New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean plans to endorse John McCain.
(CNN) - CNN has learned that former New Jersey governor Tom Kean, who also served as co-chairman of the 9/11 commission, plans to endorse John McCain for president.
Two Republican sources with knowledge of the decision spoke with CNN on condition of anonymity. The event is planned for Monday in Boston. The campaign scheduled what it would only describe as a major national security related endorsement.
Kean along with former Democratic congressman Lee Hamilton led the bipartisan investigation into the government preparedness for, and response to, the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The former Republican governor was viewed as a moderate during his days in state politics – a supporter of abortion rights who also made education and environmental protection his priorities.
For McCain, the endorsement is an opportunity to highlight his campaign theme of being, in his view, the candidate best prepared to inherit the war on terror from the Bush administration.
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