Conservative McCain family to back Joe Biden's 2020 presidential bid

Conservative McCain family to back Joe Biden's 2020 presidential bid
Image via Screengrab.

The family of late Sen. John McCain is expected to support former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential bid, the Washington Examiner reports.


The McCain clan will back Biden in a crowded Democratic field, and — if he wins the Democratic nomination — in a race against President Donald Trump. The McCain family has well-documented feud with the president, who once said he doesn’t consider McCain, a Vietnam War veteran, a hero. Trump even mocked the former Republican candidate for president after his death last year.

Per the Washington Examiner:

Sources close to both Biden's presidential campaign and the McCains said that at some point during the White House race, McCain's widow Cindy, 64, and daughter Meghan, 34, a host on "The View," will offer their public support in the hope of removing Trump from office in 2020.

It’s unclear what impact the McCain’s support for Biden will have on the race. In a crowded Democratic primary, sources close to the McCain fear an endorsement will harm the former vice president.

"It's undeniable that Joe Biden and the McCain family have a very close, personal relationship. It's about what's good for him [Biden],” a former McCain campaign official told the Examiner.

Meghan McCain has frequently criticized Democrats for what she sees as unfair attacks on Biden, who she describes a close family friend. Meghan McCain once warned Democrats they will get Trump re-elected if they continue to question whether Biden is the best candidate to take on Trump in 2020.

Of course, primaries are the exact correct time to criticize candidates, and among Democrats — who are rightly concerned by aspects Biden’s extensive record (from his support for the Iraq War, to his handling of the Anita Hill hearings), it’s unlikely her family’s backing will move the needle.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card

Close

Thanks for your support!

Did you enjoy AlterNet this year? Join us! We're offering AlterNet ad-free for 15% off - just $2 per week. From now until March 15th.