January 23rd, 2008
10:00 AM ET
15 years ago

McCain wins backing from Schwarzkopf

[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

Related: McCain counts on fellow vets' vote in Florida

Filed under: Florida • John McCain
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Lee

    @ James:
    I KNEW there was something fishy about Mitt's populistic rhetoric in Michigan. The "fiscal conservative" who promises jobs...

    The only reason why I hope McCain wins Florida is because I hate Romney. But I also hate McCain. At this point, Romney seems to be in first place and another McCain win would drop Romney's momentum, preventing a front runner from arising. I say let McCain, Romney, and Huckabee knock eachother down. Wait for the real Republican to rise up! Of course, I am really looking forward to a Giuliani loss in Florida! Huckabee and Paul are the only candidates not running for George W. Bush's third term.

    January 23, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Daniel

    It's because they're both very old!!!

    Mcpain is guaranteed to loose to the Dems.

    January 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Marti, San Diego CA

    Amen to the many people here who make the very astute observation that endorsements from military commanders may help McAmnesty's chances in the nomination process, but only further erode his chances to win in the general election. Mechelle is right. With 60% of the country bitter over the war, pinning your candidacy on the Iraq war is no way to win the general election.

    We don't have to flock to McAmnesty simply because the media would have us do so. We have a great candidate in Mitt Romney – a proven leader with an impeccable resume of results.

    January 23, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Democrat for McCain

    I just love this, McCain is the best option for independents and democrats who are disgusted with the idea of a Clinton nomination and Republicans better wisen up to that fact if they do not want to see Clinton back in the white house. Romney appeals only to the mean spirited fiscal conservatives who will put money before everythng and will not get the support of a very crucial base of the republican party the Christian conservatives who do not trust his commitent to pro life and gay marriage even if the overlook the mormon thing. He also will not do well with the independents who will not fall for his ever changing position from CEO to labor leader.

    Just imagine all the votes Huckabee is getting and think what would happen if all those people are alienated, that's how Clinton got into power in the first instance.

    January 23, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. Steve

    Vote Romney, help the Dems! The Republican Dukasis lives!

    January 23, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Attacks by the Establishment on Ron Paul Continue

    McCain needs some backing. His tax plan and Giuliani"s are the same old crap!

    Besides Ron Paul who has the best plan, Huckabee's tax plan will make sure everyone pays when they purchase products. Goodbye income tax and we need to start getting rid of the property tax also.

    I am reminded of one of the Little House on the Prairie shows where Michael Landon and his neighbors have lined up in front of some home or office in town to pay their property taxes. They were all upset at the government charging them tax on their own property but they were not fighting it due to the socialist argument about supporting the school systems, etc. Landon laughed and said, "Heck, after this they will probably want to tax you on your income." Yea, who is laughing now?

    Stop the big central government now. Vote Ron Paul (if the media will let you)

    January 23, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Porter

    "Wake up Republicans – remember where Bob Dole got us? 'Paying back' a veteran got us eight years of Clintons while setting the stage for another eight. "

    Well for starters, Bob Dole's run was followed by only four years of Clintons. And for finishers just look at the polls! McCain polls better against Clinton/Obama than any other Republican nominee. So if beating Clinton is your sole concern, then McCain's your man!

    Of course, he hates free specch (McCain-Feingold)... but that's another story.

    January 23, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Patty Atlanta GA

    Doesn't anyone care that this man cheated on his wife and doesn't have the decency to go to church??

    January 23, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. Clark

    Too bad Stormin' Norman isn't running for president!

    January 23, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Eric-Houston, TX

    There are a great many good things to be said for and about John McCain. I just don't see him as head of state. Perhaps in the European sense (figurehead elder statesman), but not as a hands-on visionary-manager. Not saying the country would go to pot with him, just probably would be a caretaker administration until the GOP gets its act together.

    I'm not ga-ga about Romney either. I'll give him credit for a great many positive things in his life and career. I'm not sure he has a firm worldview. It's one thing to not be a rabid idealogue, but I'd still like to see a little conviction, a little philosophy, a little abstraction in a leader. 100% pragmatism is ok for the short-term.

    Forget Ron Paul, he's playing a spoiler role in this campaign.

    So that leaves Huckabee and Giuliani. Both coudn't be more different in many ways, but both share something in common: proven executive leadership. I'd be proud to vote for either (first preference to Rudy).

    January 23, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. Sarah

    Electing McCain is not "paying a veteran back", it's allowing him to provide US with a great service. His leadership and integrity is unparalleled among the candidates!! Not to mention he is by far the strongest candidate to send to the general election!

    McCain '08!

    January 23, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Does it Matter?

    Just another old guy supporting an old guy...

    January 23, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. KW

    I'm sticking with Romney.

    JAMES–You sound like you have not studied the issues, but you are copying what the Libs are saying about Mitt. Please be smart enough to do the research. Mitt Romney was sucessful with a democratic majority in his state. He was so aggressive with cutting taxes that he made the democrats he worked with angry. By the way he balanced his state budget every year without raising taxes. The only thing he has changed on is abortion. He believed in one thing, but as governor when it came down to it, he voted on the side of life. A move that earned him the label of flip flopper. As more and more people actually learn about Romney, the less they call names and the more they respect who he actually is.

    As far as McCain beating Hillary, McCain has not received the republican base in a single race. He is getting more support from the independents. McCain is way too liberal to have the support of the Republicans. If you will check the numbers you will see that there are more Republicans voting for Mitt than any other candidate. Romney is a true conservative. Don’t be swept up in the media created idea that McCain is the only way to beat the Dems. McCain is so close to a Democrat that you have to blur your eyes to not notice it.

    Don’t be so easily fooled. Vote Romney.

    January 23, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Anti Clintons

    I like Gen Swarzkopf, but I don't agree with him on this backing, they are just old military friends trying to make one last hurrah.

    Go Romney

    January 23, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. MJR53

    I'd love to know the age of those wits who dismiss General Schwartzkopf's endorsement of Senator McCain as some kind of septugenerian cabal.

    Point one...General Schwartzkopf had a long, distinguished military career that gives his opinion credence.

    Point two...no one in General Schwartzkopf's position endorses a presidential candidate without great thought.

    Point three...do you have the same objections about Wesley Clark endorsing Hillary?

    January 23, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Hawk,Texas

    Mccain was a war prisoner he claims torture. but some of the people that were held with him told that he told the enemy every thing that they wanted to know so he could get special privligeles. go to google and look it up you might be suprized.

    January 23, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Is it just me, or is Norman Schwarzkopf beginning to look like Willard Scott??


    January 23, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. LOL!

    Romney is Rock Hudson!

    January 23, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Tom Masters

    He's still alive?

    January 23, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Lev Klinemann, CA

    Democrat for McCain,

    Just become a Republican, and spare us your ignorance.

    January 23, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. Andy, New York, New York

    I'm Black, New Yorker, and a long-time Republican backer. I say McCain-Giuliani in 2008!

    I was upset at first with Hillary for showing her desperation to win by going nasty with Obama, but the more they fight in the public is the more I think Americans are seeing the true colors of Hillary Clinton.

    This is not an ordinary woman who is the wife of a former President or who is a New York Senator.

    This is Satan in the flesh! The woman oozes evil. She is the personification of that which is abhorrent and destructive.

    America may not be ready for a Black President, and even if it is ready for a female President, it certainly is not open to Hillary.

    January 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. Sandra Sweeney

    We don;t need two clintons in the White House.

    Bill Clinton should shut up.

    January 23, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. doug

    John McCain is the Joe Lieberman of the Republican Party.

    McCain would take the Republicans best issue off the table.

    Its the amnesty issue. McCain will negate that issue that unites the Republicans and divides the Democrats. It is the achillies heel of the Democrat party.

    January 23, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Steph

    That is awesome.

    Way to go, John.

    January 23, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. ne,pa

    Birds of a feather flock together.
    No surprise here.

    January 23, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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