WASHINGTON (CNN) - Conservative activist Gary Bauer endorsed John McCain for president Monday.
“I admire his consistent 24-year pro-life record and demonstrated commitment to the values that keep our families and communities strong,” said Bauer, in a statement released by McCain’s campaign.
“John McCain alone has the experience, character and credibility to lead as commander in chief on day one and defeat the transcendent threat of our time - radical Islamic extremism.”
In 2000, Bauer backed McCain after ending his own White House run, saying the Arizona senator was “the best shot we have to end the era of Bill and Hillary and Al Gore.”
The former president of the Family Research Council has been a leader in the evangelical community for decades, and founded the conservative political action committee Campaign for Working Families.
The pro-life activist was also a signer of the Statement of Principles of the Project for the New American Century.