Cindy McCain: Arizona election audit is 'ludicrous'

Cindy McCain on Sunday called the GOP-backed election audit in Arizona "ludicrous."

McCain, a prominent Arizona Republican and the wife of late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Redistricting reform key to achieving the bipartisanship Americans claim to want Kelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race MORE (R-Ariz.), appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and was asked by host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperMcCaul says US withdrawal from Afghanistan has emboldened Russia on Ukraine Sunday shows - Voting rights legislation dominates Texas Republican: FBI probe into synagogue hostage taker spreads to London, Tel Aviv MORE about the audit.

"Listen, this whole thing is ludicrous, quite frankly. It's ludicrous. And this also comes from a state party in Arizona that refused to be audited themselves on votes that were cast within their own party communications," Cindy McCain said.

"The election is over. [President] Biden won," she added. "I know many of them don't like the outcome, but, you know, elections have consequences. And so ... this does not surprise me, you know, that things are just aloof and crazy out there right now with regards to the election."

It was reported in April that the Arizona state Senate had hired a security consulting company, Cyber Ninjas, to head a forensic audit of votes in Maricopa County. Biden won Maricopa County, ultimately flipping Arizona and winning its 11 electoral votes.

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) has also criticized the audit as "such a farce" and called for it to end.

"A group of Republicans are continuing to try to appease their base who refuse to accept that ... Trump lost Arizona and that he's not the president anymore," Hobbs said while appearing on CNN last week.

Tapper also asked Cindy McCain about reports that she was being vetted to be Biden's nominee for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations World Food Programme, inquiring if she would accept a nomination.

"I'm proud for the work that I've done for the president. I, you know, I was grateful to be able to endorse him and be a part of the campaign. So I will ... in whatever way that he sees fit, I would be proud and honored to serve," she said.

In January, the Arizona GOP voted to censure her and former Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCruz to get Nord Stream 2 vote as part of deal on Biden nominees Democrats threaten to play hardball over Cruz's blockade Rubio vows to slow-walk Biden's China, Spain ambassador nominees MORE (R-Ariz.) for endorsing Biden in the 2020 election.