May 28th, 2009
05:19 PM ET
13 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. Republicans Suck

    I just came her to say Republicans are such hypocrites.... looking at you Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    May 28, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Terry

    What could this gal's platform be? How about free market economics, lower taxes on the rich, deregulation of corporations, smaller government (fewer health inspectors, fewer police, fewer firemen, fewer restaurant inspectors, fewer product inspectors, opposition to unions (the problems with our economy, of course, are caused by the too high wages of American workers), gutting of social welfare programs, no pensions for public workers, a crumbing infrastructure, the export of American factories, porous borders, lots of illegal immigration, and the outsourcing of American jobs?

    All we need is another CEO type in government. We need to get rid of CEO types in business!

    May 28, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. James

    Meg Whitman is responsible for many of the ridiculous fee increases on eBay. It didn't used to cost thousands a month to use. Put her in charge and she'll tax the hell out of everyone.

    May 28, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  4. No Hope

    Thats because arnold is a democratic toy

    May 28, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. Go Home Miss Piggy

    Who wants her to be governor of anything? The woman is a parasite. She wants to be president, now that Hillary has trail blazed her way to the top of the list. I don't think the first woman president should be selfish or greedy–that leaves Meg out. In case she didn't notice, McCain lost. His opinion doesn't mean very much.

    This woman is a fraud and I will NEVER vote for her.

    May 28, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    CA's a lost liberal state that deserves what it did. Take a hard look America. This is what #44 wants to do to America

    May 28, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. Allan

    Meg Whitman is a joke and a disgrace. We can't wait to vote against her.

    May 28, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. American Idol hater

    John McCain is no hero, he made tapes denouncing the U.S. during Vietnam. Granted he suffered, but excluding this part of his story is an indication that he is just trying to benefit off part of his story

    May 28, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. joe smith

    oh, you've got to love the lads/lasses from the emerald isle; they know their mash, but, if she runs Califonia the way she forematted e-bay, the golden state will be sold to the highest bidder, "buy it now", pennies on the dollar..

    May 28, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. No Hillary = No Obama

    This woman will not be the next governer of California. Californian's elected Arnold (I did not vote for him). He has turned out to be incompetent and that is the only reason California is financially destitute. He had no business running for governor, but his big ego just couldn't help itself and superficial Californian's got what they derserved by electing a Hollywood figure instead of a leader. This Meg Whitman is another one – what does she know about running a government – nothing.

    May 28, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  11. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Is there any surprise here? Got any more news today?

    May 28, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. Olive

    "McCain's support continues the campaign's momentum"– Zak must mean McCain will be buying Whitman's wardrobe (or is the RNC donating Sarah Palin's to her)?

    "Whitman served as national co-chair of McCain's presidential campaign"...well - how did that work-out for you McCain?

    "John McCain is an American hero" - NOT!!!!

    Again, his judgement is showing; just like trying to hand Americans Sarah Palin!

    You are sooooo pathetic.

    May 28, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  13. Cali J

    Maybe it's time we start to put successful business people in these positions. It shouldn't matter Dem or Repub. Who can do the best job of financially running our state? I wish we had better business minds in Washington running our country. It's sad when we put political ideology and parties before our own good. Then we try to find ways to defend their failures. Arnold says he's Repub, but works with all Dems. California's a huge failure when it comes to fiscal responsibility. This state was once the 8th largest economy in the world. A congress full of Dems, and a Repub Gov has managed to destroy this once great state. Can we get beyond politics and start electing people who have the desire and capabilities to successfully run our government?

    May 28, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. andrea/ca

    No thanks. No way. No, No , No this women already said on CNN she would fire 30k people working for the state. She would not have a problem with that. This state is in soooo much trouble, I have never seen it this bad. I don't think her ideas are the solution. Oh yeah she is a republican, they have no new ideas.

    May 28, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  15. Flip

    The left wing liberal nut jobs and right wing ultra-conservative freaks are exactly what is wrong with this country. Can't any of you come to the middle with a little common sense and see that neither side is 100% right? That's why I left the Democrats, yet would never consider the Republicans as a viable option either. Stop demonizing each other and work together..and I mean YOU, the regular citizen, since the politicians will never do it.

    May 28, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  16. Bill ~ Down on the Bayou

    Mirablie dictu !!

    Why would these people want to hang the Albatross (McCain) around her neck. Are they actually working to get a democrap elected to governor of the funny(queer) state?

    May 28, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    for her to win she needs to change parties ( become a Democrate )

    May 28, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. policy analysis not ideology

    after the govenator how the heck are we going to vote for her as governor. we are way past that level of candidate. we need unsurpassed talent. tbhis is california not arizona. we are the leaders and innovators.

    May 28, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  19. Argonaut

    Whitman. IPO stocks. Done. How about someone worth a normal amount of money who hasn't fiddled with their fancy stock portfolios? Not some movie star. Not a big exec. Oh wait. GOP. Money. Done.

    May 28, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. Tim

    Gosh the comments on this Forum are so mean-spirited! Before proceeding, I am an independent, minority voter. John McCain is a man of integrity, and Barrack Obama is a man who will go down as a positively historic figure. O.K. those are my positive comments...

    I do not agree with all the policies of McCain, and almost none of the policies of Obama. You can respect a person without agreeing on the approach to a problem.

    May 28, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  21. Chris

    Dear John McCain,

    Why are you still in the Republican Party? You are not helping us, and now, with your endorsement, you've all but doomed Meg Whitman's political future.

    Why don't you go be with your friend Arland, let us real Republicans pick who we want.

    May 28, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. Beverly from NC

    Well that is one endorsement I would definitely NOT want if I were her. McCain was the one who thought Sarah Palin was qualified to be Vice President and she was the stupidest choice for a VP in American history. Unqualifiied, uneducated, racist, extremist religious nut, and convicted for corruption as Gov of Alaska -- oh yea – McCain has great judgment capabilities–I'd be running from that endorsement!!

    May 28, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. Michele

    Had his brilliant staff chosen Whitman to run with McCain, he might now be in the White House. Guess she was too smart for them.

    And teleprompter, guess what? BUSH's war was totally financed by China...Bush never asked for one sacrifice from Americans....the first war in our history for that to happen.
    Obama did not get us into this mess, and yes, it will cost a lot to right the ship. Remember, we were asked to 'go shopping" after 9-11, keep driving up those credit card debts, keep buying more than we could afford. None of that was caused by Obama...and he did not vote for the war either. So blame the messenger, but try to remember that while Bush was not keeping us safe, he was also not doing any good to the economy either. This is the same guy who couldn't run an oil field or a baseball team, but the Supreme Court thought he could run the country (into the ground.)

    May 28, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  24. Patsy Madison, TN

    McCain has sunk her ship.

    May 28, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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