February 24th, 2010
09:08 AM ET
12 years ago

McCain gets re-election support from McDonnell

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/24/art.mcdonnell.mccain.2.gi.jpg caption=" Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday he is ‘proud’ to support Sen. John McCain for re-election."]Washington (CNN) - Another prominent Republican is lining up behind Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, in his primary fight against former Rep. J.D. Hayworth.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday he is "proud" to support McCain, calling him "a leader of character, courage and principle."

"Over the last year, the American people have taken a firm stand for smaller government and new pro-growth policies to create the jobs we so desperately need," McDonnell said in a statement. "These are the principles that Senator McCain fights for every day, and we need him now more than ever in the United States Senate."

The Arizona senator and former presidential candidate was a frequent presence on the campaign trail with McDonnell during his closely-watched bid for governor last year. McCain hosted fundraisers for the then-candidate and helped him shore up support among veterans in the commonwealth.

McCain has already collected endorsements from other GOP stars such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Filed under: Bob McDonnell • John McCain
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. truth

    It appears as if McCain is finally going to get what he deserves (i.e., a lost election). His lies are finally catching up with him.

    February 24, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Ryan

    McDonnell already acts like he's the president 11 days into his new job. That man needs his head examined. And it doesn't help that he re-tooled the EOE rules for tax-paying gay Americans in his state.

    We have a word for a guy like that. But I can't say it on CNN apparently so I'm just gonna call him a "french cleansing product".

    February 24, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The same Bob McDonnell who repealed a law discriminating against gays in state office. The same Bob McDonnell who wrote a thesis paper in college which was a forewarning of his discriminative views. The same Bob McDonnell who criticized the stimulus bill and then took money from it to improve Virginia's healthcare infrastructure. That Bob McDonnell? Impeach him now!!!

    February 24, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. LouAz

    There is a big Petition drive going on here to alter the AZ Ballot so Arizonans can vote NO for US Senator.
    I signed at two different places yesterday and another place today. Vote early and often. I have never understood two white guys both claiming to be GOD in the same State.
    Several folks I have talked to will write in Oprah Winfrey for US Senator. At least she openly gives stuff away on her show. Would make C-span coverage of the Senate interesting. That would be a change from Porkless John.
    Politics here in Aridzona is pretty simple. Remember Junior High School Student Body elections ? That will give you a good idea.

    February 24, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. maf

    I see the old boys club has allowed the rogue Palin to step into the fold with her endorsement of the maverick senator.

    This is what needs to change in Washington, but it will start in Arizona!
    Don't vote this dinosaur back in! Wealthy, homophobic, obstructionist, hell bent on war, leader of the party of NO, John McCain has to be told he can't play in government anymore. Vote for somebody else. . . anybody else. It's time for McCain to retire!

    February 24, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. carol

    McCain or Hayworth! Boy what a fabulous choice to start with!! Mr Country First McCain who is now putting the country last by voting NO to everything. Hayworth who is part of the birther crew anyway. Yes, two great choices and neither one worth a flying fig.

    February 24, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. Virginia Resident

    Sure wish Super Star Bob would stick to his knitting and focus on Virginia. He is proposing to cut $700 million from our schools, and cut funding for disabled and the mentally ill. These costs will only be transferred to the Counties and localities.

    Last week, Prince William County Del. Bob Marshall (R-13th) said that "...disabled children are punishment for those who had abortions..."

    Super Star Bob, in defense of Delegate Marshall said "..... I'm sure he regrets saying that. I think those are wrong and offensive comments and we should do everything we can for young children that are developmentally disabled and provide the best safety net that we can through state government...."

    Hey Super Star Bob, which is going to be? Either you help the disabled or you don't. Your budget says you aren't interested.

    I guess opening the comfort stations on I-81 is a crowning achievement.

    February 24, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Minnesota gal

    Cheeeeze if this guy supported me,,I run for the hills what a creep. If you talk to real Virginians who are not sorry they didn;t show up to vote, this guy is the worst thing to come down the pike.

    That's the problem when one side has a candidate with very lackluster charisma.....Deeds didn't stir up anything and the Democrats are darn sorry they didn't vote for him anyway. they had no idea that McDonnel, a creep from way out right wing creepsville would win. but republicans would vote for a guy behind bars if he said he was the republican candidate THEY REASON THEY WIN SUCH ELECTIONS, THEY SHOW UP AND VOTE SOMETHING DEMOCRATS FAIL TO DO.

    February 24, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. rick

    Gov. Bob McDonnell is a joke. He will destroy Virginia. The Gov. talks about creating jobs but with the budget cuts schools will closed and teachers and support staff will be out of jobs. The Gov. also hired a guy from Georgia to be Va. Sec. Of Education , come on Bob you mean to tell me no one in Va. was good enough to take the job. What a joke . Things will come out about this man that will make your head spin.

    February 24, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. James Steward

    ANother Rep in the WH> Don t think so. DONT Also McCain would be close to what, 80 yrs old? YOU GOTTA be kidding? The man has got not common sense. He is the once who introduced us to Moose Face Palin.. Nuff said.

    February 24, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Lexie Lou

    For crying out loud....what next from Republicans, what a sorry bunch!

    February 24, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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