February 1st, 2008
11:00 AM ET
7 years ago

Olson formally backs McCain

(CNN) – Former Solicitor General Ted Olson formally endorsed John McCain Friday, the Arizona senator's campaign announced.

"I have long admired John McCain for his courage, character, and integrity," Olson said in a statment. "He is the candidate best prepared to lead as commander in chief from day one. John McCain has a deep-rooted conservative philosophy and I trust him to appoint strict constructionists, like Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito, to judicial positions."

CNN first reported news of the endorsement Thursday night.

Olson, who had supported Rudy Giuliani's White House bid, is a well respected conservative, particularly with respect to judicial appointments. He's a member of the highly regarded Federalist Society — an organization that promotes the teaching of state's rights and a limited federal government in the nation's best law schools.

Olson also helped steer the 2000 Florida recount effort on behalf of President Bush, and served as member of the Reagan Justice Department.

The endorsement will be a welcome one for McCain, who continues to face distrust from many of his party’s most conservative quarters. Olson has connections to many of the Arizona Republican's harshest critics, and is likely able to make inroads with some of them.

– CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. jw, canadian,ok

    But, who are Mary Kate and Ashley endorsing?

    February 1, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Matt, Cleveland OH

    "Courage, character, and integrity".

    I think he forgot to mention success, intelligence, and plan for the improvement of the nation as a whole....oh wait, those don't describe McCain, but in fact Romney.

    Yes, as a Commander in Chief leader I would prefer McCain: but we have generals who can take care of that. To pump up the economy and return to conservative ideals, we need to follow someone who can demonstrate more than an ability to survive torture...

    Romney '08

    February 1, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Lynne

    I don't think having neo-con Ted Olsen endorsing me would be such a good thing.

    February 1, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. MJ

    WELL, THAT DOES IT FOR ME. IF THE NEO-CON TED OLS0N IS ENDORSING JUAN McAMNESTY, THEN I AM VOTING FOR ROMNEY FOR SURE.

    JOHN McAMNESTY HAS AMNESTY ADVOCATES HELPING TO RUN HIS CAMPAIGN. HOW CAN PEOPLE BE SO NAIVE. LOOK AT MCCAINS SUPPORTERS, PLEASE. HIS CAMPAIGN IS FULL OF AMNESTY SUPPORTERS. MAYBE THAT'S WHY BUSH AND THAT CROWD ARE NOT SUPPORTING ROMNEY.

    February 5, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |