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(WASHINGTON) – Three of President Joe Biden’s top candidates were confirmed for ambassadorial post by the Senate on Tuesday.

Former Senator Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who stepped down in 2019, has been confirmed as Ambassador to Turkey, while former Democratic Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico has been confirmed as Ambassador to New Mexico. Zealand.

Cindy McCain, wife of the late GOP Senator John McCain, was confirmed as Ambassador during her tenure as United States Representative to United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies.

The three nominees were unanimously confirmed.

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

Flake and McCain were among Biden’s strongest Republican supporters in the 2020 presidential election. They were censored by the Arizona Republican Party in January for their fierce criticism of former President Donald Trump.

“When I officially started in the Republican Party, the Republican Party was the party of inclusion. It was the feast of generosity. It was the ‘country first’ party, ”Cindy McCain said of censorship. “We have lost our way and it is time to get back on track.”

“I really hope that as things move forward and we move away from this mess that has happened, 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 for our party. “

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