February 10th, 2010
09:35 AM ET
5 years ago

Norquist endorses McCain's re-election bid

Norquist endorsed John McCain's reelection bid Tuesday.
Norquist endorsed John McCain's reelection bid Tuesday.

(CNN) - On the same day he endorsed the conservative Marco Rubio in the Florida Senate race, Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist announced he is backing another Republican who isn't exactly a darling of the right - Sen. John McCain.

McCain has two challengers on his right flank in the Arizona Republican Senate primary - former congressman and talk show host J.D. Hayworth and Chris Simcox, a co-founder of the Minuteman movement.

Praising McCain for his long-standing opposition to federal earmarks and his signing of the ATR "Taxpayer Protection Pledge," Norquist said the 2008 Republican presidential nominee "consistently votes against tax increases and for spending restraint."

"John McCain, along with most of the Republicans, has been very good on not raising taxes," Norquist told Phoenix radio host Mike Broomhead on Tuesday. "But he's also been a leader on the issue that has always been important but hasn't been focused on sufficiently until this year, and that's the spending issue."

Norquist also took a swipe at Hayworth, who lost his House re-election bid in 2006 to Rep. Harry Mitchell.

"J.D. Hayworth, the challenger, needs to explain why he lost his House seat, okay?," he said. "If you can't get yourself re-elected to your House seat, what do you bring to the table on a Senate race?"

Referring to Hayworth's loss in 2006, Norquist said, "When you throw away a race like that it's very expensive to the rest of the party."


Filed under: J.D. Hayworth • John McCain
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Michael

    McCain lost horribly durring the last election and offered no solution to our economic crisis,, what makes anyone think he can do any better now

    February 10, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. WHOEVER

    Re-Electing Kain or Palin for 2012? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH In order to get re-elected, (s)he should've won in 2008 in the 1st place and in case you haven't noticed yet: both LOST [({BETHLY}]) in 2008 in a race that for SUCH A KNOWN VETERAN like McCain or with such A CONSERVATIST like Palin w/c/shouldn't have resulted in the DEFEAT it REALLY RESULTED in. There's no chance for McCain to come back and neither Palin will return, not even as Vice-Presidential Candidate! She can keep TATTLING with Nancy Grace and Gretha Van Susteren, at FOX. There's no-one who'll be missing her anyway in the year 2012.

    February 10, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Norquist wants McCain because he knows he can control him.

    McCain has proven time and again he is not a man of principle; instead, he blows whichever way the GOP strategists tell him to.

    Back tracking on his stance against torture; allowing Palin to be chosen for his running mate; going from calling Jerry Falwell an "agent of intolerance" to sucking up to him at his "university."

    The list goes on and on and on.

    McCain is a disgrace!

    February 10, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Ruth

    Please for the love of God, send this man packing back to Arizona. Haven't we suffered enough? After all, he exposed us to Sarah Palin. I have suffered enough!

    February 10, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. REPUBLICANS LIE

    Grover Norquist is one of the most evil actors on the modern political stage. He is a leading hate America acitivist with a hard core reactionary agenda to destroy our country. If McCain had a shred of decency, honor and love for our country left, which he apparently doesn't, he would immediately denouce this neo-fascists's endorsement.

    February 10, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Gary

    Grover is a hack. His words or actions are meaningless.

    February 10, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. Charles W. Skinner

    J.D. Hayworth lost his house seat due to a national backlash created by the liberal media against Pres. Bush and Republican control of congress in the 2006 elections.

    Now there's a national backlash against the liberal democrats that came into power due to their congressional mismanagement of the economy. The pendulum is swinging back, and it is likely to swing MUCH farther to the right this time than it did even in 1994.

    February 10, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Notsogood

    McCain needs to step down and practice what he says on term limits. This man is a progressive and has no need to be elected again. Republicans need new blood and better ideas. So McCain step aside and let a younger more vibrant person present a better agenda and ideas. You have served to long now and need to retreat on your golden HC and retirement plans. Republicans need a new person to represent the State of AZ.

    February 10, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Vic of New York

    Hipocrit City? Hey if Sarah Palin can defend Rush Limbaugh after he called her son a "Retart" by saying she didn't hear him – what the heck, anything is possible with the right wing Christian Totalitarian party.

    February 10, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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