June 4th, 2010
08:35 AM ET
5 years ago

Former rivals now teaming up

John McCain and Mitt Romney are teaming up Friday in Arizona.
John McCain and Mitt Romney are teaming up Friday in Arizona.

(CNN) - They were once bitter rivals. But that's so 2007 and early 2008, when John McCain and Mitt Romney were battling for the Republican presidential nomination.

Friday they team up in Arizona, as the former Massachusetts governor helps campaign for Sen. McCain, who's battling for a fifth term in office.

Romney, who may make another bid for the White House, is scheduled to be a special guest at a McCain town hall meeting in Mesa, according to the senator's campaign. McCain is facing a tough primary challenge from the right launched by former seven-term Rep. JD Hayworth, who most recently was a popular conservative radio talk show host. The two will face off in Arizona's August 24 primary.

After dropping out of the hunt for the presidency in early 2008, Romney quickly backed McCain and campaigned for the GOP nominee in the general election. He has endorsed McCain's Senate re-election bid and campaigned for the senator in Arizona in March, when Romney was in Phoenix for a book signing.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    The dream pair of ´flip-flops¨.

    June 4, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. tony

    This is funny stuff looser helping looser.

    June 4, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  3. Ruty

    This only goes to prove what hipocrits these guys are. Birds of a feather flock together. How true–how true!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. TOTUS FOR PRESIDENT

    Mitt, you almost had me on-board with your campaign. But siding with McRINO?? Sorry, with this lack of judgment, you are no longer qualified for the job...

    June 4, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. cspurgeon

    Pigs in a pod.

    June 4, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  6. jerseylou

    TWO WORDS.....One for the both of them,Despicable an Deplorable

    June 4, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. Hendrik

    McCain is a bit scared for his future. First he walks the fence with this wannabee sheriff whose county does not even border Mexico. Now he teams up with this washed up Romney who is a disgrace to his Mormon roots. Nothing new here for the "Maverick". Babeu the sheriff, Joe the Plumber, dimwit Sarah, Romney. Hey John, anything new?

    June 4, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  8. GI Joe

    Yuck to both of them.

    The reactive old man and the hair spray advertisement. NO

    June 4, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  9. FordhamLaw TX

    Those two opportunists deserve each other. Maybe Johnny Mac can help Mittens chase Guatemalans off his lawn with his vermin hunting gun. What a couple of phonies.

    June 4, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. Mark

    McCain appears washed up. Just doesn't have what it takes any longer and his memory is getting pathetic.

    June 4, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. Stacie

    This is no surprise. Both would partner with the devil if they thought it would get them elected. It's all about them, not about the American people or their long-help beliefs (which we all know switch with the direction of the political wind).

    June 4, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Maybe you should've had Romney as your VP nominee McLame. You would've had a better chance with him than with Simple Sarah. You need to be scared old Johnny boy. Simple Sarah has endorsed you and so far everyone she has endorsed, LOST!!!!

    June 4, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. Felonious Monk

    These two guys think, actually think, that Palin is qualified!
    Does anything else need to be said about these two?

    Down goes credibility, down goes credibility!

    June 4, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  14. 90% of an Iceberg is Underwater

    I don't trust people who were tearing each other apart in 2008 who, in 2010, fake being the best of budddies. Either they were lying in their behavior then ... or now.

    Either way, I can't put any faith in them.

    June 4, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Lynne

    McCain, You have been Senator from Arizona for many years. Why did you and your party not do something about immigration? Now, you pretend that it is a new problem. There was a Republican President for eight years. Were you there, or do you not remember? Also, politicians do what they consider is good for the party concerning Romney and McCain. If anything that has been more and more important, it is the party, not the importance of the USA.

    June 4, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. rdepontb

    I have lost any faith I had in Romney's being part of the country's future with this stunt.

    June 4, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. VA Dave

    What a tag team this will be! Should be entertaining. I think, no I hope, the GOP is hosed again.

    June 4, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. Minnesotan

    Who cares about two rich, old, white prunes? They're only around for comedy relief nowadays.

    June 4, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. Marry

    … Romney quickly backed McCain and campaigned for the GOP nominee in the general election. He has endorsed McCain's Senate re-election bid…

    Well, that should do it for Romney! Backing the wrong man not once but twice. Shows you he does not learn…bad if you aspire higher office!!

    June 4, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. LouAz

    "Vote for me because I was a POW" will not do it anymore John. You have accomplished nothing except McCain/Fiengold which your Flat Earth Repub Party nullified.
    Loud Mouth Hayworthless is running as "I'm not John".
    Doubt if the MIA Democats even get on the AZ Senate Ballot. I do wish there was a box marked "None of the above" for November.

    June 4, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Mitt... America needs your business savvy and leadership now more than ever. In 2008, 53% of the voting public elected a novice junior senator based on emotion. We wound up with false hope and change for the worse. We now have hope that you can bring us "change we can believe in". PLEASE Mitt... challenge the amateur-in-chief.

    June 4, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Darth Vadik, CA

    Yeah, until McCain turns his head, then this piece of human garbage with his super duper underwear called Romney stabs McCain in the back again.

    We know how flip floppy Romney is, though Republicans seem to forget that very often.

    June 4, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  23. Steve (the real one)

    Is it me or is it time for some new blood and fresh ideas! Is anybody really entitled to a career in the politics?

    June 4, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Irma in North Carolina

    John I hope the people in your state show you the way out. Why should you be elected again? You and your buddies are going against everything the president is trying to do.

    June 4, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. PalmReader

    One GOP loser endorsing another GOP loser.

    Great strategy, guys.

    June 4, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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