In an interview with Washington Post Live, Cindy McCain talked about her new memoir, “Stronger: Courage, Hope & Humor in My Life with John McCain,” the future of the Republican Party and her friendship with Joe and Jill Biden.

Highlights

Cindy McCain says Joe and Jill Biden were the first Senate couple she met, adding that it was Jill who introduced her to John McCain. “They were and are such a lovely couple…Jill made sure John met me and the rest is history.” (Washington Post Live)
Cindy McCain said her husband, John McCain, relied on her to tell him the truth when others wouldn’t. "You would find people surrounding us saying, ‘Oh, yes, you did a great job, John. That was wonderful. Good for you,’ and it really wasn’t a good speech at all, so I knew I had to tell him the truth. He relied on me to tell him the truth because a lot of times that didn’t happen.” (Washington Post Live)
Cindy McCain said the Republican Party is struggling, but she believes they can “come back from this.” Our party is not the party of inclusion, the party of acceptance, the party of Abraham Lincoln that it was when John and I first started doing this, but I also believe that we can come back from this.” (Washington Post Live)

Cindy McCain

Cindy McCain is the chairman of the board of the McCain Institute for International Leadership. Married to Senator John McCain for nearly four decades, Cindy became well known for her support of military families and for her speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention that nominated John as the party’s presidential candidate. She is chairman of her family business, Hensley Beverage Company, and her extensive philanthropic and humanitarian work has won her many awards. Cindy and John raised four children together: Meghan, Jack, Jimmy, and Bridget. Cindy now travels extensively to raise awareness of human trafficking around the world, but her home base remains in Phoenix, Arizona.