2016.