May 20th, 2009
10:40 AM ET
10 years ago

McCain returns favor, endorses Crist

 Crist's support was crucial for McCain in the state's Republican presidential primary last year.

Crist's support was crucial for McCain in the state's Republican presidential primary last year.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist endorsed John McCain the weekend before McCain won the state's pivotal Republican primary last year, a victory that may very well have sealed the GOP nomination for the Arizona senator.

On Wednesday, John McCain returned the favor.

"Today I am pleased to endorse Charlie Crist for the United States Senate," McCain said in a statement released by Crist's campaign.

"Now more than ever, we need leaders who are committed to lower taxes, limiting government spending, and fighting for the people are needed in Washington," he said.

McCain is the latest top Republican to endorse Crist's Senate bid as party leaders in Washington look to avoid a difficult primary battle in Florida. Crist is facing an intra-party challenge from former state House speaker Marco Rubio, but according to a new Mason-Dixon poll, Crist leads Rubio by 35 points.

Full statement after the jump

Senator John McCain Endorses Charlie Crist for Senate

Tallahassee-The Charlie Crist for Senate Campaign today announced the endorsement of United States Senator John McCain.

"Today I am pleased to endorse Charlie Crist for the United States Senate," said Senator McCain. "Now more than ever, we need leaders who are committed to lower taxes, limiting government spending, and fighting for the people are needed in Washington."

"As Governor, Charlie Crist has demonstrated his commitment to these fiscally conservative principles by delivering the largest tax cut in Florida history, reducing government spending, and focusing on the issues that are important to Floridians," continued Senator McCain. "I was proud to have had Charlie's support in my campaign, and I am proud to support him in his campaign. I am proud to call him my friend and look forward to calling him my colleague."


Filed under: Charlie Crist • John McCain
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Jayden,FL

    I wonder what Limbaugh has to say about this!

    May 20, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    well there is the kiss of death........

    May 20, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. ~~ July ~~

    McCain returns favor, endorses Crist
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    oh man! Crist you just got the kiss of death!

    May 20, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Voice Of Florida

    Supporting Nazis is BAD

    May 20, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. JOE

    Well McCains, endoresment will mean the Kiss Of Death for this Rupub..

    May 20, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. maf

    When McCain opens his mouth to spout "lower taxes, smaller government . . .blah, blah, blah," it just goes to show that the GOP continue not to GET IT! Crist, as a Senator, will be lost in the sheep herd, and if he continues to spout the tired Republican rhetoric, his run may be short and sweet.

    May 20, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. Biff Hedrickson

    Gov Crist will be a fine senator.

    May 20, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Biff Biffington

    These guys (republicans) are in trouble. If Crist loses the primary to the moonbat from the ultra right, the Democrat will will that senate seat easily.

    THAT is why the establishment is lining up behind him.

    It is so much fun being a Democrat right now, I am giddy !

    May 20, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Biff Biffington

    Joe..

    I call you out as a poser, troll.

    You were NEVER a Democrat, or you would realize the policies being put in place are SPECIFICALLY for the middle class.

    May 20, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Claudia in Houson

    Did McCain do any vetting on Crist, I doubt it.

    May 20, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    McCain's cred went out the window when he chose Sugarskirt.

    What a sell out.

    May 20, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Bev - NYC

    Governor Crist look really thrilled to have McCain's endorsement. Talk about a picture saying a thousand words.

    May 20, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. Akins

    Crist is boarding MaCain loosing wagon. Good luck!

    May 20, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. MARTHA COTHAM

    Republicians still blind leading the blind. Crist you have been elimated already by McClain.
    These Republicians disagree with anything as we need to pull together. You guys already have made other alies loose our trust etc.
    McCain retire.

    May 20, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. Dizzy in PA

    When the hard right calls one of their own a RINO, to this independent it means I need to take a second look at him!!

    May 20, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Carl

    I live in Arizona and I am a Republican,but I haven't and never will vote for JUAN McCAIN. Mr.Crist had better step away from Juan.

    May 20, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. carol

    Goodbye, Charlie. McCain endorsement = kiss of death.

    May 20, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. herome

    Can we all just admit that Crist is a homosexual and that our party rejects homosexuals and their deviant behavior?

    May 20, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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