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Cindy McCain: John would be ‘very disappointed’ in today’s politics

2019-08-25

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, pauses as his wife Cindy McCain, left, looks at him on stage after giving his victory speech as he announces his win over Democratic challenger Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Sen. John McCain would not have been happy with today’s political landscape.

On the one-year anniversary of her husband’s death, Cindy McCain says the Navy war hero would be “very disappointed” and “saddened” by what’s going on in Washington, D.C.

“I think he’d be very disappointed, in fact, I know he would be,” McCain told Sunday’s “State of the Union” on CNN.

The Arizona senator, Navy fighter pilot and 2008 Republican presidential candidate lost his battle with brain cancer days before what would have been his 82nd birthday. He was regarded as a maverick congressman unafraid to reach across the aisle and work with Democrats, most notably in July 2017 when he drew the ire of President Trump by dramatically shooting down the president’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act on the Senate floor, days after returning from brain surgery.

According to Cindy, 65, who became a McCain in 1980, her husband of 30 years was frustrated over American politics when he died and would be both frustrated and saddened now.

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“He would be saddened by the digression that these conversations and these debates have taken, and also saddened that we’re so disoriented within the world right now,” Cindy said.

Though McCain had a friendly relationship with 2020 Democratic party front-runner Joe Biden, Cindy told CNN she hasn’t decided who she’ll vote for in the next presidential election. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, frequently expressed his disdain for McCain, even in the days after the senator’s death.