McCain Family 'Planning to Back Joe Biden' for 2020 to Defeat Trump
Family prepares to break with Republican Party in major snub to president
As Joe Biden finally makes his official entry into the race to the White House in 2020, rumors are swirling that the family of late Republican Senator John McCain is planning to back the former Vice President in a major snub to President Trump.
Democrat Joe Biden officially declared his candidacy for president in 2020 in an online video Thursday, capping off weeks of "will he/won't he" media speculation.
Almost 32 years after he announced his first campaign for the presidency, Biden enters a crowded field of Democratic contenders aiming to unseat President Donald Trump next year.
Having also unsuccessfully run in 1988 and 2008, this campaign is Biden’s third for the White House.
"The core values of this nation, our standing in the world, our very democracy, everything that has made America -- America -- is at stake," Biden tweeted early Thursday.
"That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States."
The core values of this nation… our standing in the world… our very democracy...everything that has made America -- America --is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. #Joe2020 https://t.co/jzaQbyTEz3— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2019
According to the Washington Examiner, in an extraordinary snub to Trump, who derided McCain's Vietnam War service and mocked him even after his death last August at age 81, the McCain family is preparing to break with the Republican Party.
McCain represented the party in Congress for 35 years and was chosen as its presidential nominee in 2008, losing to Barack Obama.
Sources close to both Biden's presidential campaign and the McCains told the Examiner that at some point during the White House race, McCain's widow Cindy, 64, and daughter Meghan, 34, a host on "The View," will offer their public support in the hope of removing Trump from office in 2020.
A former McCain campaign official with close ties to the family said support for Biden was a given, but they needed to calculate how they could best help the former vice president.
Both Cindy and Meghan McCain remain Republicans, and one consideration is whether endorsing Biden in the Democratic primary could do him more harm than good.
"It's undeniable that Joe Biden and the McCain family have a very close, personal relationship. It's about what's good for him [Biden]."
Another McCain family source said there had been discussions with the Bidens about his 2020 run, which was announced on Thursday.
"They talk regularly and have been supportive of his run," the source said.
"The question is going to be timing and coordinating with the Biden campaign.
"There are a lot of moving parts there and [Biden's campaign is] not necessarily organized.
"I wouldn't expect a formal family endorsement because some of McCain's family is still in the military, but I do expect Cindy to speak out at some point."
The source said they expected Meghan McCain to speak out in favor of Biden should he get the nomination, but a Cindy McCain endorsement could come sooner.
However, John McCain's widow Cindy has already quashed the rumors about her own involvement.
Following reports that her family would be supporting Biden in his run for the presidency, the Cindy McCain quickly responded to the rumors.
In a tweet shared on Wednesday, Cindy explained that while Biden was a “dear friend” of hers, she did not plan to personally get involved with any political campaigns.
Joe Biden is a wonderful man and dear friend of the McCain Family. However, I have no intention of getting involved in presidential politics.— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) April 24, 2019
“Joe Biden is a wonderful man and dear friend of the McCain Family,” she wrote.
“However, I have no intention of getting involved in presidential politics.”
Mrs. McCain stopped short of ruling out a push for Biden from the rest of her family, however.