Cindy McCain, John Kasich & Other Notable Republicans Who Have Supported Joe Biden
While President Donald Trump maintains broad support within his party, there are exceptions — and the list has gotten longer: These high-profile Republicans have instead supported former Vice President Joe Biden, who is challenging Trump in November.
Wife of late Arizona Sen. John McCain
"My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost," she wrote. "There's only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is @JoeBiden."
"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," Cindy continued, adding: "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."
She previously showed her support of his character by narrating a segment that aired during the DNC. The clip highlighted her husband's friendship with the Democratic nominee throughout their time in Washington, D.C.
“My husband and Vice President Biden enjoyed a 30+ year friendship dating back to before their years serving together in the Senate, so I was honored to accept the invitation from the Biden campaign to participate in a video celebrating their relationship,” Cindy wrote on Twitter, sharing short clip.
Former Ohio governor, 2016 Republican presidential candidate
In a video that aired during the Democratic National Convention, Kasich stood at a symbolic crossroads saying, "We’re being taken down the wrong road by a president who is pitted one against the other. He’s unlike all of our best leaders before him who work to unite us, to bridge our differences and lead us to a united America."
Kasich admitted, "I'm a lifelong Republican, but that attachment holds second place to my responsibility to my country ... In normal times, something like this would probably never happen, but these are not normal times."
Then he endorsed Biden, reassuring non-Democrats, "I’m sure there are Republicans and independents who couldn’t imagine crossing over to support a Democrat. They fear Joe may turn sharp left and leave them behind. I don’t believe that. He’s reasonable, faithful, respectful, and you know, no one pushes Joe around."
(Trump later responded on Twitter, in a jab thrown at other Republicans who've abandoned him: "John Kasich did a bad job in Ohio, ran for President and was easy to beat, and now went to the other side desperate for relevance ... another loser!")
Former secretary of state under President George W. Bush
On the second day of the DNC, Powell endorsed Biden, saying in a speech, "Joe Biden will be a president we will all be proud to salute. With Joe Biden in the White House, you will never doubt that he will stand with our friends and stand up to our adversaries—never the other way around.”
The former Bush administration official (who has since been increasingly supportive of Democrats) said, "The values I learned growing up in the South Bronx and serving in uniform were the same values that Joe Biden’s parents instilled in him in Scranton, Pennsylvania. I support Joe Biden for the presidency of the United States because those values still define him, and we need to restore those values to the White House.”
Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and 2016 Republican presidential candidate
On The Atlantic's politics podcast "The Ticket" in June, the business executive and former Republican presidential candidate announced that she plans to vote for Biden.
“I’ve been very clear that I can’t support Donald Trump,” Fiorina said, asserting that she will not vote third party. “And elections are binary choices.”
She said of Biden, "As citizens, our vote is more than a check on a box. You know, it’s a statement about where we want to go, and I think what we need now actually is real leadership that can unify the country. I am encouraged that Joe Biden is a person of humility and empathy and character. I think he’s demonstrated that through his life. And I think we need humility and empathy everywhere in public life right now. And I think character counts.”
Christine Todd Whitman
Former New Jersey governor
Whitman, a "lifelong Republican" who once co-chaired a Republican National Convention and worked as head of the Environmental Protection Agency under the Bush administration, endorsed Biden during the DNC.
“This isn’t about a Republican or Democrat,” Whitman said in a video during the convention. “It’s about a person, a person decent enough, stable enough, strong enough to get our economy back on track, a person who can work with everyone, Democrats and Republicans, to get things done. Donald Trump isn’t that person. Joe Biden is.”
Former president and CEO Hewlett-Packard, former Republican gubernatorial candidate and current CEO of Quibi
Whitman said during a video at the DNC, "I’m a longtime Republican and a longtime CEO. And let me tell you, Donald Trump has no clue how to run a business, let alone an economy,”
Whitman said. “Joe Biden, on the other hand, has a plan that will strengthen our economy for working people and small-business owners. For me, the choice is simple. I’m with Joe.”
Former Trump administration official, including as chief of staff to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen
In a video produced by the group Republican Voters Against Trump, Taylor — whose headline-grabbing account of his time in the White House has been dismissed by Trump's aides — has called the president "one of the most unfocused and undisciplined senior executives I've ever encountered."
Taylor then said, "Given what I have experienced in the administration, I have to support Joe Biden for president and even though I am not a Democrat, even though I disagree on key issues, I'm confident that Joe Biden will protect the country and I'm confident that he won't make the same mistakes as this president."
Former Arizona senator
Flake, along with 26 other Republican former members of Congress, announced on Aug. 24 that he was Joe Biden.
Flake, a Trump critic before retiring last year, explained his endorsement, saying, "Given what we have experienced over the past four years, it's not enough just to register our disapproval of the president."
"We need to elect someone else in his place — someone who will stop the chaos and reverse the damage," he said.
Flake added, "It is because of my conservatism, and because of my belief in the Constitution and the separation of power, and because I am gravely concerned about the conduct and behavior of our current president, that I stand here today, proudly and wholeheartedly, to endorse Joe Biden as the next president of the United States of America."
Former congressman from Pennsylvania
Dent was among the more than two dozen Republican former members of Congress to endorse Biden.
He wrote in an opinion piece for CNN, "To my friends and supporters who tell me they dislike Donald Trump but like his tax and regulatory policies, and judicial appointments — I like lower taxes and a lighter regulatory touch, too. But there are principles more important than a tax cut or a beneficial regulatory change ... President Trump's policies on national security, trade and health care are reckless, ill-considered and short-sighted."
He added, "Donald Trump is not a conservative: He is an illiberal populist and nativist whose chaotic approach and managerial malfeasance have undermined the functioning of government."
He concluded, "For now, Americans are exhausted by the never-ending chaos and daily drama emanating from the White House. They just want stability. That's why I'm supporting Joe Biden. It's as simple as that. And if electing Joe Biden is what's needed to return the GOP to a better place where it becomes more socially tolerant, constructively engaged on the international stage and supportive of reasonably regulated free markets, all the better."
Former congressman from New York
Walsh, who ran a long-shot Republican primary campaign against Trump, told Syracuse.com, "It was not a difficult decision. Vice President Biden has an excellent chance to beat this guy, and I think Biden has the qualities and values to clean up this mess that President Trump has gotten us into."
Walsh continued on to say, "I think my endorsement of Joe Biden and rejection of President Trump speaks for itself. I knew this would draw attention, and I hope it will encourage other Republicans."
The former representative added, "I am a rock-ribbed Republican, but I don’t like what President Trump has done to my party. I’m hoping that my taking a public position will convince other Republicans to do the same."
Former FBI director
The former FBI director — who was famously fired by President Trump in 2017 and later denounced the Republican party — wrote, "Voted in first Dem primary to support party dedicated to restoring values in WH. I agree with @amyklobuchar: We need candidate who cares about all Americans and will restore decency, dignity to the office. There is a reason Trump fears @joebiden and roots for Bernie. #Biden2020."
Former governor of Florida and current Democratic congressman from Florida
Crist, who served as the governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, was a Republican until 2012. He then switched parties and won a seat in the House of Representatives as a Democrat in 2016.
“Joe Biden’s record of getting things done speaks for itself," Crist said in a statement last year, according to the Tampa Bay Times. “He has always put the American people above party lines and will continue to as President.”
Former White House communications director
Scaramucci, who served as the president's White House communications director for just two weeks in 2017, told CNN's Richard Quest in March 2020 that in an election between Biden and Trump, he'd still consider himself Republican but "I vote for Joe Biden."
He added that he would also campaign for the former vice president. "We gotta beat Trump," he said. "C'mon, it's ridiculous. You know, and your viewers know, how crazy Trump is. And they know that sane people have to work together to beat him."
Scaramucci has been no stranger to cable news, often commenting on the Trump administration and drawing the president's ire as a "nut job" in the process.