February 24th, 2010
09:08 AM ET
8 years ago

McCain gets re-election support from McDonnell

 Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday he is ‘proud’ to support Sen. John McCain for re-election.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday he is ‘proud’ to support Sen. John McCain for re-election.

Washington (CNN) - Another prominent Republican is lining up behind Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, in his primary fight against former Rep. J.D. Hayworth.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday he is "proud" to support McCain, calling him "a leader of character, courage and principle."

"Over the last year, the American people have taken a firm stand for smaller government and new pro-growth policies to create the jobs we so desperately need," McDonnell said in a statement. "These are the principles that Senator McCain fights for every day, and we need him now more than ever in the United States Senate."

The Arizona senator and former presidential candidate was a frequent presence on the campaign trail with McDonnell during his closely-watched bid for governor last year. McCain hosted fundraisers for the then-candidate and helped him shore up support among veterans in the commonwealth.

McCain has already collected endorsements from other GOP stars such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Filed under: Bob McDonnell • John McCain
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Avi Shlomo

    I say let's source out the Republicans and Democrates. They are not fit to lead besides if both parties approved and alllowed sourcing out our jobs why do not we vote to source out theirs?

    February 24, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |

    Sorry, McCain = McToast. JD all the way!!!

    February 24, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. Scott, Tucson

    McCain is going to have a tough fight on his hands come November. He's only a true staunch conservative when it's election time here, after an sucessful election he than becomes Juan McCain joining the democrats in wanting to give amnesty to all the illegals.

    February 24, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. hongli

    I hope that Hispanic Americans remember that John McCain voted against an Hispanic High Court Judge that President Obama elected and give him the full treatment in the elections. Please Arizona,Vote this CLOWN out of your State immediately.

    February 24, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. Mike, Montreal

    It's a matter of time that hypocrite McCain will be shown the way even with all the supports from Palin and the rest....!!!!

    February 24, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. notfooledbydistractions

    Sorry to say, but McCains best days are behind him. He's no longer "The Maverick" he's morphed into "The Hack". No longer taking principled positions on the issues. He's also taken to rewriting history. If you don't have principles or convictions you have nothing.


    February 24, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    These two can put America back 50 years. Character, courage and principle? Courage yes, but that is all there is for the flip-flopper from AZ. Principle and character have not been a part of McCain's resume since he ran for president.

    February 24, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. GAG me with a spoon

    McDonnell has a lot of pay back he is shoving down the throats of Virginians daily.

    February 24, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. jfs Memhis, Tn

    There is no doubt that a brand new Gov. from Virginia with less than three months in that position will pull lots of AZ votes for John. Am I jumping to conclusions ...but I wasn't aware that voters in Va could vote in Az ??? Cnn....it appears that your editors have absolutely NO POLITICAL NEWS TO REPORT AT ALL and are out trying to make stories. I am now becoming more skeptical of the value of any of your political tripe or polls. You need to stop trying to be FOX News or trying to out doing them...believe me you loyal readers and viewers are not the same audience.

    February 24, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. historian

    How much time does John McCain spend in the Senate? Seems every time he is in the news he is doing nothing but professional campaigning. Don't we want someone who works for the people and not for himself?

    February 24, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. 8 Years of 2 Wars and Tax Breaks, did the shrub pass out in Econ 101 at Yale?

    No appearance at CPAC and now supporting a RINO?

    Careful McDonnell or the tea baggers will be calling you a traitor too, like they are calling "bare" Brown, after his voted for the constituents of MA but against the Red agenda of "NO".

    You will called a RINO as well, and a safari hunt will be instigated by the cons, if this should continue!

    February 24, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Wil

    I'm still waiting for Mcsane to get a real endorsment I wouldn't put much in the Gov. of Virginia who's first act as such was to cut education spending and health care for the poor and to allow guns in bars and resturants. The first time I see a gun in one Im leaving never to return and i will let the manager know and tell all my friends and family. So good luck with that one McCain Mcdonnells 15 minutes are all most up.

    February 24, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    John McCain has so many skeletons in his closet until there is no room for character, courage and principle. McCain has never done a darn thing in support of Veterans; he didn't support them for stimulous payment, increase in pay, medical care like he enjoys and didn't give a darn about the conditions at Walter Reed Hospital.

    February 24, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. Ben in Texas

    Elsewhere on this board, folks (including myself) have roundly criticized James Traficant, convicted felon, for running for office. However, most have forgotten, or don't know, about McCain's sordid past as one of the Keating 5. He was up to his neck in scandal over improperly intervening in a savings and load investigation in order to help out a rich buddy. Three of those 5 senators did not run for re-election, but McCain and John Glenn did, and we still have McCain, corrupt as he is, in the senate.

    How can folks be so adamantly against one crook running for office and still support a crook who's been in office for decades? Can you answer, Gov. McDonnell?

    February 24, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Wow put them in kilts and we can have a river dance,because thats about all these two bums are good for.hahaha

    February 24, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. Brian phoenix

    As an independant voter in Arizona I don't care how many "endorsements" he gets. I, for one, will not vote for him. He has done nothing – absolutely nothing – for the people of Arizona. He has his own agenda and that agenda does not include the welfare of his constituents in any way.

    February 24, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. Annie, Atlanta

    The same McDonnell who just recently signed an executive order allowing discrimination against gay and lesbian residents of his state? Lovely.

    February 24, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. JK

    The Senator McCain the Governor is describing must be the one hiding behind the RINO.

    February 24, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. Kate

    Where is McCain's courage and principle in helping out the American people. He doesn't have ANY!!! He needs to go.

    February 24, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. laurence

    Isn't that grand! Just what McCain needs.... a BIGOT'S support!

    February 24, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. th

    I am a democrat but I thought McCain was doing a great job before, but since he ran for president he really went over the deep end. He should retire and let someone else do the job that he can't.

    February 24, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. mike

    J.D. Hayworth has a "BIG MOUTH" and is a very partisan person. Though I've lost a lot of respect for John McCain for him flip flopping on so many issues these past few years, he would still be a much better Senator than J.D. Hayworth.

    February 24, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. Chris

    It is time for McCain to leave Congress!! He is a man like many others in Congress is stuck in the past!!!
    I mean heck I would prefer his daughter run for the seat!!!

    February 24, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. Publius13

    Doesn't Governor McDonnell have a budget he is supposed to be preparing? A budget that increases support for education and transportation, but that doesn't raise any taxes? Isn't that what he promised just back in October-November? The Virginia General Assembly is still waiting for the governor's budget.

    February 24, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "a leader of character, courage and principle."

    You're pushing the envelope McConnell. After all how much "character, courage, and principle" did it take for him to inflict Palin upon us? Somewhere along the line McCain became a confused, conflicted, and party first leader.

    February 24, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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