Mitt Romney plans to endorse John McCain Thursday. (Photo Credit: AP)
(CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is expected to endorse U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who was Romney's rival in the Republican race for the White House, two sources familiar with the decision told CNN Thursday.
They said Romney wants the 286 delegates he won to go to McCain, who now has 827 delegates, and is the Republican front-runner.
To clinch the Republican nomination 1,191 are needed.
An announcement is expected at 3:30 p.m. ET in Boston.
Romney dropped out of the race Feb. 7, after a poor showing on Super Tuesday. He said he pulled the plug on his Republican presidential campaign "for our party and for our country."
Continuing his campaign would have delayed the Republicans from shifting attention to the general election campaign against whichever Democrat wins the nomination of their party, he said at the time.
Programming note: Watch Larry King’s exclusive interview with GOP front-runner John McCain tonight on Larry King Live at 9 P.M. Eastern.
– CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report
God love you Romney... McCain was never my choice, but I do understand why you did what you did.
See you in 2012 : )
This sickens me.
What a shame!!!! Romney tagged McCain as a liberal and pointed out all his non conservative positions. This is exactly the kind of politics we do not need in America. Away with the politics of Old. Romney Sways with the wind.
sound like the republican party is swaying on its conservative beliefs. Jump on the band wagon Romney. McCain needs as much help as he can if he has to face Obama in the general election.
Good News! Hope he would be the vice President
That's interesting, considering how McCain dislikes Romney. Very interesting.
As he should.
He can't sit on the fence 4 ever.
McCain...is the people's choice...he has true conservative values but has proven he can collaborate and compromise for the good of the nation. His judgement, leadership, and wisdom to handle the responsibilities are clear–and he has the ability to draw in those conservative democrats and independents are not in favor of moving towards a socialist-style society.
If you're for independence from government, free enterprise, famiy values, fairness and equality for all-the choice is clear.
John McCain should refuse Romneys endorsement. Everyone saw how much they disagreed on numerous topics throughout the debate. This makes both seem hypocritical. But on the other hand, as long as he can defeat the democratic nominee, I don't mind who endorses him.And again, welcome home and Semper Fi to Sen. McCains son, Jimmy.
I would never have guessed that he'd endorse McCain. The two clearly don't like one another. This comes as a shock.
Who cares for that Flip-flopper! His endorsement does more harm than good.
AGGGGHHH!! WHAT A PHONEY!!! TIPICAL FLIP-FLOPPER!! HE JUST LOST HIS 2012 BID!!
Its good to see the conservative base getting behind McCain.
If republicans want to keep the white house, conservatives need to stand behind McCain and let McCain win over independents.
McCain in 08!!
What a flip-flopper!! Last week, he was supporting Romney, but this week, he is supporting McCain!
So, what's it going to be, Multiple-Choice Mitt?!
Can you say sell-out? Yet another proof the Republicans vote party over country.
Hmm. Seems sort of odd. The guy who claimed to be a "true" conservative endorsing the guy he criticized for not being conservative enough. Of course Huckabee insulted his religion so he's out.
HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!
This coming from the same guy touted himself as the "real conservative", bitterly debated McCain, and dislikes McCain.
The conservative radio talk-show hosts are going to have a field day with this one. I can't wait to watch HANNITY AND COLMES tonight. Poor Hannity will be crushed!
Obama in '08!
Talk about playing it safe. He safely dropped out, and now he's safely endorsing this late in the game. So much for him backing the only conservative candidate who's out there fighting the good fight–Mike Huckabee.
CNN also reports that true to form, Romney will then announce tomorrow that he supports Huckabee, denying that his initial position on the issue was only "theoretical".
Now Huckabee... Romney has proven his integrity and love for this country. Please follow suit so that we can beat Obama/Clinton.
Don't let your ego, or whatever agenda keeps you in, cost us our chance, Huckabee. We need to strengthen our party before November. Too much is at stake.
Huckabee... show you care as much for the party as you say and show us a miracle... step down. Get behind and support the frontrunner like Romney. We don't have a chance if you don't.
HAHAHAHA!!! Huckabee sucks!!
No matter what back room deals have been swung . If Romney endorses Macain I still wont vote for him because he is too liberal and he is for amnesty and the NAFTA hwy. My neighborhood is over run by illegal aliens and the property value is lowered by there presence. Go Obama and take billery and mcClueless with you!!
I wonder what McCain offered Romney in return...
I said it a couple of weeks ago, though I don't agree with McCain on everything (I only agree with myself on everything), it wouldn't be a bad thing if he is President for one term (as he has stated) and then Romney is the nominee in 2012.
Now if he could help McCain bag 6-8 states that he did when he was running, that would go along way to a Romney Presidency in 2012 (maybe Secretary of commerce in the meantime.............).
Condi Rice or Liz Dole would both be excellent VP choices.
Please, just not Huckabee.
Good to see that All republicans are getting together to kick the Democratics.
Big surprise there... Not. Who was he going to endorse?? Huckabee doesn't stand a snowball's chance...