John McCain và bà Cindy McCain
Late Sen. John McCain and Cindy McCain. Photo: AP.

Cindy McCain’s Background

Cindy McCain, née Cindy Lou Hensley, (born May 20, 1954, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.), American businesswoman and humanitarian and the wife of U.S. senator and two-time Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

She studied education at the University of Southern California (B.A., 1976; M.A., 1978) before teaching special-needs students at a high school in Avondale, Arizona. While vacationing with her parents in Hawaii in 1979, she met John McCain and the two began a relationship. In early 1980 he filed for divorce from his first wife, Carol Shepp, and in May of that year he and Cindy married.

Cindy McCain’s Career

Cindy served as both the vice president and director of Hensley & Co. Upon the death of her father in 2000, she became chairman of the company, which by that time had become one of the largest and most profitable distributors of beer in the United States. That year she helped her husband campaign for the Republican presidential nomination; he was defeated in the primary by George W. Bush, then governor of Texas.

After suffering a stroke in April 2004, she temporarily relocated to Coronado, California, to recover. Cindy supported her husband’s second bid for the Republican presidential nomination, and she was instrumental in restructuring the campaign staff after financial difficulties threatened to end his run in the summer of 2007. John received the Republican nomination in September 2008, but he was defeated by Democratic candidate Barack Obama in the general election on November 4.

In the 1990s and 2000s, Cindy worked with numerous humanitarian groups, including the Hazardous Area Life-Support Organisation (HALO) Trust, a group dedicated to removing land mines and other potentially hazardous remnants of war; Operation Smile, a medical organization that helps repair facial deformities in children in developing countries; and CARE, which is committed to fighting poverty, particularly among women. McCain also supported same-sex marriage and was involved in efforts to end human trafficking.

Cindy McCain is undergoing a background check for an ambassadorship in President Joe Biden’s administration. | Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo.
Cindy McCain is undergoing a background check for an ambassadorship in President Joe Biden’s administration. Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo.

Cindy McCain supports Biden

Cindy McCain supports Joe Biden for president since he had run a presidential campaign last year.

In an interview on NBC's "TODAY" show in 2020, McCain said she's been "deeply concerned" with what's been occurring across the country.

"Joe Biden represents to me the kinds of values and integrity and courage that we want in a president and someone who, I think, would have my back as a citizen and someone who lives in a neighborhood and has a family and all the other things that people do," she said. "I want to feel like my president cares about me and cares about this country and Joe Biden does."

"I do believe that he'll make a wonderful president with regards to not only the military, but in every other aspect, and most importantly, and the thing that touches me a great deal is that Joe has great empathy for people in this country people that are struggling, people that are suffering," McCain added.

"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," McCain tweeted.

"Joe and I don't always agree on the issues, and I know he and John certainly had some passionate arguments, but he is a good and honest man. He will lead us with dignity," she wrote.

Picked as Biden ambassadorship

McCain is undergoing vetting to be nominated for U.S. ambassador to the U.N. World Food Programme, a mission-based in Rome, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter. This comes after the administration declined to install at least one member from the opposing party in a Cabinet position — a practice of three consecutive presidents ( Bill Clinton, George W.Bush and Barack Obama) before DONALD TRUMP broke the streak.

Two unidentified sources told the news outlet that McCain, 66, is being prepped to be Biden’s first Republican appointee to a Senate-confirmed position.

McCain, the widow of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain (R), is reportedly undergoing a background check. The administration is expected to announce the majority of its ambassadors at the same time, according to Politico.

Politico added that Cindy McCain has a history of working on programs to combat food insecurity and has previously worked with the U.N. World Food Program. During her husband's 2008 presidential campaign, she traveled to the country of Georgia with the program and visited wounded soldiers.

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