February 14th, 2008
04:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Romney endorses McCain for GOP nomination

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(CNN) - Former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney announced Thursday that he is backing Sen. John McCain in his bid for the Oval Office.

"I am honored today to give my full support to Sen. McCain," Romney said in a joint news conference with Sen. McCain by his side.

"This is a man capable of leading our country in this dangerous hour."

Romney said he had no doubt McCain should be the next president of the United States.

After his announcement, Romney introduced McCain as a true American hero.

CNN learned the negotiations that led to the Romney endorsement included a prominent role by John Weaver, who was McCain's top political strategist until he was forced out in a campaign shakeup last summer.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. ed

    Now that the right wingers are getting ORGANIZED it is time to set up a pre convention plan. Now that Larry Craig has received his right wing blessings ,you right wing nuts could hold a closed meeting in Larry's stall at the minneapolis airport rest room. All the honorable rightwing playboys could entertain, led by LIES LIES LIES Burton ,and dump sick wives ,and he won't let me sit in the presidential area of air force oneGingrich, and the rest of the contract on America stallwarts that were caught in affairs and having kids out of wedlock with other woman besides their wives. Not being a member of the religious right, right wing conservatives or the bible thumping preachers who are having gay affairs, it is hard for me to understand why they stray from the real American principles.

    February 14, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. willard Scott

    I think it would be a good idea for Mccain to choose Romney as a Vice President. Together they could be a great power to see things are done, not far right but just right.

    February 14, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  3. Luis

    I guess Romney can spell VP......

    February 14, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. lulz

    haha, oh wow. Guess we all know now who McCain's running mate will be. Well, anyone's better than Huckabee, I guess.

    February 14, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. Sharon

    Congrats to Mitt Romney for endorsing the next President of our great country, John McCain!

    February 14, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  6. Josh

    Yet another example of Romney selling out his "values" for his political ambitions. All of the people who supported Romney for his "conservative values" have got to love this.

    I have said from the beginning- I don't which is worse, knowing where McCain stands or not knowing where Romney stands. Since Romeny endorses McCain's positions, I'll never vote for him in 2012 if he runs.

    What a joke. The Republican party is in sad shape. Huckabee is the best Republican out there, but so many people just blindly believe what others tell them instead of actually taking the time research his record as governor.

    February 14, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. Graham

    Wow another flipflop. You can't spend the better part of a year attacking someone as a "liberal" and then turn around and endorse them.

    February 14, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  8. Sharon

    I hope all the haters are truly listening with openness and not just putting a wall up. The only way to make an informed decision is to listen to both sides and hear what makes sense. If you keep chanting and following like sheep blindly you'll miss the big picture. Decipher that.

    February 14, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. AJ, IL

    Romney believes McCain and him are brothers belonging to a greater power, which is the Republican party. Romney also believes Jesus and Devil are brothers belonging to a greater power.

    February 14, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. AD

    Hmmm. A quitter endorsing a loser in order to suck up for the VP spot...

    I'm no McCain fan, but he's not a traitor, especially not to his party. He's definitely a 'Publican. Putting words in caps lock doesn't make 'em true.

    February 14, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
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