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Senate confirms Cindy McCain, former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake as ambassadors

ABC News
ABC News
 2021-10-26

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Three of President Joe Biden’s major nominees were confirmed to ambassadorships by the Senate on Tuesday.

Former Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who left office in 2019 , was confirmed as ambassador to Turkey, while former Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico was confirmed to be ambassador to New Zealand.

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Cindy McCain, the wife of late GOP Sen. John McCain, was confirmed to the rank of ambassador during her tenure of service as U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, FILE - PHOTO: Former U.S. Senator Jeff Flake walks through the halls outside of the Senate Chamber in Washington, Jan. 21, 2021.

All three nominees were confirmed unanimously.

Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly, a Democrat, asked for unanimous consent to confirm Cindy McCain. Kelly was mentored by John McCain prior to his death in 2018 and won his Senate seat last year. Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, also of Arizona, was presiding over the Senate when the nomination was confirmed and was visibly excited.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images,FILE - PHOTO: Sen. Jeff Flake participates in a reenacted swearing-in with his wife Cheryl Flake and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in the Old Senate Chamber in Washington, Jan. 3, 2013.

Flake and McCain were some of Biden’s most ardent Republican supporters during the 2020 presidential election. They were censured by the Arizona Republican Party in January for their staunch criticism of former President Donald Trump.

MORE: Arizona Republicans censure Cindy McCain, GOP governor

"When I began in the Republican Party officially, the Republican party was the party of inclusion. It was the party of generosity. It was the party of 'country first,'" Cindy McCain said of the censure. "We have lost our way and it's time that we get back on track."

"I truly hope that as things progress on, and we get further away from this mess that occurred, that we can do just that," she added. "We can get back on track and remind everyone that we are here for the country and not our party."

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Jeanette
10-27

GOOD ! THESE are good respectful Republicans. Thank YOU President Biden for recognizing that fact. Welcome aboard Cindy McCain and Jeff Flake. It gives ME hope that there are some good Republicans on the Democratic team. And I am an Independent Registered Voter.

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Fred Zehend
10-27

Correct. The country always comes first. Unfortunately, the GOP is not the bad guy here. Take a good look at the past year, then say this again. Talk is cheap.

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mary simmons
10-27

In order for the CPA..COMMUNIST PARTY OF AMERICA..i.e...the Republican GOP, to do that which they have never done becore.. is to clean house...they have too many old career senators that are lifers and have gone ROAD..they are doing nothing but creating havoc in this country and collecting a welfare check they truly do not deserve.

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