February 14th, 2008
01:28 PM ET
9 years ago

Romney to endorse McCain


Mitt Romney plans to endorse John McCain Thursday. (Photo Credit: AP)

(CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is expected to endorse U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who was Romney's rival in the Republican race for the White House, two sources familiar with the decision told CNN Thursday.

They said Romney wants the 286 delegates he won to go to McCain, who now has 827 delegates, and is the Republican front-runner.

To clinch the Republican nomination 1,191 are needed.

An announcement is expected at 3:30 p.m. ET in Boston.

Romney dropped out of the race Feb. 7, after a poor showing on Super Tuesday. He said he pulled the plug on his Republican presidential campaign "for our party and for our country."

Continuing his campaign would have delayed the Republicans from shifting attention to the general election campaign against whichever Democrat wins the nomination of their party, he said at the time.

Programming note: Watch Larry King’s exclusive interview with GOP front-runner John McCain tonight on Larry King Live at 9 P.M. Eastern.

- CNN's Dana Bash contributed to this report

Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney
soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. CalmDown

    No matter what's the true reason behind his endorsement, one fact is that the GOP is collecting together.

    Democratic should start to do it as soon as possible.

    February 14, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. A Nolen


    Huckabee is still the best choice for the GOP.

    Go MIKE

    February 14, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. RuthieM

    From bad to worse.

    February 14, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Maybe he is trying to curry favor with McCain. There is the idea that if McCain doesn't win in 2008, this could set up Romney for a run in 2012. This run has him get a little face time with the public. It also softens many evangelicals to the idea of a Mormon running for president. This should have been seen by most of the pundits. I just wonder how most of the conservative talking heads will react.

    February 14, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Amy in Iowa

    The scaredy cat Democrats who left the race, like Richardson, Biden, and Edwards, need to grow a pair and endorse Obama. They are so scared of the Clintons they rather not open their mouths. Either endorse Hillary or Obama. The feeling is that they want to not tell Mamma that they want to endorse Obama. If they don't take a stand they are a bunch of losers. I commend the Republicans on their unity and fearlessness.

    February 14, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Thomas Koshy

    It is the right thing for Gov.Romney to do by supporting Sen.McCain.Hope Sen.Obama do the same for Sen.Clinton.

    February 14, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Bill

    I don't think that is fair to Huckabee. Granted, he was terribly unlikely to win, but now he is out for good.

    February 14, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Sandy, KS

    I did not expect this from Romney.

    February 14, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Jesse Thiessen

    This is why the left always loses. The right understands unity, the right knows how to consolidate, the right knows how to band together and win.

    And us liberals will do nothing but fight with each other. Can you picture Edwards doing something like this? No wonder we lose, time after time, citing our principles that prevent us from uniting with those we don't always agree with. Well, there's principles, and then there's dogma. Guess which one is usually on the losing side.

    February 14, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Mark C

    I wonder how crazy the Obama comments will get on this one.

    February 14, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Annie

    Does that mean he is flip flopping on Illegal immigration reform again? So much for standing up for your beliefs.

    February 14, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. Michigan Dem

    Books will be written on "how the democrats lost a sure thing". Take a look at the democratic bloggers. They spend 90% of there time bashing either Clinton or Obama. No way will they come together after the nomination process like the Republicans are doing. Neither Clinton not Obama will benefit from all the back biting when the general election comes. The Republicans have better qualified candidates and they are very smart. How stupid for the DNC to strip the deligates from Michigan and Florida!

    I will vote Republican (McCain) for the first time in my 48 years as a registered democrat.

    February 14, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Shelly

    Bring on the complaining, Huckabigot supporters. What would you like Mitt to do? Sit around and do nothing so Huckabigot can drag this on some more for a few more accolades?

    Would Mitt endorse the candidate that is losing? No. He is, however, showing dignity by putting the party first and moving this primary along so we can focus on beating the democrats!

    Thank you Mitt. I don't care who gets the VP spot. I just want to see the GOP show respect and humility when the time calls for it.

    February 14, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Angel Denker

    Romney just wants to be the savior so he can get elected in 2012 as the guy who clinched McCain's nomination. Not to mention how mad he is that Huckabee took many of what he perceives "his" votes. We say he took Huck's votes. We want a debate Huckabee/McCain. If the party is strong it can take it. At least the people will be able to hear Huck's message & that' good, healthy, competition. Let the people make their choices with good, fair reporting. Huckabee is the most eloquent speaker, without the theatrics, that I've seen. He relates to Americans and has new ideas. Bring it on! Your ratings will go up.

    February 14, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Tom Wittmann

    Why me comments are not appearing on the blog ????????????


    February 14, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. MEGO

    All that I am saying.. is that if Huckbee is out.. The Republican RACE will DIE.. Trust Me. The race will die. and never to existent in the media. ............. I wish they would just face it. THE party is dead

    February 14, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Mark

    It is now officially time for all Republicans and all Conservatives, as well as Independents and Democrats and everyone for that matter, to get behind John McCain and work on progressing this country forward in the right direction. Thank you Mitt Romney!

    February 14, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Reco Davis, Atlanta

    This makes Romney look like even more of a flip-flopping, say whatever to be president politician.

    I mean c'mon Mitt! You just got finished talking about how different you and John McCain are when it comes to conservative values (although you certainly changed your views on abortion to suit your presidential run), and now you endorse him when your new persona more closely mirrors Huckabee.

    Just plain ridiculous!

    February 14, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Mike M

    Wow Romney! Way to stand up for what you believe. I just wish you would have done this 2 months ago so I didnt waste my vote on you. Dont even think about running in 2012...you're done.

    February 14, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Tom Wittmann

    WORD PRESS: I keep filing this, but it do not appear !

    These are good news for the GOP.

    Now, McCain should stop wooing
    the extremist Ultras in the party, as they are only a few and any peception that he will be restrained by this people will lead to the loss of a much larger figure of moderate and independent votes.

    Also, as with this endorsement McCain practically has reached the
    necessiray votes for the nomination, which was the condition stated
    by Huckabee to cease his campaign, he should do so and endorse
    the latter.

    Finally: If Paul wishes not to help the Dems by still diverting some additional GOP money and efforts to the internal process, he shall withdraw,
    if he wish to reinforce his already made points by not endorsing endorse McCain is up to him


    February 14, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Frank

    One thing I have to give the Republicans – they support each other.

    I am not sure why John Edwards plays 'so hard to get' but it is very disappointing to see this man I respected to waiver from one candidate to the other, afraid to side with Obama because he is not sure if Obama will get the nomination.

    I thought he would stand with Barack Obama even if he had no chance to get the nomination. To side with Billary is in his case political prostitution.

    In my opinion he should show a little more backbone and authenticity. If he is not supporting Barack Obama before the weekend he may as well never count on my support again.

    I guess 'fighting for the poor' was more a slogan than a conviction.

    I am very disappointed in John Edwards ... even more when I see that Romney has the guts to endorse McCain for the greater 'good'

    February 14, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. ginger

    This shows Romney's true colors!....After all the that has happened...McCain lying in Florida, the backroom deal with Huckabee and McCain in West Virgina....Romney was never in it for himself! He is a true Christian!!!!!!

    February 14, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. bryen

    Well, that's the definite end of the Huckabee campaign. I really thought that if conservatives had a chance in snowball's hell, it would be when Romney endorses Huckabee.

    At least on the Democratic side, it's a fight for ideals. On the Republican side, its a fight for Party.

    February 14, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. Monte

    Romney's endorsement of McCain comes as no surprise. It won't make a difference because both Democrats are winning hands-down the "popular" vote at this juncture. What he could do is give a big fat contribution to Huckabee. It might help to keep the conservative dream alive; but doubtful.

    February 14, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. Christopher, Madison, WI

    These Gop scum would stop at nothing to get Bush part 3 into the White House. These 2 hate each other but hey, when you something in common like scare tactics (911, 911, 911...) I say happy Valentine's Day to these 2 scummy peas in a bubble.

    February 14, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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