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2020 DNC

Colin Powell, Cindy McCain become latest Republicans to join DNC and endorse Biden

The 2020 Democratic National Convention is featuring something it never has before: Republicans.

On the first night of this year's DNC, John Kasich, the former GOP governor of Ohio and 2016 presidential candidate, was among a group of prominent Republicans who broke ranks and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for the presidency. On Tuesday, Cindy McCain, the wife of the late GOP Sen. John McCain, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell will join them.

Cindy McCain lent her voice to a video compilation celebrating Biden and John McCain's "unlikely friendship." In a preview of the video released ahead of the DNC, Cindy McCain describes how John McCain met Biden as his Navy Senate liaison for a trip overseas. The friendship "never should've worked," and yet they traveled "thousands of miles together," and their families became close over the years.

Powell meanwhile served as secretary of state under former President George W. Bush, and is a lifelong Republican. In a preview of his address at Tuesday's DNC, Powell describes how he built the same values "growing up in the south Bronx" as Biden did in Scranton Pennsylvania. "Those values still define him, and we need to restore those values to the White House," Powell continued, saying Biden will "take care of our troops in the same way he would his own family." Kathryn Krawczyk