The family of the late Senator John McCain will back former Vice President Joe Biden in the Democratic primary in the hopes that he will be able to unseat President Donald Trump, according to 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,” the Examiner reports.
The move is out of the ordinary for a bedrock Republican family, but not surprising from the McCains, particularly given that, before his death last year, John McCain and President Trump were often at odds, and the President frequently took potshots at the late Senator, including several shocking insults aimed at his military record.
Trump has continued his “feud” with the late Senator even recently, despite McCain being dead more than six months.
. The Bidens and the McCains also have a strong personal bond; both the late Senator and Biden’s son died from the same rare form of brain cancer.
The Examiner reports that it’s not clear whether the McCains’ support for Biden will involve an open endorsement of the former Vice President in his bid to capture the 2020 Democratic nomination, or what the McCains’ support for Biden would look like in a situation where he is head to head against the Republican nominee (all but certain to be Donald Trump).
“They talk regularly [with Biden] and have been supportive of his run,” a source told the Examiner. “The question is going to be timing and coordinating with the Biden campaign. There are a lot of moving parts there and [Biden’s campaign is] not necessarily organized. I wouldn’t expect a formal family endorsement because some of McCain’s family is still in the military, but I do expect Cindy to speak out at some point.”
The source also noted that any endorsement would be “personal,” since members of the McCain family want to remain known as Republicans, and find themselves generally supportive of the Republican platform — if not Donald Trump.
For Biden’s part, it’s not clear what he would earn from a prominent Republican endorsement before the general election ,particularly given that the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination is, essentially, a race to the left, not to the right: “I’m just not sure how much that helps in a primary where the party is constantly moving towards the left. If you’re a two-term former vice president and basically tied with Bernie Sanders, that’s not a good sign,” another source explained to the Examiner.
Later on, if Biden snag’s the primary win, prominent Republican endorsements may prove more useful, giving GOPers still not sold on President Trump cover to temporarily switch parties — but that might compromise the McCains’ pull within the party itself.
Right now, as the Examiner admits, all of this is speculative. Biden has yet to announce his candidacy for President, though he is expected to a release a video to that effect on Thursday, with a follow-up visit to swing state, Pennsylvania, where he will meet with union workers and high dollar corporate donors — and Biden’s success is not guaranteed. He’s the last, it seems to enter the race, and it will be hard to pick up momentum this late in the game. And although his numbers appear to be solid, expect them to fluctuate more now that Biden — like his competitors — will be making daily speeches and campaign stops.