Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona, endorsed Joseph R. Biden for president on Tuesday, calling him a good and honest man who will lead the country with dignity.
“My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There’s only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is @JoeBiden,” Ms. McCain said on Twitter.
Mr. Biden had spilled the beans at a fundraiser earlier in the day.
“Maybe I shouldn’t say it, but I’m about to go on one of these Zooms with John McCain’s wife,” he said.
Mr. Biden said Ms. McCain was endorsing him because of President Trump’s comments about members of the military.
“You know he said they’re losers, they’re suckers,” Mr. Biden said.
The Atlantic reported that Mr. Trump made those remarks about fallen U.S. soldiers.
“He will be a commander in chief that the finest fighting force in the history of the world can depend on, because he knows what it is like to send a child off to fight,” Ms. McCain said of Mr. Biden.
The president and the White House have pushed back strongly, saying nobody should question Mr. Trump’s respect for U.S. troops.
Though it was not an endorsement, Ms. McCain appeared in a video at last month’s Democratic National Convention that highlighted the unique friendship between Mr. Biden and her husband.
Mr. Trump and McCain, who was shot down and held captive as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, had a stormy relationship.
The president mocked McCain for getting captured, saying he liked people who “weren’t captured.”
McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, died of brain cancer in 2018.
The president has continued to criticize McCain after his passing for the senator’s dramatic vote in 2017 that helped sink a GOP health care bill.