[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/23/art.mccainend.ap.jpg caption="Norman Schwarzkopf endorsed McCain Wednesday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican John McCain won the backing of Ret. Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Wednesday, an endorsement that could aid the Arizona senator in his efforts to court Florida's sizeable veteran population.
"Sen. John McCain has served our country with honor in war and in peace," Schwarzkopf said in a statement released by McCain's campaign. "He has demonstrated the type of courageous leadership our country sorely needs at this time. For that reason, he has my complete support."
Schwarzkopf served as commander of coalition forces in the first Gulf War in 1991. He currently lives in Florida, the delegate rich-state that's set to hold its Republican primary next Tuesday.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney