November 19th, 2007
09:47 AM ET
14 years ago

9/11 panel co-chair to back McCain

New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean plans to endorse John McCain.

(CNN) - CNN has learned that former New Jersey governor Tom Kean, who also served as co-chairman of the 9/11 commission, plans to endorse John McCain for president.

Two Republican sources with knowledge of the decision spoke with CNN on condition of anonymity. The event is planned for Monday in Boston. The campaign scheduled what it would only describe as a major national security related endorsement.

Kean along with former Democratic congressman Lee Hamilton led the bipartisan investigation into the government preparedness for, and response to, the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The former Republican governor was viewed as a moderate during his days in state politics – a supporter of abortion rights who also made education and environmental protection his priorities.

For McCain, the endorsement is an opportunity to highlight his campaign theme of being, in his view, the candidate best prepared to inherit the war on terror from the Bush administration.

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Filed under: John McCain • Race to '08
soundoff (29 Responses)

    John McCain's service to the country is much appreciated and he is indeed heralded for his military service. The endorsement by Gov. Kean will have no bearing on his poll standing. McCain is listless and dead in the water. He blew his chance at the presidency in 2000 when he fail to combat the Bush machine aggressively in S. C. This is his swansong.

    November 19, 2007 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Jordyne, Nashville, tn

    In your face Rudy Giuliani, bet you didnt see that one coming..... Rudy you are a joke... america's mayor ..yeah right!!!!!!!!!

    November 19, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Bob, NY, NY

    So Kean did not choose to endorse "Americas Mayor" but instead McCain. Perhaps this is because of Rudy's failure to participate in 9/11 hearings and getting bounced from the group for lack of attendance?

    November 19, 2007 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. john riggs eagle pass texas

    "terrorism effects all of us every day" The boogie man thing is not working on me any longer. I fear much more the madmen in the whitehouse that have nukes. Hillary or Giuliani also are a looming menace to the American way of life.

    November 20, 2007 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
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