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Biden eyeing Cindy McCain for UK ambassador position: report

The Hill logo The Hill 11/28/2020 Jordan Williams
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President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly eyeing Cindy McCain to serve as ambassador to the U.K., according to multiple reports citing The Times of London.

McCain, the widow of the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), has been a vocal critic of President Trump and endorsed Biden during his campaign. She is a known Anglophile, the Independent noted, and is thought to be a front-runner in return for helping Biden flip Arizona.

"It's hers if she wants it," a source told the Times. "She delivered Arizona. They know that."

The Hill has reached out to Biden's transition team for comment.

Biden became the first Democrat to win Arizona since 1996. Some Democrats say it was endorsements from McCain and former Sen. Jeff Flake - two respected Republicans from the state - that pushed Biden over the top.

The two Republicans, who both said that Biden would restore civility and honor to the White House, have been floated for Biden administration posts, with McCain possibly serving as a top ambassador or in another diplomatic post.

Biden gave McCain a speaking slot during the Democratic National Convention and named her to his transition's advisory board. While she's never held public office, she had a front-row seat to international diplomacy when she traveled around the world with her late husband, whom Trump repeatedly disparaged.

Asked on ABC's "The View" about serving in a Biden Cabinet earlier this month, McCain said, "This is an administration that's going to be all-inclusive, and there is a role for Republicans in the administration."

The former vice president has signaled that he might reach across the aisle to name Republicans to Cabinet posts and other key slots in his administration.

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