Cindy McCain joins Joe Biden’s presidential transition advisory board

Cindy McCain waves to the crowd during Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's address to the Legislature in January.
Cindy McCain, wife of former Arizona Sen. John McCain, will advise Democrat Joe Biden’s transition team as it prepares for him to take office if he wins the presidential election. She is the second Republican to join the 16-member team.

Cindy McCain, the widow of Republican Sen. John McCain, will advise Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential transition team as it prepares for him to take office if he wins in November, the team announced Monday.

McCain is the second Republican on the 16-member transition advisory board, joining Bob McDonald, the former Procter & Gamble Co. chief executive who headed the Department of Veterans Affairs under President Obama.

Biden has reached out extensively to Republicans disaffected with President Trump. McCain, whose husband was the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, last week endorsed Biden and urged other conservative women to follow suit, saying, “Biden is by far the best candidate in the race.”


As required by law, Biden’s transition team is preparing for a smooth transfer of power should Biden win the presidency. The teams typically line up candidates for key appointments and prepare policies to implement early in the new president’s administration. Biden’s team says it is focused especially on the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout.

Cindy McCain joins a growing list of high-profile Republicans crossing party lines to help Joe Biden’s candidacy against President Trump.

Ted Kaufman, one of five co-chairs of Biden’s transition team, cited McCain’s experience in business and philanthropy and her advocacy for women and children.

“This transition is like no other, preparing amid the backdrop of a global health crisis and struggling economy,” Kaufman, a longtime Biden aide who was appointed to fill his Senate seat when he was elected vice president, said in a statement.

Biden’s transition team this month signed a lease for office space with Trump’s General Services Administration. Formal federal support for presidential transition teams was first put into practice in 2012 in an effort to ensure presidential candidates are prepared to assume the White House should they win the election.

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