Cindy McCain: I can see Arizona 'going Democrat' in 2020

Cindy McCain: I can see Arizona 'going Democrat' in 2020
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Cindy McCain said Wednesday she believes Arizona may vote for Democrats in the 2020 election, when the GOP is hoping to lock down the state for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes MORE and Senate Republicans.

“I can see [Arizona] going Democrat, I really can,” McCain said in an interview for Politico's "Women Rule" podcast. “I’m not saying I want that, but I can see it happening.”


McCain attributed her prediction to a combination of the state’s growing Hispanic population and what she said was increased alienation from the party among moderates.

“We have a huge Hispanic population now that have found their voice in politics, number one. And number two, we have on my side of the aisle — on the Republican side — we see a local party in Arizona that’s not functioning well, and it’s excluding people,” she said.

“If you’re not walking the line, then you’re out. That’s just not right. That’s not the party that my husband and I belonged to.”

Trump is seeking to carry Arizona amid his reelection efforts in 2020 after winning the state by less than 4 points over Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhat are Democrats going to do once Donald Trump leaves office? Trump to hold campaign rally in Florida later this month Krystal Ball accuses Democrats of having 'zero moral authority' amid impeachment inquiry MORE in 2016.

Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Progressive veterans group launches campaign labeling Trump as a 'national security threat' Advocates step up efforts for horse racing reform bill after more deaths MORE (R), who was tapped the fill the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainDonald Trump's 2020 election economic gamble 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary MORE's (R-Ariz.) seat, is also battling ahead of a special election in the state to fill the remainder of his term until 2022.

The state has been won by a Republican presidential candidate going back to the 1950s, with the exception of the 1996 election when Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report — Public impeachment drama resumes today Bill Clinton advises Trump to ignore impeachment: 'You got hired to do a job' GOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial MORE narrowly won the state.

But while Arizona has largely gone for Republicans in most recent election cycles, Democrats have seen opportunities to grow their support in the state.

Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema won election last year to replace retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Kelly, McSally virtually tied in Arizona Senate race: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE (R-Ariz.), marking the first time a Democrat had won an open Senate seat in the state since 1976.

In the podcast interview this week, Cindy McCain was also asked about Trump's public feud with her husband following his death last year from brain cancer.

Since his death, Trump has repeatedly castigated the late GOP senator, saying earlier this year that he was “never a fan” of John McCain.

Cindy McCain said in the interview that while she found such incidents “frustrating” she has no intention of publicly engaging with the president.

“As far as I’m concerned, for me, it doesn’t do me any good to dwell on the past or dwell on anything that’s been negative or positive or whatever it may be,” she said. “I want this country to move forward. I want this country to be the vision that my husband had for it."

While Cindy McCain has largely declined to publicly weigh in on Trump's past comments, her daughter 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 responded to Trump before, including calling him "a child."

She said earlier this year that her father "would think it was so hilarious that our president was so jealous of him that he was dominating the news cycle in death."