Cindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death
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Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBudowsky: Trump destroying GOP in 2018, '19, '20 Conservative group cuts ties with Michelle Malkin Democratic debate at Tyler Perry's could miss the mark with black voters MORE (R-Ariz.), says no one in the GOP has become the party's “voice of reason” after her husband’s death last year.

McCain said in an interview with ABC News released Wednesday that she hasn’t seen anyone step up to fill the role for the sake of bipartisanship.

"That was a tough torch to carry and, as John said, there were many lonely days because he always said what was on his mind," she recalled.

McCain added that her husband, who served as the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2008, "never did anything deliberately to be hurtful or anything."

"I don't see anybody carrying that mantle at all, I don't see anyone carrying the voice — the voice of reason," she said.


She appeared to include one of her husband’s closest friends and Republican colleagues, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: Report on alleged surveillance abuse in 2016 to be released Dec. 9 McConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' Hillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack MORE (R-S.C.), in that sentiment.

Graham has become one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE’s fiercest allies in Congress, even after Trump continued to attack the late senator following his death.

"Lindsey has his own political career to worry about and his own political life," Cindy McCain said. "I would just hope that in the long run, everyone would begin to move in the right direction, including Lindsey or anybody else."

"Lindsey's a part of my family," she added. "He's a good friend and I cannot, [and] will not, be critical of Lindsey."

Her daughter, “The View” co-host Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainTrump Jr. visit to 'The View' boosts ratings to highest in six months Meghan McCain to Trump Jr. on 'The View': 'You and your family have hurt a lot of people' Trump Jr. defends father on 'The View': He's 'controversial,' but 'took on the establishment' MORE, has taken a different tact concerning her father’s longtime friend.

“Whatever is happening to Lindsey, this is not the person I used to know,” the conservative commentator said on "The View" in July. 

It is approaching the one year anniversary of when John McCain died of an aggressive type of brain cancer on Aug. 25 at the age of 81.

Members of his family and The McCain Institute are planning to honor his legacy with a social media campaign using the hashtag “ActsofCivility.”

The push will reportedly encourage social media users to work with peers or colleagues who have different views as well as encourage open-minded discussions with family members with whom one might disagree.

Cindy McCain kicked off the initiative on Wednesday, sharing a video calling on others to "reach across the aisle" and "come together for civil engagement."