DENVER, Colorado (CNN) – John McCain’s campaign said Friday that Fred Thompson and Sam Brownback will join the presumptive GOP nominee in North Carolina next week for a major speech on judicial appointments.
Both Thompson and Brownback have endorsed the Arizona senator, and both Republicans presented themselves throughout the Republican primary battle as “consistent conservatives,” particularly regarding social issues and judicial appointments.
The speech, to be held Tuesday at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, will be just one element of a broader outreach to conservatives next week, according to the campaign.
McCain is expected to discuss the kinds of judges he would appoint up and down the federal bench.
Among grassroots conservatives, McCain has a spotty record on judicial nominees given his prominent role in the so-called “Gang of 14” compromise in 2005.
At the time, McCain helped bring together 14 Democratic and Republican senators to reach a deal on avoiding the so-called “nuclear option,” which would have overruled a lengthy Democratic filibuster preventing the confirmation of three conservative judicial nominees appointed by President Bush.