100+ Former McCain Staffers Back Biden Ticket

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 16: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) give a thumbs up before receiving  the the 2017 Liberty Medal from former Vice President Joe Biden (left) at the National Constitution Center on October 16, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 16: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) give a thumbs up before receiving the the 2017 Liberty Medal from former Vice President Joe Biden (left) at the National Constitution Center on October 16, 2017... PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 16: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) give a thumbs up before receiving the the 2017 Liberty Medal from former Vice President Joe Biden (left) at the National Constitution Center on October 16, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images) MORE LESS
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

 More than 100 former staff members for the late Senator John McCain (R-AZ) are pledging to support Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s presidential bid in the November election.

The New York Times reports that the endorsement follows the second anniversary of the Arizona senator’s death this week and marks a fresh push from anti-Trump Republicans to dissuade conservative and moderate voters from backing President Donald Trump.

The group of staffers issued a statement obtained by the Times that simultaneously praised McCain and rebuked Trump. 

The group cited the late senator’s “frequent call on Americans to serve causes greater than our self-interest” as a mobilizing force for their efforts to defeat Trump, adding that McCain’s convictions “were not empty slogans like so much of our politics today.” 

“They were the creed by which he lived, and he urged us to do the same,” the group wrote of McCain.

Many of those who signed the statement are still Republicans and include both chiefs of staff from the Arizona lawmaker’s Senate office to junior aides from his campaign trails. Some had worked diligently for McCain all along his 35 years in Congress and stuck by his side through both of his presidential bids.

Mark Salter, a top McCain aide and speechwriter, helped bring voices together in the letter.

“We have different views of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party platform — most of us will disagree with a fair amount of it — but we all agree that getting Donald Trump out of office is clearly in the national interest,” Salter told the Times in an interview.

He criticized Trump’s foreign policy stance and “America First” framework, calling it a “coddling of dictators or disinterest in our alliances.”

The statement bolsters a move by Democrats during the party’s convention last week that took note of the bipartisan friendship between Biden and McCain.

According to the Times, Republican Voters Against Trump is hoping to draw momentum in Arizona from the staffers’ rebuke of the President by pumping Arizona’s airwaves with a television ad that clips moments from then-presidential candidate McCain’s acceptance speech for the Republican nomination in 2008  and contrasts them with some of Trump’s more incendiary remarks. 

The staffers’ statement is also scheduled to appear in The Washington Post on Friday, hours after Trump’s acceptance speech on Thursday night.

Latest News

Notable Replies

  1. Tumpistas Vs the world
    That 35% will go down in flames like the Confederacy
    Sanity Vs Lunacy
    Good Vs Evil
    Like the Confederates they will be with us for a long time
    Welcome to 3 party 'Merica

  2. I’m guessing that the McCain piece last week was done knowing that this would come out this week.
    And it’s nice they dropped the announcement on the day of Trump’s speech.

  3. Don’t Republicans find it alarming that absolutely nobody who has worked with him personally actually likes him?

  4. Many of them seem to find the leader appealing…

  5. McCain sold his soul to the devil (and his integrity along with it) after he lost in the primaries to Bush. Someone got to his ear and told him - you keep bucking the trend, and you;ll never be president. The summer of 2000 he was a total GOP turd, and has never been the same since. There was a day I admired the man, but that was in the 20th century…

Continue the discussion at forums.talkingpointsmemo.com

64 more replies

Participants

Avatar for discobot Avatar for deuce Avatar for clemmers Avatar for mames5 Avatar for becca656 Avatar for horrido Avatar for christianhankel Avatar for gr Avatar for mrf Avatar for khaaannn Avatar for hoagie Avatar for jinnj Avatar for thecaptain Avatar for ljb860 Avatar for tiowally Avatar for maximus Avatar for philmore Avatar for rockitttla Avatar for ldcolton Avatar for randome Avatar for LeeHarveyGriswold Avatar for Mikebeee Avatar for Ethics_Gradient Avatar for ClutchCargo

Continue Discussion
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: