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
Related: Watch McCain discuss Romney suspending his campaign and uniting the GOP
McCain is anti-American and will never get my vote. His rhetoric about "I got the message" about the borders is totally superficial. He destroys the value of American citizenship when he gives it away. I am sure corporate America will embrace McCain, but true conservatives and loyal Americans will not.
I will not vote for anyone that supports amnesty. Being a former POW does not mean a person is a loyal American today.
Additionally, anyone that believes that Bush has been a wonderful president needs their head examined!!!
Unbelieveable!!! This republican will vote for Obama!!!!!!
Loved the headline. Curious as to what McCain did call him! Sorry Mittens, the kitty left and took the piggy bank.
I will vote for you John, but I refuse to like it. I have never felt more excitement about any presidential candidate until Mitt came along. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome the "new" era of American and its decline to mediocracy as a world power along with all of the other nations of the EU... maybe then we can substitute the euro for the dollar.
Looks like the republican heads are making Mitt and Huck give up their bid to be president and let McCain be the front runner. Welcome to the wonderful world of John McCain!!!
I am so sad to hear of Romney's withdrawal.
Just when you think things couldn't get any worse! What are we to do?!!
All is lost . . . during McCain's speech, you can see and hear the disdain he has for Romney and the joke he thinks Huckebee is – no hand of reconciliation, no humbleness or gratitude, not even a kind or grateful word – borderline disrespect – I now have no doubts about it now – I will never, ever vote for this man. His pride will be his undoing.
Did we just hear a "concession" speech by the future VP nominee?
This is really unfortunate news. More a case of Huckabee and Romney splitting too many voters then McCain being the best IMHO. I vote on character, temperament, and leadership and it looks like Obama will get my 'Republican' vote. I can't see myself suporting McCain. I'm done with that type of government.
Shocked? With tens of thousands of informed Americans reading ExposeRomney.com, it's no wonder he dropped out. He couldn't keep up the deception with so much evidence against him. Flip-flopper, deceiver, an fundamentalist. Good-bye Romney. America was not ready to be dragged back to the 19th century.
Supporters of Romney will not give their votes to McCain, they will go to Huckabee. If they wanted McCain, they would have voted for him not Romney.
Hey McCain, call someone who cares!
As before, it still only leaves on real conservative in the race: Ron Paul.
Hope you win JOHN. Americans need 4 more years of butt kicking before they finally wake-up.
Huckabee is NOT DROPPING OUT! He's already made that clear. McCain isn't the final choice, people.