McCain Alums endorse Joe Biden for President

More than a slogan, “Country First” is a creed by which to live

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — OCTOBER 16, 2017: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) receives the the 2017 Liberty Medal from former Vice President Joe Biden. (Photo by William Thomas Cain)

Working for John McCain was an honor, and his example of public service remains a lasting influence on us. His motto, “country first,” and his frequent call on Americans to serve causes greater than our self-interest were not empty slogans like so much of our politics today. They were the creed by which he lived and he urged us to do the same. It is in that spirit that we are supporting his friend, Joe Biden.

We trust that as President, Joe Biden will lead an urgent, comprehensive national effort to contain the COVID pandemic. We trust he will call on Americans to remember our common interests and responsibilities, and not worsen the grievances that have polarized our politics. And we trust that he will defend American interests and values from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Given the incumbent president’s lack of competent leadership, his efforts to aggravate rather than bridge divisions among Americans, and his failure to uphold American values, we believe the election of former Vice President Biden is clearly in the national interest.

For those reasons and more, we feel certain supporting Joe Biden is the right decision for our country in this dangerous moment. This is a cause worth the fighting for.

Emily Abell
2008 Presidential Campaign
Production Manager

Rosemary Alexander
United States Senate
Office Manager

Philip Baker-Shenk
United States Senate
General Counsel

Steven Barney
United States Senate
General Counsel

David Bentley
United States Senate
Legislative Staff Assistant

Crystal Benton
United States Senate and 2008 Presidential Campaign
Press Secretary

Lisa Boepple
United States House of Representatives
Administrative Assistant

Steven Bogden
2008 Presidential Campaign
Economic Policy Advisor

David Boyajian
2008 Presidential Campaign
Advance

Lance Bultena
United States Senate
Counsel, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Christopher Burt
2008 Presidential Campaign
Advance Team

Gahl Hodges Burt
2008 Presidential Campaign
Surrogate Coordinator

Scott Butler, CAPT USN (ret)
United States Senate
Military Fellow

Ellen Cahill
United States Senate
Scheduler/Executive Assistant

Niki Christoff
2008 Presidential Campaign
Domestic & Economic Policy

Damien Christopher
United States Senate
U.S. Navy Legislative Fellow

Torie Clarke
United States Senate
Press Secretary

Kate Coletti
2008 Presidential Campaign
Director of Operations, OH & PA

Nick Connors
2008 Presidential Campaign
Political Desk Coordinator

Soren Dayton
2008 Presidential Campaign
Deputy Delegate Coordinator

Mark Delich
United States Senate
Legislative Assistant

Katie Denis
2008 Presidential Campaign
Policy Liaison

Doug Denneny
United States Senate
Military Legislative Fellow

Anne Dixon (Wisniewski)
2008 Presidential Campaign
Political Intern

J. Peter Donald
2008 Presidential Campaign
Advance

Joe Donoghue
United States Senate
Legislative Director

Eric D. Eberhard
United States Senate
Legislative Counsel; Committee Staff Director

Daniel Edwards
United States Senate
Intern

Scott Eisner
2000 Presidential Campaign
Director, War Room

Sonya Sotak Elling
United States Senate
Health Care Policy Advisor

Stacia Smith Feinberg
2000 Presidential Campaign
Regional Volunteer Coordinator

Heather Mirjahangir Fernandez
2000 Presidential Campaign
Deputy Press Secretaru

Christian Ferry
2000 and 2008 Presidential Campaigns
Staffer and Deputy Campaign Manager

Chris Fidler
2000 and 2008 Presidential Campaigns
Washington State Co-Chair

Matthew Filter
United States Senate
Legislative Assistant

Matthew Flanders
2008 Presidential Campaign
New Hampshire Primary/General Staff

Richard Fontaine
United States Senate
Foreign Policy Advisor

Max Fose
2000 Presidential Campaign
Treasurer and Digital Manager

Peter Fotos
United States Senate
Legislative Correspondent

Andrew Foxwell
2008 Presidential Campaign
Intern

Rob Freeman
United States Senate
Deputy Chief of Staff

Judith Gamboa
2000 Presidential Campaign
Volunteer Coordinator

James F. Gibson
2008 Presidential Campaign
HQ Volunteer Coordinator

Thomas J. Gibson
2000 Presidential Campaign
Policy teams; Advance SC & VA

Juleanna Glover
2008 Presidential Campaign
Press Aide

Gordon Gray
2008 Presidential Campaign
Deputy Director, Domestic and Economic Policy

Peter Gregory
2008 Presidential Campaign
Law Students for McCain

Graham W. Grieve
United States Senate
Staff Assistant

Deb Gullett
United States Senate
Administrative Assistant

Wes Gullett
United States Senate
State Director

Ben Haney
2008 Presidential Campaign
Advance Representative

Bo Harmon
2008 Presidential Campaign
Voter Contact Director

Elton Hayes
United States Senate
Legislative Correspondent

Jill Hazelbaker
2008 Presidential Campaign
Communications Director

Chelsea Henderson
2000 Presidential Campaign
Volunteer

Suzanne Hernandez
United States Senate
Constituent Advocate

Paul Hickman
United States Senate
State Director

Rachel Hoff
United States Senate
SASC Communications

Greg Houston
2000 Presidential Campaign
Campaign Aide

Erik Howell
2000 Presidential Campaign
Intern

Michael Huffstetler
2008 Presidential Campaign
Strategy

Michael Jaconi
2008 Presidential Campaign
Aide

Michael C. Jimenez
U.S. House of Representatives and United States Senate
Legislative Assistant

Michelle Gramley Kauk
United States Senate
Staff Assistant

Lisa Graham Keegan
2008 Presidential Campaign
Education Advisor

Rebecca Wales Kiessling
2008 Presidential Campaign
Deputy Youth Director

Lauren Kennedy
United States Senate
Legislative Assistant

Christopher Koch
United States Senate
Chief of Staff

Rob Kubasko
2008 Presidential Campaign
Creative Director

Greg Kuhn
United States Senate
Legislative Correspondent

Carole Kuhn
2008 Presidential Campaign
Scheduler — VP Nominee

Bridget Lanouette
United States Senate
Legislative Assistant

Travis Larson
2000 Presidential Campaign
Deputy Press Secretary

Sheila Lazzari
United States Senate
Staff Assistant

Lauren Escher Lennon
2008 Presidential Campaign
Strategy

Daniel Lerner
United States Senate
Professional Staff Member

Kimmie Lipscomb
2008 Presidential Campaign
Director of Press Advance

Jacqueline Harrison Lowe
2008 Presidential Campaign
Messaging

Jen Lux
2008 Presidential Campaign
National Advance Lead

Peter Madigan
2008 Presidential Campaign
Field team

Nick Matiella
United States Senate
Legislative Assistant

Danny Mazza
United States Senate
Former Senate Intern

Caitlin McBride
2008 Presidential Campaign
Advance Coordinator

Jana McKeag
2008 Presidential Campaign
Co-Chair, American Indians for McCain

Claire Sechler Merkel
United States Senate and 2008 Presidential Campaign
Chief of Staff to Mrs. McCain

David A. Merkel
2008 Presidential Campaign, Member
Foreign Policy Advisory Group

Tim Miller
2008 Presidential Campaign
Iowa Communications Director

Talal Mir
United States Senate
Legislative Assistant

Heather Mullon
United States Senate
System Administrator

George A. Munro
2000 Presidential Campaign
California/Washington Coordinator

Mike Murphy
2000 Presidential Campaign
Strategist

Bettina Nava
2000 and 2008 Presidential Campaigns
Arizona State Director

Vinh Nguyen
2008 Presidential Campaign
Senior National Advance Representative

Natalie Nicolas
United States Senate
Analyst, Senate Armed Services Committee

Jim O’Brien
2008 Presidential Campaign
NH Leadership Team Member

Howard Opinsky
2000 Presidential Campaign
National Press Secretary

Justin Oppmann
2000 Presidential Campaign
Director, Patriots Network

Art Parsells
2008 Presidential Campaign
Senior Data Analyst

Debbie Paul
United States Senate
Office Manager

Brooke Sikora Purcell
United States Senate
Legislative Assistant

Virginia Pounds
United States Senate
Administrative Manager

Will Quinn
United States Senate
Professional Staff Member, Armed Services Committee

Megan K. Reilly
United States Senate
Intern

Jada Rivera
United States Senate
Intern

Kate Roberts
2008 Presidential Campaign
Advance Trip Coordinator

Jon Rosenthal
United States Senate
Research Analyst, Senate Armed Services Committee

Diane Salter
U.S. House of Representatives and United States Senate
Scheduler

Mark Salter
United States Senate
Administrative Assistant

Shay Saucedo
United States Senate
Southern Arizona Outreach Manager

Andrea Saul
2008 Presidential Campaign
Director of Media Affairs

Kori Schake
2008 Presidential Campaign
Senior Policy Advisor

Frank Scholley
2000 Presidential Campaign
Campaign volunteer

Sarah Hardy Scott
2008 Presidential Campaign
Media Production

Nancy Ives Schroeder
United States Senate and 2008 Presidential Campaign
Communications Director and Press Secretary

Dave Sessions
2008 Presidential Campaign
Communications Staff

George Sheehan
United States Senate
Staff Assistant

Mike Sistak
United States Senate
Research Assistant, Senate Armed Services Committee

Doug Smith
United States Senate
Legislative Correspondent

Mark SooHoo
2008 Presidential Campaign
Deputy eCampaign Director

Katie Daryl Sotak-Adams
United States Senate
Press Office Assistant

Peter Spaulding
2000 and 2008 Presidential Campaigns
N.H. Primary Chair

Lindsay Stanton
2008 Presidential Campaign
Deputy California Finance Director

Sarah Simmons Swanson
2008 Presidential Campaign
Director of Strategy

Becky Tallent
United States Senate
Chief of Staff

Jacob Terrell
United States Senate
Legislative Correspondent/ Driver

Gwendolyn van Paasschen
United States Senate
Legislative Assistant

Dane Waters
2008 Presidential Campaign
Advisor

David Welch
2000 and 2008 Presidential Campaigns
Research

Gregory Wendt
2008 Presidential Campaign
Senior Advisor

Davis White
2008 Presidential Campaign
Director of Advance and Operations

Grant Woods
U.S. House of Representatives
Chief of Staff

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100+ former campaign, House, and Senate staffers of the late Senator John McCain supporting Vice President Biden for President

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