February 1st, 2008
09:30 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain gets nod from former Massachusetts governor

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/01/art.cellucci.ap.jpg caption="Cellucci has long been a critic of McCain rival Mitt Romney."](CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful John McCain will claim the backing of one former Massachusetts governor Saturday in his quest to beat another.

Former Gov. Paul Cellucci will back the Arizona senator one day ahead of McCain’s visit to Mitt Romney’s home turf of Boston, according to McCain campaign adviser Steve Schmidt.

Cellucci had previously backed former Rudy Giuliani’s presidential bid. The former New York City mayor ended his White House bid and endorsed McCain earlier this week.

Massachusetts voters head to the polls on Super Tuesday, February 5.

–CNN’s Dana Bash

Filed under: John McCain • Massachusetts • Mitt Romney
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. tagg romney

    right on.

    February 1, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  2. John Smith

    I Thought Hillary had 8 years with Bill to Clean up this Health care mess!! What about her last recent years in the Senate. How many more years and chances are the Dems to give to Hillary to resolve this Health care issue?

    February 1, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  3. Jacque Bauer

    And this is supposed to be good for McCain? Looks like another great endorsement for Romney!!!

    February 2, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. Marti San Diego, CA

    How about an endorsement of their ability to flat out lead and deliver results.

    Here’s what the CEO of one of the businesses Romney helped said about Romney’s LEADERSHIP:

    Boston, MA – Today, Staples Founder Thomas Stemberg released the following statement regarding Governor Romney’s record of growing businesses and creating jobs:

    “At this critical time for our economy, the United States needs a leader in Washington who actually has a record in the private sector of creating jobs. That leader is Mitt Romney. He knows what it takes to create jobs because he has done it time and time again. As a businessman, Governor Romney took a chance and invested in the first Staples store. Today, tens of thousands of Staples employees across this country have jobs because of that decision. That’s a clear record of action that Mitt Romney repeated time after time. Washington needs leaders who can do more than just talk about creating jobs.”

    February 2, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. John

    Incredible… I felt something was way wrong, and it’s finall dawned on me what it is.

    The Republicans are really being played for fools…

    Take a man (McCain) who is liberal and has spoken of changing over to the Democrat Party in the past. He knows he can count on the liberals support and endorsements if he runs Republican, and that’s a big plus. How many calls and late night dinners did it take? McCain knew if he went against Hillary/Obama on the Democrat ticket, he would just be another candidate and wouldn’t have a chance.

    And here’s the beauty of the strategy – a liberal (Democrate at heart) running and winning on the Republican ticket with liberal endorsements, and of course the Independents he can count on because he is liberal… faces Hillary/Obama as a peer … a party nomination winner.

    What genius – what deceit – he has a better chance at the White House with this strategy and there is the added bonus of destroying the Republican Party as well as Rush says.

    What a guy… Republicans, you better wake up before it’s too late.

    God help us – People… please, for the sake of our country and our party – VOTE ROMNEY !!

    February 2, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |

    We can see why he is a "former" govenor, he is stupid.


    February 2, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Mike

    McCain cannot run on his tired record so he resorts to securing endorsements from other worn out political hacks. Yes, "my friends", Mr. McPain is the agent of change (Try not to laugh). He has so many new, fresh ideas to show us after his 35 years as a Beltway insider. Mc Cain is a joke, please do not waste your vote on Tuesday. He could not will against Barney Frank in November let alone a strong democrat. Romney, Huckaby, anyone but this bitter old man.

    February 2, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Whole Process a JOKE

    -McCains sighted by a Senatew comitteee for bad jusgement
    -Obama admitted concaine use as a youth
    -Huckabee said Mormom thik the devil and Jesus are brother
    -Clintons had the White Rock scandal

    IN Canada we pick the best candidate and we vorted for an economist and our economy is booming

    February 2, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. dan

    Birds of a feather!

    February 2, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. dan

    Again, McCain lands a liberal endorsement!

    February 2, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Willy

    Taxachusetts; Owned and operated by the Kennedy clan.

    February 3, 2008 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  12. Tom

    After the way Maine has gone this story is a non-issue since both Maine senators endorsed McCain and he got used to mop the floor....

    This just goes to show you how out of touch some politicians are with the will of the people they supposedly represent.

    February 3, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Fred

    Snoop Dog, I have never listened to your music and I don't care what you think.
    Why don't you go somewhere and sit down, UNCLE.

    February 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |