Cindy McCain speaks onstage during the U.S. VETS Salute Gala in Los Angeles on Nov. 5. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic for U.S.VETS

Cindy McCain told CNN's "Axe Files" Saturday her late husband, Sen. John McCain, would be "disgusted" by the current political climate and said she's "very disappointed" in President Trump's attacks on former Vice President Joe Biden.

Why it matters: McCain was outspoken in his criticism of President Trump when he felt it was warranted. He was admired for his ability to work across the aisle with Democrats in the Senate and occasionally broke from the GOP on certain issues. Cindy McCain told CNN he'd be "railing against what's going on" at the moment.

"John provided a lot of cover for other members. And when he would do it, then they could get behind him kind of thing. And I'm not seeing that — a real rudder in the Senate right now in all this happening."

What she's saying: The Mcains and Bidens have been longtime friends, and Cindy McCain described the former vice president in her interview with CNN host David Axelrod as a "lovely man," saying there's no reason for Trump "to disparage anyone that's running just because you disagree with them."

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Why it matters: Fauci made the comments the same day the U.S. hit its highest daily COVID-19 case count since the pandemic began.

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Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris speaks at a "Get Out The Vote" rally at Morehouse College. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Kamala Harris appealed to Black voters in Georgia on Friday, urging them to "honor the ancestors" by casting ballots, and again calling President Trump a "racist."

Why it matters: The U.S. saw a significant decline in African-American voter turnout between 2012 and 2016, reaching its lowest point since 2000. Higher turnout among Black Americans this year could tip the balance in favor of Democrats in key battleground states, including Georgia.

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