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Joe Biden: Former aides of Bush, McCain, and Romney voice support for Democratic candidate
The November elections will see former vice president Joe Biden challenge incumbent Donald Trump for the presidency. As the Republican convention is on its final leg, more Republicans in the form of former aides to three Republican presidential candidates have announced their support for Biden.
The Independent reports that hundreds of former campaign and senate aides to former president George W. Bush, Senator Mitt Romney, and the late Senator John McCain have all announced their support for the Democratic candidate. Over 230 officials from the Bush administration specifically, have publicly endorsed the former vice president. Among them were prominent figures such as former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and former Agricultural Secretary Ann Veneman.
The former Bush administration aides and officials released a statement revealing how they came to a decision to endorse Biden. They noted the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19 in the United States as well as the competence and character shown by Biden as factors in choosing who they would ultimately vote for in November. Former senior Bush administration aide Suzy DeFrancis stated that despite the differences in terms of policies, the former vice president is best suited for the job as he could help restore unity to the country.
34 former aides of the Utah senator penned an open letter revealing their endorsement of Biden. They expressed that Trump does not embody the values of the Republican party they once served. 100 former aides of the late Arizona senator McCain also posted a statement endorsing Biden.
“We trust that as President, Joe Biden will lead an urgent, comprehensive national effort to contain the COVID pandemic. We trust that he will call on Americans to remember our common interests and responsibilities, and not worsen the grievances that have polarized our politics.”
Meanwhile, Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris ripped into Trump prior to his upcoming acceptance of the Republican nomination at the party’s convention. Harris addressed the ongoing fires happening in California and the hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, while also criticizing the president for his response towards the racial unrest.
Harris also criticized the Republican convention, saying that it was merely designed to “soothe Donald Trump’s ego.”
“But here’s the thing -- he’s the president of the United States, and it’s not supposed to be about him,” said Harris.