May 28th, 2009
05:19 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain takes a side California governor's race

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Meg Whitman has won the endorsement of Sen. John McCain."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, will endorse former eBay executive Meg Whitman Friday for governor of California, a Whitman spokesman said.

Although Whitman hasn't officially announced her candidacy, McCain will endorse the Republican at a town hall meeting in Orange County and then join her in Fresno for a news conference. Whitman's spokesman Mitch Zak said that McCain's support "continues the campaign's momentum."

"John McCain is an American hero," Zak said of the 2008 Republican presidential nominee. "We're honored and humbled to have his endorsement. We're looking forward to working with him to improve California."

Whitman served as national co-chair of McCain's presidential campaign. She received another endorsement Thursday when House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, announced that he was backing her.

"The state needs a leader with a creative vision, with a formula for success that can address the fiscal challenges that you face and there is no one better than Meg Whitman," Cantor said in a statement posted on Whitman's web site. "I'm very honored to be part of her team."

Republicans former Rep. Tom Campbell and California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner have officially announced their intentions to run for governor of California in 2010.

Filed under: John McCain • Meg Whitman
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Ruty

    Meg, you better stay away from McCain–he's a loser.

    May 28, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  2. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    McCain's endorsement will do little to erase the fact that she is totally unqualified for the role. EBay has tanked, largely because of poor decision making by the Megster. Her support is non existent and her fund raising has consisted almost solely of writing personal checks to her campaign. She has little chance of winning the Republican nomination much less the Governorship.

    May 28, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. HUM!!!

    McCain go to one of your 8 homes and enjoy your old worn self **GOV Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed you and campaigned with Palin and bashed President Obama (skinny legs ...He need to do some squats) Payback Arnold

    May 28, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. Eddie of New York

    Gosh....she looks like a Morlock.

    May 28, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  5. Michael B

    For Californians, it's all about the economy right now.

    If she ran the Californian economy half as well as she ran ebay, we're lucky to have her.

    May 28, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. Jean, Indiana

    He should have picked her for his running mate.

    May 28, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. Ca Voter

    Hay John, did Joe the Plumber OK this?

    May 28, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
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