February 14th, 2008
04:45 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney endorses McCain for GOP nomination

Mitt Romney looks on as Sen. John McCain speaks during their Thursday press conference.

Mitt Romney looks on as Sen. John McCain speaks during their Thursday press conference.

(CNN) - Former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney announced Thursday that he is backing Sen. John McCain in his bid for the Oval Office.

"I am honored today to give my full support to Sen. McCain," Romney said in a joint news conference with Sen. McCain by his side.

"This is a man capable of leading our country in this dangerous hour."

Romney said he had no doubt McCain should be the next president of the United States.

After his announcement, Romney introduced McCain as a true American hero.

CNN learned the negotiations that led to the Romney endorsement included a prominent role by John Weaver, who was McCain's top political strategist until he was forced out in a campaign shakeup last summer.

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Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Mary

    Now there's an endorsement worth getting!...One loser to another.

    February 14, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Amy in Iowa

    And the democrats who left, Biden, Edwards, and Richardson, are all too weak or scared to let Mama know they like Obama. What a bunch of wimps.

    February 14, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. Val Davydov, MA

    Nice move Governor. Very nice. It couldn't have been better!

    Romeny 2012!

    February 14, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. Daniel

    Good! This just continues to draw a stark contrast between Romney, and the selfish, lying Huckabee. Romney's endorsement will be big for McCain. Romney's supporters already would be MUCH more likely to support McCain than Huckabee as it is. Also, Huckabee isn't being taken seriously anymore anyway. Hopefully Huckabee will bow out now anyway. For goodness sake! He was still in 3rd place even 6 contests after Romney dropped out!

    February 14, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    A phony endorses a madman.

    Yeah right Mitt, you're hopping McCain loses so you can run in 2012.
    Wanna be a good Republican soldier eh.

    Doesn't matter, the BuzzSaw Obama will get to you to in 2012.

    February 14, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. Brian

    Proud of you Mitt! you have my vote in 2012

    February 14, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. Alex

    No surprise, he wants to be Vice President.

    February 14, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. james

    When you waste millions on your own campaign and lose it makes sense in business terms to start selling endorsements to another campaign.

    February 14, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. Its a wonderful life

    This reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode. Mitt has been "McCained". I can see the scar on his left temple. Say it ain't so.

    February 14, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. RR

    It is good for the party as well as for the gentlemen who agree to forget differences.

    Will John Edwards come forward and declare his endorsement to Clinton?

    February 14, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. scottincottnwdhghts

    We all understand that Mitt Romney is being a good sport by issuing his endorsement. That doesn't change the fact that the Republicans will be saddled with 70+ McCain, a war hero of the past, running against 40 + Obama, a perceived hero of the future. McCain is the one who said that we could be in Iraq for 100 years if necessary. The only thing that would be worse than McCain is to have the Huckster as his running mate. The Republican party will remember this as the disaster of '08. As a lifelong Republican, I will not cast a ballot for McCain. If the Huckster is added to the ticket, I will vote for Hillary because she is more conservative.

    February 14, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. puddytat

    If that's what will be on Larry King .... Guess I'll listen to Michael Savage .

    February 14, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. Chris - Atlanta

    Ok is it just me or has it been ever since Romney dropped out that he keeps harping on some impending doom that is going to befall our country...I know we are in a war on terror but the way he keeps bringing it up bothers me.....its almost like our country is being prepped for another war....Iran anyone???

    I think the Republicans are going to start using the old fear tactics to scare people into thinking that if they don't vote for McCain we are all going to die....

    February 14, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. Rand

    Funny! Hilarious! LOL Conservatives bend over and take It!

    February 14, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. Maha

    Haha, I knew McCain's personal phone call to Romney (after he dropped out) secretly had something to do with endorsement!

    So, who's next to drop out of the Republican party?~

    February 14, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. Lt Webb

    We really thought Romney was Smarter than this. I never thought he would Stoop low enough to back the lowest of Low and tha't Mccain.
    Mccain is a Democrat, and a Traitor to all Americans and All veterans.

    we vote early next week, My vote goes to Huck


    February 14, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. curtis in WI

    And this is why Mr Romney didn't get the nomination – his views are his views only as long as they are expedient. They he adopts whatever is popular at the moment.

    February 14, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. BA

    Romney just choose the lesser of the two evils. If McCain wants to win the election, he needs to put Romney on his ticket for the VP. This economy needs Mitt to watch over our economy. We can't wait 4-8 years for that. I hope McCain gets that message. McCain/Romney for '08!

    February 14, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  19. philp

    The news is good but whoever took that picture is a really good photographer

    February 14, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  20. jackson

    C'mon John Edwards! If Mitt is big enough to do it, so are you.

    February 14, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  21. Brad

    Looks like John's make-up artists are having a tougher and tougher time – he looks a little haggard in this photo – a little bit more like the real John McCain. As the expression goes, 'you can't put lipstick on a pig."

    February 14, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  22. David

    Romney would endorse a sheep if it would get him anywhere.

    February 14, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  23. grb

    I don't think we get it it's either a 100 years in Iraq with McWar or a 100 years of debit with either democrat. We should demand a do over!!!

    February 14, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. Mohammad, LA CA

    Lt Webb, being a liberal/democrat means you're a traitor?

    February 14, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  25. TalkingWall

    Every minute Huckabee stays in this race he looks more like the kid who got picked next to last at the sandlot. That guy needs to get out, there's nothing to prove and this has nothing to do with letting voters be heard. At this point, it doesn't even matter if they are heard because the nomination is sewn up. Besides, who could imagine a "President Huckabee". It just sounds cartoonish.

    February 14, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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