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Biden says Cindy McCain will endorse him

Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus Rally crowd chants 'lock him up' as Trump calls Biden family 'a criminal enterprise' Undecided voters in Arizona wary of Trump, crave stability MORE said Tuesday that Cindy McCain, the wife of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump digs in on conspiracy theory over bin Laden raid At 97, Bob Dole is still fighting for his country Leadership matters: President's words and actions show he is unfit to lead our nation MORE (R-Ariz.), will endorse him for president.

Biden made the announcement during a virtual fundraiser, saying Cindy McCain made the decision because of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE’s reported comments about fallen service members detailed in The Atlantic earlier this month.

“Maybe I shouldn’t say it, but I'm about to go on one of these Zooms with John McCain's wife, who is, first time ever, is endorsing me because of what he talks about with my son and John’s who are heroes, who served their country, you know he said they’re losers, they’re suckers,” Biden said during the fundraiser, according to a pool report of his comments.

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During the Democratic convention, Cindy McCain narrated a video that detailed Biden’s friendship with her husband that aired on the second night of the virtual event. She did not explicitly endorse Biden at the time.

Trump has publicly disparaged the late senator, including in 2015, when he said he preferred war heroes who aren’t “captured.” John McCain, a Navy pilot, was imprisoned for 5 ½ years in North Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

The Atlantic reported earlier this month that Trump privately disparaged service members who died as “losers” and “suckers” while questioning the need to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery outside Paris on a 2018 trip. Fox News subsequently confirmed some of the details of the story. Trump and several current and former White House officials have forcefully denied the account.