WASHINGTON (CNN) - John McCain called Mitt Romney shortly after the former Massachusetts governor announced he was quitting his presidential bid, CNN has learned.
According to a senior McCain adviser, McCain told Romney that he "admired his speech today and that he was a tough competitor." McCain also told Romney he looks forward to sitting down with him at the earliest opportunity.
McCain did not ask Romney for his endorsement.
This McCain adviser also said the Arizona senator will soon call Mike Huckabee as well, but that "Huckabee will be making the decisions he will make."
We're also told McCain will reach out to Romney's supporters and ask for their votes when he speaks at the top of the hour at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference.
"John McCain is the presumptive nominee of the Republican party now," said the McCain adviser, "he will make that clear and also make clear he intends to unite the party."
- CNN's Dana Bash
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