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. Dem from AZ

    Romney said it is "hard to imagine the United States Senate without John McCain." Lets face it. Republican party is not use to change. Go figure.

    February 23, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. c spurgeon

    Boy are we in trouble, the plastic man and the man with no truth except I want to be elected....

    February 23, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. soapscum5

    The Republicans are so screwed up. They love each other, they hate each other, they run against each other, they endorse each other. They have NO credibility.

    February 23, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. T'SAH from Virginia

    Dang – I thought it was OUT with the OLD and IN with the NEW... But, I like McSame better than that other FOOL – what's his name?? Oh yea, HayWorthLESS!!!

    I will not vote for either McSAME or HayWORTHless if I lived in Arizona!!!

    February 23, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Southern Boy

    Neither are conservative.

    February 23, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Carole

    I am sure pretty Ken Doll, Romney, checked his polls or his hair or both before coming to this decision.

    I used to like McCain until he became such a flip flopper.

    February 23, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. Nick San Diego

    I could see that coming. With Romney
    needing all the help he could muster for his bid in 2012 . Both losers

    February 23, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. jfs Memhis, Tn

    This party is in shambles. Time for an Independent movement and party. This endorsement is almost laughable. Can you imagine both Palin and Romney endorsing the same candidate ??? Sounds like John is in trouble.

    February 23, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. David Johnston

    He 's an angry old man and the biggest flip flopper.Can't remember he was for it before he was aganist it

    February 23, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. Peter

    Core values? Is hypocrisy a core value? A few years ago McCain claimed that he would back the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell if the leaders of the armed forces told him it was time. Well, a few weeks ago, they did just that. And what did McCain do? He resisted, claiming that repealing the ban would be bad for unit cohesion and morale. Of course, as those of us who have served in the armed forces know, there are already gay people in the service. Very few of us cared. All we cared about is if our fellow troops would back us up in battle. The only reason I can think that people are opposed to gay people serving in the military is outright bigotry. The gay people I knew did not hit on battalion members of the same sex. They were well-mannered, polite, and dedicated to the cause. The problem in our outfit, in fact, was the relationships between men and women. I don't care if people think homosexuality is unnatural or whatever–that is their right. What I do care about is when people or politicians demand laws based on their own narrow understanding of human nature.

    February 23, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. Ben in Texas

    It's fascinating to watch the Repugs compromise and make alliances – to save their own jobs. However, to save American workers' jobs, they can't bring themselves to say anything but "No". Otherwise, they would be compromising and working with Democrats, and that goes against the prime directive of the RNC: Obstruct the Democrat controlled congress and White House.

    The Repugnants own the moniker "The Party of NO".

    February 23, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. Vietnam Combat Vet, Ohio

    Who is Mitt Romney? Isn't he a loser also? I hope McTraitor loses!! I hope all Republicans lose.

    February 23, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. lilacluvr

    Romney said it is hard to imagine the US Senate withour John McCain. Well, Mitt, try real hard because that is exactly what needs to happen. McCain, like so many other long-termers, need to go the way of the dinosaurs. Only then will our government maybe get back to working for the people instead of watching out for their own butts.

    February 23, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. AndyBlue

    Ten years of Arizona being the top 5 worst economies. Sure vote McCain again. McCains buddies have been making a killing of the AZ taxpayers so why change what works right?

    These people have no dignity after the 8 years of wars, torture, lies and disgrace they put America through. Not to meantion over 5,000 soldiers lives they bargained for their profits.

    The majority of Americans will never forget the shame we endured when republicans were in power and the destruction of the middle class who always suffers when the pundits for the rich have control.

    February 23, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. BS Fan

    Wow, that endorsement should put him over the top.

    February 23, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. proud american democrat oregon

    dip and stick working together
    McCain can't hang on to his buddies . (cronies)
    he needs to retire and paly with himself 🙂

    February 23, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. yem amlak

    Yes McCain is a good man with old ideas.He is stuck on "don't ask don't tell. I gave up on him.His daughter Megan is right on the money many issues.

    February 23, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Peter

    One more thing: don't you think it's telling that McCain and other people opposed to homosexuality share this belief with members of the Taliban and Al Qaeda? I fought for this nation's freedom against this kind of religious extremism. Just because it's Christian extremism doesn't make it more palatable.

    February 23, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. Publico

    But does McCain have the endorsement of the 14 year old messiah of the conservatives?

    February 23, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. John

    "He's consistently taken both sides of any major issue. He has consistently flip-flopped on every issue" - Romney on McCain

    "Massachusetts governor, Romney supported the same policies he's now criticizing." - McCain about Romney

    " If you want that kind of a liberal Democratic course as president, then you can vote for him." – Romney on McCain

    "As the liberal governor of the state of Massachusetts, he raised taxes by $730 million." -– McCain about Romney

    " Senator McCain is noted for three major pieces of legislation. I think all of them were badly flawed." - Romney on McCain


    February 23, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. James

    A mistake, mccain's a rino is almost every respect. He needs to go to the house.

    February 23, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. Ryan

    Romney also endorses the idea that America should be run just like a greedy corporation. So who cares??!

    February 23, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. Reny

    Romney just wants his support when he runs for president in 2012. Too bad I'm voting for Obama.

    February 23, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. sandy

    He's a bouncer!! He bounces to the tune that is best for him. He changes his mind on anything that he thinks will benefit him politically. Can you image what this country would be if he had been elected President. It is frightening to me. And, he's too old. Some of these professional politicians need to retire and get some young, fresh blood in there to run this country.

    February 23, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. SNAPPA

    Both of these guys are dinosaurs and need to retire from public life. In fact I think ALL republicans should retire once and for all freeing up America to advance into the 21st centrury once and for all.

    February 23, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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