February 23rd, 2010
09:06 AM ET
12 years ago

Romney endorses McCain for re-election

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/23/art.mccain.romney.3.gi.jpg caption="Sen. John McCain picked up an endorsement Tuesday from a past rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney."](CNN) - Mitt Romney endorsed Sen. John McCain, one of the former Massachussetts governor's main competitors for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, for re-election to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

"Senator McCain's record of service and sacrifice for America is honored by all," Romney said in a statement. "But I believe that it is his core values of courage, faith and honor – forged in battle and confirmed by a lifetime of service to America – that make Senator McCain's leadership in the United States Senate so necessary in these perilous times."

Romney said it is "hard to imagine the United States Senate without John McCain."

McCain faced off with Romney in 16 Republican primary debates but bowed out of the primary race after the Super Tuesday contests.

McCain faces a primary challenge from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth.

Over the past few weeks, McCain has announced endorsements from top conservatives like Dick Armey of FreedomWorks and Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. Last month, McCain's 2008 running mate, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, announced that she would travel to Arizona to campaign with McCain in late March. Palin's popularity with voters on the right could help McCain with some Republican voters who question his commitment to conservative values and goals.

Sen. Scott Brown, whose victory in last month's special senate election in Massachusetts energized the GOP, has also said he'll stump with McCain early next month. And Arizona's Republican congressional delegation announced last week that it will support the four-term senator.

Filed under: John McCain • Mitt Romney
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Scott in Atlanta

    Interesting that as soon as the Supreme Court removes roadblocks for Special Interest money in campaigns, the GOP has a banner year.
    Go figure.
    The GOP are experts at what the Answer isn't.
    And does the Tea Party want to "take our country back" or take our country backwards??? Sometimes it's difficult to tell..

    February 23, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  2. Conservative Voice

    C'mon Mitt...it's time for John to retire...we need new faces....

    February 23, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. GI Joe

    McCain finished almost last in his Naval Acad. Class.
    McCain crashed plane after plane after plane (inept pilot).
    McCain was coddled by the Vietnamese and sang secrets.
    McCain introduced silly sara to the lower 48.

    That's no history of hero or deserving hero title and worship.

    Vote the man out. He's senile.

    February 23, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. Mark S.

    I used to disagree with McCain, but I respected him. Somehow, being reelected became more important to him than his principles, as demonstrated by his continuous flip flopping to appease the far right. What happened to the soldier who fought for what he believed in, the "Maverick" who would stand up to his own party? He is a weak old man more interested in the title of Senator than the policies he believed in. A pitiful and to a great man and great career.

    February 23, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. Indy

    This just proves that Mitts will sell out for any reason and Palin will seal his fate once she opens her hate filled mouth, McCain can finally retire at the Rock Bottom Inn.

    February 23, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  6. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    It's the old boys club, woo hoo. Niether of these two of the old guard are needed by the people, both have had their chance to restore Liberty in our nation, both have choosen to expand Government, increase debt and increase taxes.
    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    February 23, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  7. Irma in North Carolina

    Hey Mitt you better go talk to all the hispanic people there. They wont forget that John vcoted against the new judge. These people wont forget that.

    February 23, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. Robert Holmes

    I am commenting on the obvious tactics used by the Republicans in Washington to stop any and all programs initiated by President Obama solely for the purpose of making future political gains. I am especially irritated by the Republican efforts to block health care reform at the expense of the country. The Republicans blocking these efforts should be voted out of office at the earliest possible opportunity. The voters f this great country should let everyone know with their votes that we still have a strong voice. My wife and I retired recently with very modest retirement compensation. In less than two years, the deductions taken from our retirement compensation has already been raised by approximately 33% and we are hearing that further deductions can be expected. That is in affect less money for everyday expenses. Our retirement compensation can essentially be deleted over time at the present rate. Someone needs to stop the political bickering and think of the people. At least there is one thing the Republican politicians cannot control…and that is the fact that one does not have to be rich to vote them out. Just like on the TV show SURVIVOR, I suspect the Republicans are going to get the largest amounts of “blindsides” in history by being voted out.

    February 23, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  9. Hypocrisy

    "Mitt Romney endorsed Sen. John McCain, one of the former Massachussetts governor's main competitors for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, for re-election to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday."

    "Main competitor"? McCain won the nomination. Should that be the other way around?

    February 23, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  10. Terry from West Texas

    McCain is certainly the more capable and rational of the two. As a good Liberal, I would prefer that the people of Arizona nominate McCain's opponent – the lunatic "radio personality." Guys like McCain are nice guys and they give Conservatism a better reputation than it deserves. People say, "McCain's a Conservative. They must not all be insane."

    People need to realize how crazy and how dangerous American Conservatism has become. McCain's whacko opponent will help show the truth about America's Conservative leadership.

    February 23, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  11. mike

    good old johnny boy is worried about his job instead of doing his
    job its not about being the party of no but working with all parties
    and getting something done but instead he turns on and off like
    a light switch and now the republican main stream is worried that
    the tea baggers are going to turn on them and put someone that
    is not going to go along with there lobbyist that they are in bed with
    what comes around goes around

    February 23, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. hongli

    One " NUT-HEAD" endorses another "NUT-HEAD". It's time to kick out all these RE-CYCLED NUT-HEAD Republicans out of office. RNC-- the Party of LIES and NO.

    February 23, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  13. A. Goodwin

    Uh oh...sounds like trouble to me. Romney can kiss his conservative image goodbye if he indorces McSame!

    Not that it matters...Dems will rule.

    February 23, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  14. james

    Mitt is such a flip flopper on EVERYTHING. He will say or do ANYTHING to not only get in the spotlight but to get attention!

    February 23, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. Go Johnny Go

    I wonder why McCain wasn't at CPAC. Not conservative enough?
    Actually, I think J.D. Hayworth should question McCain's citizenship – after all he was born in Panama in 1833, I think. That was long before it became an american protectorate.

    February 23, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. Justen in Florida

    Why? Is the challenger that bad??

    February 23, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  17. bobster

    There is a length to all songs played, time for a new tune. repetitive...repetitive! thanks for your service johnny, but please; " NOT ANOTHER DIME IN THE JUKE-BOX."

    February 23, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  18. Chut Pata

    Conservatism has become synanamous to slavery of Corporate America. It has also become synanamous to racism, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. That is the reason true conservatives like me voted for Obama. If McCain can shun the likes of Palin, I will be voting him, otherwise I will waste my vote on Ron Paul this time (Obama had his chance).

    February 23, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  19. No Incumbents 2010

    What a half-hearted "endorsement" if it took this long for Romney to decide to endorse. We are already in 2010 the election year!!! The voters are sick and tired of career politicians who don't cut the pork from the budget.

    February 23, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Why is Mitt's endorsement relevant? It's obvious that Sen. McCain still thinks the fundamentals of our economy is strong or else he wouldn't be voting No against everything. I'd choose McCain over the right wing nutjob Hayworth anyday, but to be honest with you, they both suck!

    February 23, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Minnesotan

    What a surprise.... NOT! This is like Shemp endorsing Moe. Of course these losers are going to endorse each other! They want to keep their crony club exclusive so that no new ideas, or facts, or reality will be introduced into their microcosm.

    February 23, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. Romney

    He's gonna be your best chance GOP. I don't like him as a candidate, but he is your only chance.

    February 23, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. james Miller

    WOW !!!!! Looks like the neo-cons are closing ranks again. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    February 23, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. Joey

    And THAT'S why I will never vote for Mitt Romney to represent the Republican party in the presidential primaries – Nor shall I vote for him if he should win the primarys and be the Republican nominee for president. Just the good 'ol boys club rising its ugly head one more time.

    February 23, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. JA/TN

    simple, not senior bashing, the McCain is to old to be president, we need to estabish an age limit

    February 23, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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