Cindy McCain joins board of Biden's presidential transition team

Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe best way to handle veterans, active-duty military that participated in Capitol riot Cindy McCain on possible GOP censure: 'I think I'm going to make T-shirts' Arizona state GOP moves to censure Cindy McCain, Jeff Flake MORE (R-Ariz.), has joined the advisory board of Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE’s presidential transition team, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The news came a week after McCain endorsed Biden, calling the former vice president a “good and honest man.” 

Other members of the unpaid advisory board include New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamNew Mexico fines two megachurches K each over packed Christmas Eve services CHC urges Biden to choose Latinos to head Education Department, SBA: report Hispanic Caucus ramps up Cabinet pressure campaign MORE (D), former Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.), Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondAn attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation Pelosi to seat Iowa Republican as Democratic challenger contests election results Louisiana Rep.-elect Luke Letlow dies of COVID-19 MORE (D-La.), former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from chaotic downtown DC Biden to name Merrick Garland for attorney general Georgia keeps Senate agenda in limbo MORE and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOn The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits Buttigieg confirmation hearing slated for Thursday James Murdoch predicts 'a reckoning' for media after Capitol riot MORE (D). McCain is the second Republican to join the advisory board, after Bob McDonald, who served as secretary of Veterans Affairs during the Obama Administration.


Presidential transition teams have historically emphasized filling national security roles, as the transition period is considered uniquely vulnerable to terrorist attacks. However, with the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, the Biden transition team is focusing on equipping a potential Biden administration to address public health and economic policy first and foremost.

John McCain was a friend of Biden’s, while President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE has frequently attacked the late Arizona senator, including after his death in 2018. Discussing her endorsement last week, Cindy McCain said a report that the president called American war dead “losers” was “pretty much” the final straw.

"It's a culmination of things, but I do believe that our men and women that serve in the military are not losers,” she said.

Biden, in announcing the endorsement, also invoked the alleged comments, first reported by The Atlantic. Cindy McCain, he said, “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.” Trump has denied making the remarks.