Cindy McCain joins board of Biden's presidential transition team

Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate is leaning to the Democrats, big time, with a wave Budowsky: Trump's COVID-19 death toll dominates election Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein MORE (R-Ariz.), has joined the advisory board of Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama 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 GrishamUtah increases coronavirus restrictions amid rising cases New Mexico to renew coronavirus restrictions, warning of more if cases continue to rise US coronavirus numbers rise, raising worries about winter MORE (D), former Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.), Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump combative, Biden earnest during distanced TV duel Cedric Richmond's next move: 'Sky's the limit' if Biden wins Democrats preview strategy on Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearings this week MORE (D-La.), former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesJudiciary Committee postpones hearing with McCabe on Russia probe This week: Senate kicks off Supreme Court fight Cindy McCain joins board of Biden's presidential transition team MORE and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 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 John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida 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.