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Romney Endorses Former Rival McCain

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) glances toward Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) during the CNN/Los Angeles Times Republican presidential debate at Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Jan. 30.(Reuters.)

Updated 5:36 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear and Perry Bacon Jr.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney gave a big, wet kiss on Valentine's Day to his former rival, Sen. John McCain, endorsing him in Boston and calling him "a true American hero."

With McCain standing next to him, Romney said he was urging his 280 delegates to support the Arizona senator at the Republican convention in September.

"This is a man who has served and suffered for his country," Romney said. "Our Democratic opponents are very skilled at striking heroic poses," he said, calling McCain "the real thing."

McCain thanked Romney for the endorsement and praised him for running "a hard, intensive, fine, honorable campaign."

The warm feelings were a huge contrast to the just-ended campaign, during which the two repeatedly called each other liars and worse. Asked about the negative tone and ill will on the campaign trail, both men sought to put the past in the past.

"We all know it was a hard campaign. Primaries are tough," McCain said.

"Now we move forward. Now we move forward together for the good of our party."

Romney added: "I still have my views. The senator has his views. But as a party, we come together. I recognize that it's time for us to put aside our differences and focus on the places where we think we have common ground."

Romney dropped out of the race two days after a disappointing Super Tuesday showing. At the time, he said his decision was in the best interests of a country at war.

The former Massachusetts governor is thought to have ambitions to run for president again in 2012, should McCain lose in 2008, and an endorsement of McCain at this point could help convince Republicans that he has the party's long-term interests at heart.

McCain had planned a trip to Vermont and Rhode Island today but changed his schedule to accommodate the announcement.

McCain has accumulated 843 delegates, while former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has gathered 242. One of them must get to 1,191 delegates to become the nominee when the Republicans gather in Minneapolis in September.

Even with primaries in Wisconsin (40 delegates) and Washington (19 delegates will be determined by a primary, following the caucus this month) next week, it's unclear whether McCain can collect the needed delegates before the larger primaries on March 4, unless Huckabee drops out.

Huckabee, campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of Tuesday's vote there, has vowed to compete until McCain acquires the 1,191 delegates required to win the nomination. He has dismissed speculation that a paid speech he will give to a youth leadership group in the Cayman Islands on Saturday is a sign he is slowing down his campaign, and aides said he had no plans to drop out.

"We're staying in, no question," said Bob Wickers, a top Huckabee adviser.

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis issued a memo saying that it is "mathematically impossible" for Huckabee to win, an assessment the former governor didn't dispute.

But, campaigning in Providence, R.I., before the Romney endorsement, McCain himself would not push his rival out, saying: "I respect Governor Huckabee. I respect his right to continue in his campaign."

Posted at 5:36 PM ET on Feb 14, 2008
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A vote for McCain is a Vote for Amnesty

A vote for John McCain is a vote for Amnesty
A vote for Mike Huckabee is a vote against Amnesty
Mike Huckabee has solutions to dealing with the immagration problem and also for dealing with the ohio economy.
McCain has said himself hes no expert on the economy. If you want the same old washington politics, of bad ethics and bad choices for the country go with McCain.
If you want change and solutions. To Immagration and to the economy go to Mike Huckabees Webstie
He has a nine step plan to solve this immagrationn problem which includes securing the border and punishing those who hire illeagals, he also is against Amnesty no free rides for people who broke the law.
check him out, he has answers. not politics.
by the way Mike Huckabee is the only candidate left that doesnt support amnesty all other candidates want to give amnesty to illeagals.

Posted by: charleslawlesss | February 23, 2008 1:15 AM

A vote for McCain is a Vote for Amnesty

A vote for John McCain is a vote for Amnesty
A vote for Mike Huckabee is a vote against Amnesty
Mike Huckabee has solutions to dealing with the immagration problem and also for dealing with the ohio economy.
McCain has said himself hes no expert on the economy. If you want the same old washington politics, of bad ethics and bad choices for the country go with McCain.
If you want change and solutions. To Immagration and to the economy go to Mike Huckabees Webstie
He has a nine step plan to solve this immagrationn problem which includes securing the border and punishing those who hire illeagals, he also is against Amnesty no free rides for people who broke the law.
check him out, he has answers. not politics.
by the way Mike Huckabee is the only candidate left that doesnt support amnesty all other candidates want to give amnesty to illeagals.

Posted by: charleslawlesss | February 23, 2008 1:14 AM

Poor al-Huckleberry. Seems the Haggardly Haggard types are not going to be able to make this a Religion Contest/Conquest after all.

Al-Huckleberry should be an example to the Iraqis, that here we expect our leaders to run on Platforms, NOT Religion!

Vice President Romney-That'll work! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | February 15, 2008 9:41 PM

Inconsequential mormon clown.

Posted by: kase | February 15, 2008 5:01 PM

Come to think of it, even for the cynics out there voting for Huckabee is a clear win/win scenario. If we are to believe the "experts", it won't make a difference anyway, McCain will still win the nomination. Later, if McCain happens to start doing things you don't like, you can honestly say that you voted for the other guy. You can't lose.

Posted by: skwatch | February 15, 2008 12:24 AM

It seems to me that one of the concepts here we keep dancing around is whether it is more important to be faithful to your party or faithful to your principles. For my two cents, it was the principles that brought me to the party.
If the party abandons the principles that I feel lead us to better governance and therefore a better country for us all, at that point the party becomes pretty unimportant to me. That does not mean I have no loyalty to my party. I do. I want it to be the best it can be. I would say the same for my country. For the betterment of my party and my country, I intend to vote for Mike Huckabee when our primary comes. Why not join me?

Posted by: skwatch | February 15, 2008 12:13 AM


A vote for Huckabee WAS a vote for McCain. Remember Iowa? Remember West Virginia.

But you do have a good sense for irony. A vote for Romney is now, quite literally, a vote for McCain.

And I have to admit that NOW a vote for Huckabee is certainly not a vote for McCain, which is why I'm voting for McCain.

Posted by: trich1 | February 14, 2008 11:17 PM

Bravo Romney. Congratulations McCain. Huckabee, come on in, the water is fine.

Posted by: trich1 | February 14, 2008 11:13 PM

Who told everyone that "a vote for Huckabee was a vote for McCain"? We now know a vote for Romney was a Vote for McCain!

Posted by: d_shoup | February 14, 2008 11:10 PM

It seems that Huckabee supporters lack the integrity and class in the same way that he does! I guarantee that those of you who are slamming Mitt Romney are doing so simply because he didn't endorse Mr. Huckabee. Why should he? First of all, Mitt Romney won more states and more delegates than Huckabee did and as of today he STILL had more votes and more delegates than Huckabee. Yet, unlike Romney, Huckabee doesn't care about party unity or defeating people who could seriously do some damage to our country - he cares only about himself (and the free press). Romney and Huckabee kept splitting the vote and when it became obvious that no good was being served by it, Romney took the high road and got out though many feel like he shouldn't have been the one that should leave! He demonstrated that he truly loves America and cares about the outcome of this election...a true statesman. When Romney ran contrast ads - your guy attacked him for it, acted high and mighty and yet was secretly grateful that Romney did the work (and paid for it)because Huck could persuade the American people that he was "better than that." You probably fell for his line about not wanting to show his negative ad to anyone but the press - PLEASE, that was the most transparent trick to date! Huckabee attacked Romney for being wealthy...a sleazy liberal trick. The man had a job and made a living!! One final (and perhaps most important) thought for you Huckabee supporters - why should Mitt Romney endorse a man who made slippery and unwarranted attacks against his faith? Huckabee did just that on more than one occasion...could you endorse a slimeball that attacked your faith in such an underhanded fashion? Maybe all of the Evangelicals should give that some thought - you reap what you sow. I pray that Romney becomes the VP nominee - he is the best of the three candidates and I would sleep easier at night knowing he is next in line. I could go on about which one has a scandal free life but Hucks supporters don't care about ethics problems or other questionable practices -they only care that Hucks calls himself a "Christian." Here's a clue - Mitt Romney is a Christian, he doesn't have to continuously tout his Christian values, he lives them.

Posted by: tammy921 | February 14, 2008 10:05 PM

Is he an android or Dracula?

Either way, Multiple Choice Mitt has returned to the tried and true method which has brought him so much success: BROWN-NOSING.

Will VP Mitt control the phase I Alzheimer's President McCain? Or will be it wife Cindy?

Posted by: mnjam | February 14, 2008 9:10 PM

McNut,s reasons for Amnesty
McCain's God,s Children Argument!
Then there is they are all God,s children argument(Another McCain favor) well isn't everyone God,s children? If so then guess McCain is saying everyone and anyone has the right to Invade this Nation, waving their flags, demand their rights, while feasting at the trough of public welfare and Kill, Rape and Rob thousands of American citizens each year!

McCain's Lettuce Argument!
There's the "lettuce" argument -- we'll be paying $50/head (or starving)( McCain really likes this argument) if we don't have illegal aliens working in the fields. As Phil Martin, ag economist at UC Davis shows, the field labor cost in a $1 head of lettuce is about 6 cents. Triple those wages and Americans will do the jobs. (They're not career positions. They're seasonal jobs for young people, starting in the world of work. I have did similarly menial jobs.) And you'll be paying 10% more for lettuce and other produce. Do you spend $1,000/year on produce? OK, you'll pay $100 more.

The lettuce argument also parallels that for the retention of slavery.

Immigrant Argument!
There's the "everyone's an immigrant except for the 'Native Americans'" argument. Well, the American Indians didn't sprout from the land, they came across the Bering land bridge from Asia. So if the criterion is "You're an immigrant if you had an ancestor who immigrated here," then American Indians are immigrants, too.

In that case, "immigrant" is no longer a useful word, since Everyone's an immigrant.

Stole Southwest Argument!
There's the "the U.S. stole the southwest" argument. Well, the land in dispute was "owned" by Spain for a couple of centuries. Then by Mexico for about 25 years. During these periods, there weren't more than a few thousand Spaniards or Mexicans in the entire territory. It's been owned by the U.S. for about 160 years now, much longer than Mexico's reign. And the U.S. has actually done something with the land, made it habitable for tens of millions. As Robert Kaplan has described, the difference between American and Mexican "twin cities" straddling the border is like night and day, yet the land is obviously the same. It's not the dirt that's important, it's the people. Put another way, if culture didn't matter, Mexico and Central America would be paradise.

Illegal pay taxes Argument!

There's the "illegal aliens pay tons of taxes" argument. Sure, they all pay real estate taxes (in rent) and sales taxes (most states). Those working on the books (typically using stolen Social Security numbers) pay FICA and, perhaps, income taxes. But they're mostly ill-educated and low-skilled and pay very low taxes connected to their working -- in fact, most claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, i.e. negative income tax! If a family with both parents working has two kids in school, that's at least $15k/year just for schooling, way more than the taxes on, say, $35k/year aggregate income.

Robert Rector at the Heritage Foundation has done the systematic accounting on all this. A typical household headed by a low-skilled illegal alien is a net drain of about $20k/year for the rest of us, year after year. (Low-skilled Americans are a similar burden, but they're part of the national family, not gate crashers from other societies.)

Illegal Bad..Amnesty good Argument!

There's the "illegal immigration is bad, but make them citizens and problem solved" argument. Nope. If that were the case, legalizing (i.e. amnestying) the illegal aliens would solve the problem. But they'd still be (on average) low-skilled workers whose burden on the rest of us would continue. In fact, once legal they'd be able to access more public benefits programs, so their cost to the rest of us would actually rise substantially. In short, most of the problems of mass illegal immigration are shared by mass amnestying them.

The flood of immigrants drives wages and living conditions in our central cities toward those of the Third World.

- The influx imposes both sprawl and gridlock on our metropolitan areas.

- Immigrant families needing services overwhelm our schools, taxpayer-funded health care facilities, and other public agencies.

- Those requiring services don't assimilate and, instead, expect to be served in their native languages.

- American civic culture frays as each ethnic group establishes its own grievance lobby and pushes for preferences.

- Communicable diseases such as tuberculosis (new, drug-resistant strains) return.

- Shortages of water and other resources loom, especially in immigration-blitzed Southwest.

Most that come across our open borders come from countries where, Crime, Corruption, Poverty, Misery, Anti-education, and hate for Americans has existed for centuries and is normal. Should anyone be surprised they bring those same family values across the border with them?

Posted by: american1 | February 14, 2008 9:07 PM

i am a middle of the road republican, but this party no longer stands for the best interests of this country. damaging war, rampent spending, habitual lying, and arrogance will make me sit out this next election.

Posted by: jeffrey.logan | February 14, 2008 9:01 PM

Mike Huckabee and Abraham Lincoln are great role models for society.

Both our courageous and caring men. Both do what is right for the country not what is right for party politics.

Lincoln wanted to abolish the atrocity of slavery. The "establishments" and "me too crowd" back then also didnt want to relinquish power.

If Lincoln was running today, the "me too crowd", "establishments" and the "media" would be giving the same cold sholder to him too as they are doing to Mike Huckabee now.

It's a shame that American's havent learned a lessson from that experience. We are giving a cold sholder to a man who deeply cares about all Americans like Abraham Lincoln did in 1860's.

Romney delegates: you were let down by Mitt. He took your money $100 million and then he just gave up, he wasted your money and hard effort. Did he ever say he was sorry? He used you!!!

It's going to come down to you, dont vote for the establishments of McCain, instead listen to what Lincoln is saying and vote for individuals who care like Mike Huckabee.

You can bring Lincoln principles back or you can allow the establishments to continue to rule you with their money and power.

Just remember, a true leader is one that "shares" his power, not "shows" his power.

Posted by: vote4mikehuckabee | February 14, 2008 8:57 PM

Here is a challenge for those of you in the GOP who haven't yet had your Primary.
Vote for Mike Huckabee!
You have absolutely nothing to fear and nothing to lose since "it is a lock" for McCain anyway. Why not?

Posted by: skwatch | February 14, 2008 8:46 PM

Wow,something really got garbled in transmission. Let me try again:
Scottdev: First: name calling is not a very convincing way to shore up a weak argument.
Second: Just because Mitt releases his delegates and encourages them to vote for McCain does not suddenly make them bound to McCain -- Many of those delegates were in the Romney camp precisely because they wanted a more conservative candidate a than McCain.
Third: Even if those delegates were suddenly bound to McCain, 1103 is less than 1191 (I was pretty good in math). Huckabee doesn't need 1191, he just needs McCain to get less than 1191. Then we have the matter settled in convention where it is a whole new race in many ways.
Forth: There are a lot of us out here who would still like to vote for the candidate of our choice. I think that is good for the country and good for both of the parties.

Posted by: skwatch | February 14, 2008 8:32 PM

Yours truly, Mitt ran for Governor of Massachusetts claiming he would bring high quality jobs to the State. He failed. I don't disparage anyone working at Staples and those jobs are valuable, but they are largely part-time and with limited benefits. These are not the type of jobs Mitt was touting when he ran. He was not a very good Governor of Massachusetts - disinterested and showed some of his dissembling skills that came into play in this election. I never spoke to the man, but as a local official in Massachusetts I understood firsthand how he passed on the tax burden to the local property tax so he could claim to be "anti=tax". He had a good story to tell, but he just is not a straight shooter so he couldn't get it out.

Posted by: Ford1998 | February 14, 2008 8:29 PM

Romneys' accomplishments are "unparalled in the modern era?" Seems like hyperbole to me. THis guy used every phony trick he could to get the nomination, and is backing off like crazy now to heal wounds for his next (and I predict similarly disastrous) try in 2012. Anyone who attributes any political class to Mitt Romney has not followed his carrer, including a turn as Governor In Name Only of Massachusetts, at all closely. Politically, he is a fraud and a loser. I do understand that he has a strong family relationship and is a good family man, and I give him credit for that. Too bad he couldn't export that to the political sphere.

Posted by: Ford1998 | February 14, 2008 8:22 PM

Scottdev: First: name calling is not a very convincing way to shore up a weak argument.
Second: Just because Mitt releases his delegates and encourages them to vote for McCain does not suddenly make them bound to McCain -- Many of those delegates were in the Romney camp precisely because they wanted a more conservative candidate a than McCain.
Third: Even if it did, 1103 Forth: There are a lot of us out here who would still like to vote for the candidate of our choice. I think that is good for the country and both of the parties.

Posted by: skwatch | February 14, 2008 8:18 PM

Mitt Romney, you are one class act. Unfortunately, many people in America are so jealous of your good looks (plastic), your beautiful wife and family the product of your Mormon beliefs (Mormons are a cult), your business successes (we don't want someone who looks like the guy who fired you--er how about the guy who hired you and built 70,000 US jobs at Staples alone).

I've had the privilege of talking with Mitt Romney on several occassions. He is a fine, decent and yes, very handsome man (also funny)!

I am sorry your jealousy and your bigotry and hatred prevented you from having a truly great president.

I don't think he made any deals. I think he did what he did today to get Huckabee out of the race so the party could coalesce just like he begged us all to do in his graceful speech to CPAC. Huck just didn't get the message.

Huck, your time on TV is over:

You have been voted off the Island and you are NOT THE SURVIVOR!

You and your Gee-Tar did not get even honorable mention on AMERICAN IDOL!!

You lost a lot of weight but tonight you are THE BIGGEST LOOSER!!!

That isn't because you didn't win the nomination, but because you are behaving like a booby SO YOU GET THE BOOBY PRIZE FOR LACK OF GRACE IN DEFEAT!!!

Posted by: yourstruly | February 14, 2008 8:16 PM

Romney knows economics, knows investing and knows Wall Street lingo.

He is as good at putting lipstick on a pig than anyone, it seems.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 14, 2008 7:51 PM


Again, I think we are mostly divided here on relatively fine points of interpretation. Notice, you added Romney's name to the segment of my quote. Granted, in the context, who this applied to may have been rather obvious. I still feel I was primarily discussing the idea of dropping principles in favor of team spirit. Apply them to who you will, I think that idea is a bad approach. I respect your right to disagree here, but to me there is a big difference between discussing ideas in this way and the personal attacks and name calling, to which elections and these posts so often decay. Thanks BTW for a decent discussion so far.

Posted by: skwatch | February 14, 2008 7:47 PM


I COMPLETELY agree that you can disparage the idea without attacking the person -- you, however, posted the following above:

"I just don't get how it is so dignified and classy [for Romney] to throw your principles away . . ."

Kinda a "personal attack" don't ya' think?

Posted by: JakeD | February 14, 2008 7:03 PM

CNN has McCain at 827, Romney at 286. (That equals 1,103 to all you guys from Arkansas). I know Huckastupid isn't good at math, but his 217 appears to be about 974 delegates short. Do you think one of you Huckajocksupporters can point that out to Schmuckabee?

Posted by: scottdevelopment | February 14, 2008 6:49 PM

To davbo73: But, in case you didn't pay close attention while Mitt Romney was
playing the, "I'm so righteous role,"
if you weren't aware of inconsistencies
in his respective promises, you are truly
among the single-minded masses. Mitt
is a Flip-Flopper. Not only that, John
McCain can put people to sleep with his speeches. Folks, anyone who sincerely
believes that John McCain can be an effective leader to follow in the oil-slick trail of destruction wrought by the last eight years of sheer Hell, should really think before they act.

Posted by: jetsfoto | February 14, 2008 6:40 PM

So, I presume that Mitt Romney got down
on his hands and knees to appease that
"Great American Hero", Senator John
McCain. Boy, I tell you that far NEOCON
Right must've ahve been sweating bullets
to persuade Mitt to play NICE. Anyone,
not seeing this cocktail of McCain,
Huckabee and Mitt is seriously living
in that "Ignorance is Bliss" World.

Posted by: jetsfoto | February 14, 2008 6:29 PM

Yes, having Huck clinch the nomination prior to the convention is pretty well assured to be impossible.

Posted by: skwatch | February 14, 2008 6:28 PM

JakeD:Well we all have different reads on certain things, but I have always thought Reagan's 11th commandment had more to do with lowering the discussion to attacks than anything else. Even Reagan was not perfect (Gasp), but from where I sit, ideas and principles were very important to him. A stupid idea can be espoused by by a person with an "R" after their name. You can disparage the idea without attacking the person.
As for the impossibility of Huckabee as a nominee: Yes, having Huck clinch the nomination prior to the convention is pretty well assured. However, if McCain doesn't begin to get some real traction with the voters soon, he could easily fail to get the 1191 needed. If it goes to convention for decision, Huckabee could certainly come out with the nomination. Even if I did not believe that, I would vote for Huckabee in my primary to send the message that ideas, principles, and track records matter to a lot of voters. Besides, I really do not believe McCain can win against either of the Democrats in Nov.

Posted by: skwatch | February 14, 2008 6:26 PM

I have to laugh at the Huckacrite supporters here.

Huckabee, in his retort of a few minutes ago, still claims Romney attacked him in Iowa by pointing out the differences between them. Huckacrybaby still called them attack ads.

Has anyone noticed that the "honest", "former","ordained", "Baptist", "Preacher" is now running ads about the differences between him and McCain. He is nothing but a hypocrite.

Huckabigot didn't really expect Romney to endorse him after the unprecedented slander of Romney's faith and religion?

Huckafoney supporters can now crawl back to the pews from whence they came. Maybe they can get Preachabee to do a sermon on honesty and fairness, something he needs to study up on.

Posted by: scottdevelopment | February 14, 2008 6:15 PM

I really don't have anything to say about this artice except that I think it is the perfect place to say that I think Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh are the most despicable people on the planet, and i am so happy McCain is going to get the nomination because that will mean two more votes for Hillary.

Posted by: lndlouis | February 14, 2008 6:07 PM

That's big of Mitt, seriously. As for Huck, he has his miracles and no need for delegates. Uh oh.

Posted by: jhbyer | February 14, 2008 5:59 PM

When my husband got orders to Afghanistan a few months ago, he was sent a list of recommended reading by the officer he will be replacing. One of them was "Taliban" by Ahmed Rashid.

If you were to read that book, which describes the formation of the Taliban, you would realize that Ron Paul is RIGHT about the fall-out that America unintentionally reaps from some of her policies -- policies that were not thought through far enough....

Americans need to understand that our country does things that piss other countries off.

Take our peaceful Neighbors to the North: The United states TAXES Canadians on their exports of soft-wood lumber. Where does that money go...? To clothe the homeless? No, it is transferred directly to American lumber companies. So Canadian citizens are subsidizing American Lumber companies...

And we are surprised that Canadians often view us in a dim light, but we shrug it off as "jealousy of our freedom."

We need to sit up and get a clue!

Posted by: carolm62 | February 14, 2008 5:58 PM

Almost all of you folks need to learn about something called 'class'. All of these candidates of either party are Americans. While they may disagree, and do so almost violently, they are still Americans. And all of them are behaving better than most of you, who spread vicious and unsubstantiated rumors that only add to the problem. Shame on you. Grow up or move to Cuba. See how your abuse of free speech works there.

Posted by: forces | February 14, 2008 5:58 PM

On top of yesterday's unanimous endorsement of McCain by the House Republicans, now we have Mitt Romney giving a kiss and an endorsement as well.

The Betrayal of America is complete.

The Republicans have, one and all, capitulated to the Invasion.

Elect McCain and you will have unilateral and unconditional amnesty for all illegal aliens within two years.

Elect any of the Democratic candidates and you'll have it within one year.

This is no longer our country.

Posted by: klaatu1 | February 14, 2008 5:49 PM

It seems to me that in this 2008 election there is no conservative voice, execpt for Mike Huckabee.- It seems as thought the Republican party establishment is trying to silence the voice of the conservitive. Mike huckabee with no money in his campaign has litterly hit the ground a few days before primarys or caucuses, (in states where the polls have him down in the double digits) and ends up winning these states. Why???
Becuase his message resignates with the heart of the conservitives. Every canidate has a liberal stance on immigration- that is except for Mike Huckabee. He is resignating with the common conservities, not to be confused with the wealthy corrupt conservitives. The excitement that Mike Huckabee generates when he arrives to a state is unbelievable. I do believe that if It was Mike Huckabee VS Barrack Obama assuming Mike Huckabee had any kind of funds., He could match Obamas Charisma and cadence. McCain on the other hand will be hard to watch if it comes down a Mac vs. Boma election. Mac will Lack in charisma and excitement.

Strangly enough the Republican establishment seems to be rallying behind McCain, While Mike Huckabee is gathering enourmous following from the heartland. It is sad to think, Had it been McCain vs Huck from the beginning. Huckabee would of already had the 1191 delegates he needs to be the GOP nominee. I say this because the conservative vote was being split between Huckabee and Romney, and Most of the states Romney won and about Half of the States that Mac won would of went to Huckabee had it been one on one in a Mac vs Huck primary.
There is something fishy going on as well though. Why hasnt Washington State recounted the votes that were never counted the first time? Im talking about the votes of Washington State that were contested by Huckabee. This is very fishy to me. I truely believe McCain didnt win Washington State, That there is some kind of cover up going on. After all when the party is trying to rally around a canidate which they claim is the front runner, the last thing you can afford is for Mike Huckabee to sweep three states two of which he wasnt suppose to win according to the polls.
Then their is Romney, Fighting Mac on every issue- Almost at complete odds on every issue with McCain.
Now after he drops out, he wants to give his delegates to McCain. Wait a minute. The people that voted for Romney wanted a Conservative choice. Many of which claimed they would never vote for McCain -Ever. So now these delegates which were generated from these conservative anti-Maccainies votes are going to the one person they didnt want to vote for? Politicians need to stay out of the peoples choice. Let the people speak. Let their votes be counted and their voices be heard. Then see where things stand. Washington and politicians need to stop trying to decide elections. Elections are for the people. Politicians are suppose to be servantes of the people not dictators and directors.

Charles King (a conservative independant.)

Posted by: charleslawlesss | February 14, 2008 5:47 PM


P.S. Does anyone else know whether "McCain has accumulated 843 delegates" including Romney's 280 or not?

Posted by: JakeD | February 14, 2008 5:47 PM

For all you brain dead posters (read liberals and and Huckabee-suck-up-abees) Romney said in his CPAC speech that the country and it's security/well being were more important than his staying in the race and would indeed support the Republican nominee.

Now you want to call him a flopper because he did what he said he was going to do? Yeah, that's the rationale I would expect from you... unbelievable.

It was a class act, something Mr. Huckster-bee knows nothing about, rather continues for the sake of his deluded ego and self-proclaimed "Canidate of God" mantra. Obviously we know where his allegiance-to-self lies as the well being of America doesn't register with him. Get over it, Huckster-blinded malcontents, he is not going to get the nomination and you only fool yourselves. The Huckster is effectively burying himself politically, all because his ego is bigger than his mouth.

He should stick with playing the guitar at his religiously bigoted revivals instead of masquerading as a conservative as checking his liberal record will belie.

Romney on the other hand is playing for bigger stakes... he is positioning himself as the future of the Republican party just as Reagan did when he lost the primaries in 1976, then came back after 4 years of Carter with landslide victories. Nothing unites Republicans like 4 years under a Democrat administration.

He would indeed be the best move for left-leaning McCain as a V.P. May be his only chance to beat the Clinton machine or heaven forbid, Barack (Saddam) Hussein (rhymes with Osama) Obama.

Posted by: pollywallydoodlealltheday | February 14, 2008 5:43 PM


You think that McCain "cannot" win, and that Romney switching to pro-life was insincere?

Posted by: JakeD | February 14, 2008 5:41 PM

Actually, I would have preferred to see Romney endorse Ron Paul. Their positions are similar on abortion (send it to the states) but not on the war.

Ron Paul is a decent human being whereas McCain is not.

And Ron Paul is actually right about the war, as can likely be attested to by having the highest number of military members -- people who KNOW -- supporting his campign.

Posted by: carolm62 | February 14, 2008 5:37 PM


You are free to vote for whomever you want, even in protest (since there's not mathematical way for Huckabee to gain the GOP nomination). My question about whether you have ever heard of Reagan's 11th Commandment is relevant to your opinion that the GOP was not just about team loyalty. I believe "Thou Shalt Not Speak Ill of Republicans" is ALL about "team loyalty". YMMV


I heard Miers and Bolton both got contempt sanctions (now referred to the U.S. Attorney in the EXECUTIVE Department BTW)

Posted by: JakeD | February 14, 2008 5:36 PM

Do you know what I think is ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS about this situation...?

Well, you've got the evangelicals out there voting for Huckabee, who had Christian Radio in a full lather prior to every primary, promising the punishment of God upon America if a Mormon were to get elected.

And the SAME people have been flooding the internet with messages that Obama is a Muslim and "Wouldn't it be horrible if a MUSLIM TERRORIST were to lead America...?!?!"

Obama is not a Muslim.

But the other thing that the SAME people flood the internet with is that Obama belongs to a Black Supremacist Christian Church. Which is it?

Personally, I tend to think they believe both. Since both are "bad" they must both be true....

Now, over in the Democratic primaries, the Democrats totally need to prove they are not racists or sexists simultaneously (commendably, religion has been pretty much a non-issue with them) and it is looking likely that Obama will be their candidate. Polls show that Obama will win over McCain. Polls show that Huckabee would be annihilated by either. ANNIHILATED!!!

The Evangelicals who spent their nights and days meditating upon Mitt's underwear have actually worked towards getting a Muslim terrorist as president.

Again, Obama is NOT a Muslim terrorist, but the Christian Right enjoys thinking that he is -- or at least they want others to think that he is....

The crazy thing is, if they had to choose between a Muslim Terrorist and a Mormon, I really do think they'd pick the terrorist.

It's too hilarious for words.

Posted by: carolm62 | February 14, 2008 5:32 PM

Huckabee could have won and should have been endorsed by Romney, which is exactly why Romney endorsed the loser, Juan McShame, so that Romney could run again in 2012. By Romney endorsing McCain, who he knows cannot win, so that Romney can run again in 4 years instead of 8.

As far as Romney being either a liberal or a conservative, Romney HAD to be a liberal in order to win the Governorship in Massachusetts. Romney didn't become a "conservative" until he decided to run for President. That's when Romney decided to change from pro-choice to pro-life, in order to meet the Republican Party Platform.

Posted by: lindalovejones | February 14, 2008 5:30 PM

Three days ago I wrote: "Don't rule out the possibility, however small, that McCain and Romney made a deal, i.e., in return for dropping out now Romney will be back later, on the ticket with McCain. This is how Romney can BEST use his money, rather then McCain & Romney both going broke beating each other's brains out in the primaries. Romney is young enough that he can take the VP seat a while and learn international and federal processes, then run for prez in 2012.

John McCain, due to age, is a 1-term prez. The coming economic trouble may make ANYONE elected in 2008 a 1-term prez.

If McCain got Huckabee as VP, millions would avoid the ticket. No one wants McCain to die in office and leave us an evangelical prez. We are electing a prez - not a pope. The religious right in the USA, typically that Robertson, Falwell, Dobson, FRC form of American Taliban (AT) does not go over well with most Americans, nor with millions of faithful citizens. The AT are seen as angry, rigid, anti-women, anti-gay, warmongering old jerks who are off their nut. McCain referred to the AT as "agents of intolerance" back in his 2000 effort to be the nominee. He was right. The Bush/Rove white house referred to the AT as "useful idiots," They were right. People will not risk having the AT in national office and have them try to shove their ancient puritanical nonsense down our throats. Huckabee is a non-starter in the national election."

So here we are 3 days later. It didn't take long for a deal to appear, even though the media says John & Mitt hate each other.

GOP realizes having a fundie nut like Huckabee on the ticket is a death knell. Huckabee may be a decent person, but he associates with wacko's like James Dobson and Pat Robertson. Huckabee's remark that he would "align the U.S. Constitution with the Bible" has people alarmed. Only a fool would mess with the Constitution - but no one ever said FAR right wingnuts were the least bit rational.

Maestro, cue the violins, it's Valentine's Day and John & Mitt now will show us the Strange Bedfellows Waltz. A-one-and-a-two.

I love a happy ending!

Posted by: 809212876 | February 14, 2008 5:28 PM

They can endorse all they want but I would vote for Bin Laden before I would vote for McNut. He is willing to turn this Nation into an Spanish speaking third world Cesspool.

Posted by: american1 | February 14, 2008 5:16 PM

With friends like Romney who needs enemies? Further proof that make believe politics is all these confused republicans know. The real Republicans of the Party of Lincoln are voting for Obama in growing numbers. This is "the reality check".

Posted by: dmscontractor | February 14, 2008 5:14 PM

Romney has shown that, money and differences aside, he is dignified enough to do what is best for the party and for the country. McCain needs Romney. This is a huge deal. Most of the conservative elite see Romney as their darling. He is their Reagan and their conservative leader. This is a great thing for McCain. Romney will end up being McCain's Vice President. Romney is strong in the areas where McCain is weak. Romney is the best republican to unite the party with McCain winning the nomination. I would vote for McCain if Romney is VP as will many others. McCain/Romney '08

Posted by: poliscistudent | February 14, 2008 5:12 PM

Romney likes McCain because he relates to him - McCain is now waffling on issues like Romney did....

Posted by: glclark4750 | February 14, 2008 5:12 PM

What does it mean when this message board accuses John McCain of being BOTH a radical liberal AND a right-wing religious bigot? I think it means that he stands in the center, where, incidentally, most Americans stand also. You can't please all of the people all of the time...

Posted by: oliver_gingrich | February 14, 2008 5:08 PM

Some of you can never be satisfied. What good is it if Romney doesn't support any Republican, even if it is McCain? Since McCain is going to win the nomination, and Huckabee is on the miracle express, who is Mitt supposed to support? Ron Paul, Obama, Hilary? Not a lot of quality choices out there.

Granted, McCain and Romney aren't close on many issues but McCain supposedly represents the Republicans. So what if Romney is planning for future possibilities. Flip-flop? That's stupid! He is doing what is possible in his influence to unite the Republicans, and if it serves him later on so be it. Better to join with the group I am a part of rather than stand out in the cold acting like an idiot because everybody doesn't agree with me. Some of you act as though you have all of the answers when all we're looking for is a direction for the Republican party to head. At least this way Mitt still has at least some influence in directional matters.

Posted by: SmithDM | February 14, 2008 5:04 PM



In respect for all those who have died and suffered because of the pre-emptive war on Iraq, contribute to the Obama campaign today and please, Vote O!

Posted by: maddymappo | February 14, 2008 5:02 PM

Once again Mitt Romney is doing the right thing for the Party and should be commended. It's time for Huckabee to do the same thing. Instead of preaching humility and seeking self aggrandizement, Huckabee should lock arms with the rest of the Party and start helping McCain march toward a November victory. Huckabee looks more and more the fool every day.

Posted by: ccg100 | February 14, 2008 4:56 PM

I LIKE MIKE HUCKABEE! Romney is a crook and the only reason he's endorsing McCain is because McCain can't win, so then Romney can run again in 4 years. Anyone who believes in Romney, who is hiding his money offshore, in the Cayman Islands, to avoid paying taxes here in his own country, and puts $50 million into winning a job that only pays $250,000, is crazy.

Posted by: lindalovejones | February 14, 2008 4:54 PM

"Pantoufle, the Mexicans are just coming home. Most of them have Indian blood. It's you who is the foreign invader, so why don't you pack up..."
Posted by: wangbang747 | February 14, 2008 03:51 PM

"Indian" describes not a monolithic entity but a very large number of independent groups that lived in the Americas at the time of European discovery. Your reasoning would give Mayans the right to move onto Ohlone lands, for example. This is like saying that the Japanese have a right to move into China, or that the French have a right to move into England because they share a broad racial classification. People of Mayan descent, for example, are invaders in the US just as much as people of Scottish descent. That said, the Indians I've known from Mexico and Guatemala, I have really liked, and I am all for allowing more of them to immigrate here legally. They seemed the best of what their countries had to offer, with humility and dignity in sharp contrast to the arrogant pride of the ruling classes that have oppressed them for so long. They are good for the soul of our country. We need them. But they have no more right to move here than anyone else.

Posted by: _kt_ | February 14, 2008 4:46 PM

Mitt, How many faces do you have? Didn't I hear you say not long ago that a vote for Mike was a vote for John?

Thanks for dropping out. I would have hated to see you in office not knowing who you really are?

Posted by: mlimberg | February 14, 2008 4:44 PM

The only reason why Romney is endorsing McCain is because he knows McCain can't win, which means a Democrat will be in the White House 4 years from now when Romney can try again. If McCain was in the White House 4 years from now and chose to run for re-election, that means Romney couldn't run for President until 8 years from now. By Romney endorsing a loser, McCain, Romney can run again in 4 years instead of 8. The reason why McCain can't win is because McCain wants to stay in Iraq for another 100 years, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran, and continue the Bush Administration policies, which everybody in the World hates. So there is no way that 30% of Americans who support the war will be able to defeat 70% of Americans who are ready to end the war in Iraq. Plus, Bush's own security advisers have already come out against Bush attaking Iran and have told the World that Iran is not building a nuclear weapon, but McCain, like Bush, still wants to attack Iran. Let's not forget, at 71 (turning 72 this year), McCain is simply too old to be President in this new age where America desperately wants and needs change.


Posted by: lindalovejones | February 14, 2008 4:39 PM

Oh, barf.
Does anyone remember McCain and Romney b%^&% slapping each other in the California debates over "timelines"? Good grief- politics makes for uneasy, queasy bedfellows.
I never liked Mitt, anyway- he's the most artificial, plastic politician in recent memory- and he just proved it.

Posted by: bethidee | February 14, 2008 4:37 PM

I am a Romney supporter and have nothing but praise on how he has handled himself... Unlike some candidates, Thompson and Rudy, Romney gave his all but when he realized he couldn't win he bowed out gracefully... earning the respect of the Conservative base in the process.. Now that McCain is the lock to win, Mitt is throwing his support behind him like all good Republicans should. Not sure if McCain will pick Romney to be on his ticket, I'm sure there is still some bad blood, but Romney would be a big help with shoring up the Conservative base and balancing the ticket with a guy who knows about the economy.. not a McCain strength. Huckabee will probably have to be offered a post in McCain cabinet to get him and his supporters on board. maybe Sec of State.. He doesn't have much foreign policy experience but the guy is smart and very personable. Then with the Republicans united they will be ready for the Democrats in Nov... McCain/Romney 08.. that works for me.

Posted by: sovine08 | February 14, 2008 4:33 PM

Kase, Great, when you can't win a debate, you can always fall back to name calling. Brilliant!

Posted by: skwatch | February 14, 2008 4:33 PM

My compliments to Gov. Romney on a class move. This, along with his decision a week ago to drop out of the race, has raised my opinion of him. He does indeed seem to be putting the good of the party ahead of his own near-term interests, although I'm sure that he's already thinking ahead to 2012 as well as to what kind of position he might be able to get in a McCain administration (VP? Sec'y of the Treasury? Sec'y of Commerce?)

Now that Romney is throwing his support behind Sen. McCain, Gov. Huckabee should quit the race and do likewise. The writing's on the wall. John McCain will be our nominee in the Fall. It's time to stop campaigning against each other and start campaigning against the Democrats.

Posted by: danram | February 14, 2008 4:31 PM

If I were to go with the flow - I might call Romney a flip-flopping panderer. These are the comments from those who do not really seek knowledge and truth.

It is like a junior high school brawl. Someone shouts "fight" and they all come running and all are shouting fight. They don't know who is fighting or even why. They just perpetuate false ideas to keep the fight going. SOme even pick who they want to win the fight and it doesn't matter what they say and do...they want their guy to win.

I challenge all of you to really look at the record of each of these 3 men: McCain - Huckabee - Romney

Can we agree that they have all positives and negatives? If you think Romney is all negative...and that is what I hear from alot of you... Then I am worried for our country b/c we are so quick to give up truth. Everything Romney has done has turned to gold (hence his olympic theme) The guy is an ivy league genious. He thrashed everyone in the debates and you KNOW IT! So he can communicate. He is an entrepenueral wizard. Check out his track record as a governor. He was awesome and the democrats from MASS will agree. He has shown us by example that he knows how to run a family. Who else do you know has all 5 of his children dropping everything to support their father. Look, I don't want McCain as President but I will not go with the flow and spout off hate language that is not true. He does have some qualities I like. I cannot see Huckabee as president. I don't like his background on the issues. Oh, and by the way I checked his background... I read. He seems like a good man though.

I choose not to "GO WITH THE FLOW."

Sewers go with the flow

So to everyone else out there...If you hear Romney hatred spewed assured you are near someone who is too lazy to addicted to their man in the fight they'll do and say anything to win...and they are also a fellow american... so love them. They are one of us.

God bless america

Posted by: maurermd | February 14, 2008 4:28 PM

You ARE kidding right?
Am I missing the sarcasim?

Huck is a flat-world, knuckle-dragging, crazy-christian,baptist buffoon who would be even easier to vanquish than the old Blood 'n Guts!

Posted by: kase | February 14, 2008 4:26 PM

Now that he has done all he can this election cycle, Mitt can go back to doing what he does best.... selling Isuzus.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 14, 2008 4:22 PM


Posted by: kase | February 14, 2008 4:21 PM

Mitt Ole Feller WHY???????? You really believe in McCain .I don't believe a bit of it, but if Bush says do - you do, and I guess if your picked like a pig in the poke to accompany McCain as VP, the money aint bad. But I guess at this point who else is there - but Hillary. Sleep tight and enjoy the fight. You should be back from wence you came in no time at all. We sincerely hope! Oh by the way, I am certain the welfare of our country and its people mean zippo to you. You know which country I mean 'AMERICA' sOMETIME WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE, CORNY AS YOU MAY THINK IT IS,LISTEN TO KATE SMITH SING "GOD BLESS AMERICA"

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | February 14, 2008 4:21 PM

After all the bad blood, imagine "releasing" delegates to Magoo who doesn't need them - or Romney! What a revoltin' development! Let's hope they haven't been bought and paid for and that they might spring to the Huckster.

Posted by: filoporquequilo | February 14, 2008 4:17 PM

Oh, swell. Max Factor Mitt endorses Mr. Magoo. As if that's gonna help.

Mr. Magoo's campaigning as Bush III, only worse. Whatta strategy.

Posted by: oggtheblog | February 14, 2008 4:14 PM

You've got that right, Kase, but Huck has beaten the Clinton machine four times. I think he could also look pretty good in a debate with Obama. Can you say "brokered convention"?

Posted by: skwatch | February 14, 2008 4:10 PM

Governor Romney and Senator McCain actually agree on a lot of issues, like overturning Roe v Wade and banning stem cell research. I think that both have impressive experience as leaders. I don't expect both of them to see eye to eye on complex issues like the economy and immigration, but I do think that either of them would ably fill the large requirements that come with the Presidency, so if Governor Romney supports Senator McCain, I'll just be glad that there's one less pointless disagreement in politics.

Posted by: michaelammon | February 14, 2008 4:09 PM

-Makes no difference.

McCain will lose BIG in November.


Posted by: kase | February 14, 2008 4:05 PM

You guys calling Mitt a flip flopper for not staying in the race, and for endorsing McCain are beyond stupid. Yes they were both vying for the nomination, but in the end they are on the same team, and he'd rather see McCain win than a Democrat. Do you really think that whoever wins between Obama and Hillary, that the loser won't eventually endorse the winner? Would that make them a flip-flopper too? It's called party unity, and it happens almost all the time, no matter how bitter the primary fights were. Get a clue, Romney haters, you are so transparent.

The truth is every candidate "flip flops" at some point, show me one that has never changed his opinion about anything, and I'll show you one who has never won any serious election. For example McCain voted against the Bush tax cuts, and now he wants to make them permanent. So he's s flip flopper too, right? Where was the media calling him out on that? The media unfairly gave that label to Mitt early on, while failing to hold other candidate to the same standards, and the ignorant masses (like some who have posted here) who rely on "sound-bite politics" ate it up and just took it as the gospel truth. It is no secret that the media was more harsh on Romney than any other candidate by far, and that is shameful. And if you don't see that, then you really aren't apying attention, or you just don't care because you don't like him anyway.

Mitt is the most intelligent, articulate and decent candidate that ran this time around, he just made some tactical errors and didn't craft his message well enough. If McCain loses, Mitt will be back in 2012.

Posted by: davbo73 | February 14, 2008 4:04 PM

JakeD, I am not sure I see the relevance of your 11th commandment comment with regard to my post. There had been a number of comments that it was dignified and classy to be done with this nonsense of voting in primaries and have others in power pick our nominee for us. I believe in discussing ideas and principles. I think having primaries makes sense.

Posted by: skwatch | February 14, 2008 4:03 PM

Who's Mitt Romney?

Posted by: DROSE1 | February 14, 2008 4:03 PM

Romney would have been the best one to run the economy!

Posted by: robinfickerofrobinrealty | February 14, 2008 4:02 PM

Big deal. CFR sock puppet #5 endorses CFR sock puppet #4. Who didn't see this coming?
How about some real news?

Posted by: eco-pharm | February 14, 2008 3:57 PM

In other news, the U.S. House today voted to sanction Bush aids for failing to comply with subpoenas -- good luck imposing anything tougher than that -- Republicans walk out of the chamber.

Posted by: JakeD | February 14, 2008 3:53 PM

As a left-winger, I enjoy and appreciate all the commentary and analysis here from smart and thoughtful right-wingers. Then there are the brownshirt fanatics who drool about "immigrant invasions" and fratricidal democrats. Yawn. But this is just funny:

"[Romney's] pedigree and intelligence are unrivalled among major U.S. political figures, and his history of spectacular success in the most difficult situations - such as Bain Capital, Bain Consulting, the Olympics - is unmatched in the modern era."

"Pedigree"? So there really are conservatives out there who would impose a breeding requirement on our leaders? Such a view at least obviates simple racism; most white people presumably lack the requisite bloodlines as well.

Then there's the poster's intelligence claim. I have never heard anybody else claim that Romney is the smartest person in public life. He certainly strikes me as a smart man, but one might at least make some effort to qualify such a sweeping and extravagant claim.

My favorite part of this post, though, is its identification of Bain Capital, Bain Consulting, and the Olympics as "the most difficult situations." Soldiers under fire in Iraq, inner-city teachers, and single moms trying to hold down two jobs will certainly be relieved to know how much harder their lives would be if they had to trade their petty cares for the real challenge of running a consulting firm.

Posted by: magarian | February 14, 2008 3:52 PM

That's GREAT news. Now can someone tell Mike Huckabee to just go away now that McCain has the nomination?

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | February 14, 2008 3:52 PM

Pantoufle, the Mexicans are just coming home. Most of them have Indian blood. It's you who is the foreign invader, so why don't you pack up and get the f*ck out of here.

Posted by: wangbang747 | February 14, 2008 3:51 PM

Romney has also agreed to a have a new brain chip implanted to ensure that he spouts McCainisms.

Posted by: mnjam | February 14, 2008 3:51 PM

Sounds like a lot of bitter Huckabee fans and of course the Liberals are whining. Huckabee never had a chance. He's a decent enough fellow, but I think McCain's record is more conservative than Huckabee's (and that is saying something). Romney was the most conservative of the three even if he did switch over in recent years. Not to mention Huckabee's flat tax is the laughing stock of all tax experts. The truth is, his plan won't work. He doesn't understand math; he says so himself. :) I want a candidate that believes in Math and Miracles: Romney 2012

Posted by: doups3 | February 14, 2008 3:50 PM

Tee hee! Politics really does make strange bedfellows. Best sleep with yer eyes open, fellers.

Bush McCain & Romney, sittin in a tree ...

Posted by: djmolter | February 14, 2008 3:47 PM

Is it just me or does the longer Huckabee stays in the more cartoonish he becomes. Just a doofus without a job, who likes flying around in a private jet on someone else's dime having a good ol' time. Hey Dave got an opening on tonight's show...
He is no longer relevant

Posted by: ballds | February 14, 2008 3:39 PM

skwatch and roedel74:

Remember Reagan's 11th Commandment?

Posted by: JakeD | February 14, 2008 3:39 PM

Ah, so now Romney gears up for a VP nod under McCain. Is there no end to Mitt's boot-licking?

Posted by: roedel74 | February 14, 2008 3:35 PM

Once again, Mr. Romney jumps at whatever is politically expedient. Mr. Romney, in the span of a few weeks, has gone from GOP martyr to McCain '08 facilitator. What will this man not do for convenience, and to whom will he not pander?

Posted by: RightWingHawk83 | February 14, 2008 3:32 PM

being endorsed by romney is almost as good as getting a blow job from the wicked witch of the east; it looks like fun, but watch for the teeth

Posted by: shmaryahoopizzaman | February 14, 2008 3:24 PM

I just don't get how it is so dignified and classy to throw your principles away for little more than the right letter after ones name. The GOP was once the party of ideas, not just team loyalty. That seems to no longer be the case with the GOP establishment. The GOP voters, at least the ones willing to think for themselves, would still like to have their say.
Huckabee is truly consistent on conservative principles and I plan on voting for him in the upcoming primary.

Posted by: skwatch | February 14, 2008 3:23 PM

Mitt Romney is an honorable man and only has the country's best interest in mind. He knows that a McCain Presidenticy is much less damaging and harmful to our economy and to the troops moral. McCain pulled some very dirty tricks and said some very unfair things about Mitt but he being the true Statesman that he is bows out with the dignified gentleman that he is. I supported Mitt heavily financially and was very disappointed when he suspended his campaign, I like him would much rather have McCain than Clinton or Obama and with him turning his delegates over to John McCain is a wonderful gesture and time will show the wisdom of this. He may even be offered the VP position and with John McCain's age that would be very attractive to hard core Mitt Romney supporters like myself.

Posted by: MrPappy | February 14, 2008 3:23 PM

and people thought Huckabee was McCain's stooge. mitt stayed in long enough to hold back Huckabee. who wins? the NAU/SPP




Posted by: Regulus63 | February 14, 2008 3:21 PM

Romney is a man of principle who puts the interests of America above his own ambition unlike the crazy bunch at the top of the Democrat party like Harry Tokyo Reid of Nevada and Hillary where is that phone number for the boys who did in Foster Clinton.

Bravo Mitt.

Posted by: msmithnv | February 14, 2008 3:12 PM


Have you seen any of my past posts to you on this subject? McCain is a "natural born Citizen" because his parents are citizens, regardless of where he was born.

Posted by: JakeD | February 14, 2008 3:04 PM

I've been a solid McCain supporter for the last 8 years, and I've ripped into Romney for his changing positions and negative campaigning, but he has done nothing but show pure class since Super Tuesday.

Posted by: PBL4 | February 14, 2008 3:03 PM

I can't believe that anyone is surprised that flip flopper Mitt, pandered to the ultra-right and then endorsed McCAin. They're Republicans. The Party that says one thing and does another. They'll claim to be whatever you want. That was the genius of Rove. Convince the right wing-nuts, the evangelicals and the corporate types that they were, somehow alike. Boy, did Bush deliver! Look, I'm for a balanced budget...just kidding. Vote for me, I'll avoid foreign adventurism and nation building....gotcha. I think the Huckerables will just stay home this election.

Posted by: thebobbob | February 14, 2008 2:59 PM

Here are the two big talking points of liberal media pundits and gurus currently:

1. Sure, the Democrats are engaged in fratricidal wars of race and gender, but don't worry, be happy, it'll all work out somehow.

2. All this Republican unity for McCain can't be good, oh, no!

Posted by: DaTourist | February 14, 2008 2:58 PM

To answer the question about where the delegates go. The answer is Romney's delegates come in two flavors: declared and undeclared.

If they are declared (which a vast majority of Mr. Romney's delegates are) Romney chooses where they go.

If they are undeclared I believe the head of the state Republican party gets to choose. I am not sure on that, all that I do know is that they don't *have* to go to McCain. The point is moot because the number of undeclared delegates is relatively small compared to the ones that are.


Posted by: jgerontes | February 14, 2008 2:58 PM

Romney has shown that, money and differences aside, he is dignified enough to do what is best for the party and for the country. McCain needs Romney. This is a huge deal. Most of the conservative elite see Romney as their darling. He is their Reagan and their conservative leader. This is a great thing for McCain. Romney will end up being McCain's Vice President. Romney is strong in the areas where McCain is weak. Romney is the best republican to unite the party with McCain winning the nomination. I would vote for McCain if Romney is VP as will many others. McCain/Romney '08

Posted by: poliscistudent | February 14, 2008 2:58 PM

I hope Romney gets the VP nod today. That should really bring the conservative talk radio broadcasters around. Someone needs to be in there to influence McCain on conservative issues he has fought against in the past, help him with the economy, and build some unity in the party with most of the conservatives. Should Romney get the VP nod and have significant powers from McCain to show the conservatives good faith, there is nothing that will stop them.

Posted by: ceo1 | February 14, 2008 2:57 PM

McCain was born in Panama and as such it is not a "Natural Born Citizen"
therefore it does not qualify to run for the office of the president.
Panama was LEASED and we have no Territorial Rights.
If I may I would like to bring this US State Department PDF document where in page 6 indicated the following:
"Despite widespread popular belief, U.S military installations abroad and U.S diplomatic or consular facilities are not part of the United States within the meaning of the 14th amendment. A child born on the premises of such facility is not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and does not acquire U.S. citizenship by reason of birth."
this is in page 6... Please read it...
This is the US State Department web site which contains the file which is attached for your reading.

As you recall in the past there has been elections (Primary) where US Citizens were running for the office of the President and those Candidates were born in another country and their Parents were US Citizens. (similar to McCain)

Not long ago it was said that Arnold (the governor of California) was actually indicating he would like the Constitution to be amended so he and others Citizens like him can run for the office of the President.

I'm not a Constitutional scholars, but if you feel as passionate and fascinated with this subject as I am, in the process of researching you will discover the vast data that exists of factual information extracted from US Supreme Court cases as well as the Founding Father Papers during the process of writing our Constituion you will discover what the actual intend of "Natural Born Citizen" was and is and what is missing or not to have it clarified once and for all.

Here is a set of web pages to help you all that love reading and educating themself.

{ Why Did the Founding Fathers Want the President
To Be a "Natural Born Citizen}

{ The Pernicious "Natural Born" Clause of the Constitution}

another Digital book on this subject..

Page 15- Last Paragraph

Then Page 32 and 33 have some answers; but I encourage you to read it or have some of your research personal to do so.

The question then is why it was removed on the 1795 Act?; What took place on Congress that moved them to remove such a clear definition as stated on the 1790 Act?

Posted by: politiciannc | February 14, 2008 2:56 PM

Plainly, Romney cared more for America's unity in the face of a war with Global Islamofascists than for inflating his ego in the primary.

We'll have opportunities to observe just how much inflation the egos of Hillary and Obama can take before the ultimate implosions!

Posted by: DaTourist | February 14, 2008 2:54 PM

Romney is NOT a good man. He is a liar and a cheat. His campaign showed who he really was.

Lets just hope that their is a way that those delegates can cross over to Huckabees numbers by their own choice.

Huckabee must win this nomination.

Posted by: marinepatriot | February 14, 2008 2:52 PM

I thought he already endorsed McCain when he dropped out of the race. Wasn't the implication that he was endorsing whomever the Republicans nominate?

You know, because he doesn't want to make America to surrender to terror by electing a Democrat. He just loves America that much. What a guy.

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | February 14, 2008 2:52 PM

Good for Mitt. He is showing some class.
If you can't beat them, join them.
I think he would be a smart choice for V.P.

Posted by: leenkelcoleman | February 14, 2008 2:51 PM

Just as McCain rallied to Bush after a hard fight (no pattycake for the GOP!) in 2004, Romney has rallied to McCain, and that won't be forgotten by Republicans in future primaries!

To get loyalty, you gotta give loyalty, a life lesson Democrats have never learned, and a dependable asset of the GOP!

Posted by: DaTourist | February 14, 2008 2:50 PM

Unlike Democrats and liberals, Republicans fight hard and clean, then unify against the party of swollen egos and inflamed racial and gender sensitivities!

Will St. Mary's actually allow an abortion-on-demand candidate to speak from the podium of a great Catholic institution to South Texas Hispanics today?

Posted by: DaTourist | February 14, 2008 2:47 PM

Why is anyone surprised? Romney made it clear in his speech when he bowed out that now was the time to unite around one candidate, for the good of the country and the good of the party. So he's putting his delegates where his mouth is -- following through on what he said needed to happen.

Why the anger? Why the hate? Why the accusation of "flip-flop"? Romney said in his CPAC speech that he had his differences with McCain, but that a country at war needed to be united -- and now you attack Romney for standing firm on this principle?

Posted by: Perplexed | February 14, 2008 2:44 PM

Haw! Haw! Haw!

Democrats and liberals are having epilepsy of Ye Olde Sphincter, as Republican unity emerges early, and the race and gender chaos engulfs The Party of the Left!

Posted by: DaTourist | February 14, 2008 2:42 PM

Very interesting! So what the Romney campaign is now saying seems to be that a vote for Romney was a vote for McCain. How ironic. Romney was just staying in to be the spoiler. This is not over yet. A lot of the people want Huckabee, but the insiders are terrified that he could get in in a brokered convention. Most interesting campaign year we have had in a long time and perhaps with the most at stake. And, Yes, I definitely like Mike. Don't be afraid to vote for Huckabee. You can still make a difference.

Posted by: skwatch | February 14, 2008 2:41 PM

For Republican voters, this is a good thing as we draw closer to the general election. McCain may have some more moderate/liberal views. But, he is far more conservative than his opponents on the Dem side. And considering we have potential supreme court judges to consider, I would rather vote for someone in my party than someone on the far left that shares less of what I value.

Posted by: jason | February 14, 2008 2:40 PM

Unbelievable, the man truly has no integrity or personal beliefs whatsoever, does he? After all the hate and lies he spewed toward McCain, whoops, Mitt changes his mind AGAIN and backs the one guy who apparently is opposed to everything the Romney supposedly represented (pandering to the wacko far right).

If he truly believed in his heart even one word that he's been blabbering over the past year, he would have thrown all his support behind Huckabee, who really is conservative. But no, once again, personal ambition and pandering is what makes Mitt tick, nothing else. A shallow, foolish shell of a man.

Posted by: tsarapka | February 14, 2008 2:35 PM

I was a Romney supporter, there is NO way I will vote for Huckabee or McCain, both are religious bigots. A large number of LDS voters will not blindly cast votes to Republicans this year.

Posted by: 26point2 | February 14, 2008 2:28 PM

Doesn't matter WHO endorses Juan McShame - he'll NEVER get my vote. Nor will CHillary or B-HusseinObama. No one who supports scamnesty for the illegal alien invaders should expect any support from any American citizen. A pox on all their houses.

Posted by: Pantoufle | February 14, 2008 2:27 PM

Romney is a good man, a gentleman and a patriot. His pedigree and intelligence are unrivalled among major U.S. political figures, and his history of spectacular success in the most difficult situations - such as Bain Capital, Bain Consulting, the Olympics - is unmatched in the modern era. If McCain loses as expected to Obama in '08, Romney will be well placed in '12 to challenge Obama, at which point the country will become well aware of what happens when we elect a president with an unqualified resume.

Posted by: Dellis2 | February 14, 2008 2:27 PM

Romney flips, he flops, he flips again...he scores!!! (for McCain)

Posted by: thecrisis | February 14, 2008 2:22 PM

So much for Romney's plays at the "conservative" label. Romney probably gets a cabinet post or some other cushy position of his choosing, at the least, as a result. Romney didn't have to do this, and doing so stabs in the back all of the conservatives who looked to Romney as a conservative alternative to the liberal McCain. Ultimately, though, Romney shows his true colors as a liberal.

When in memory has the Republican party tendered so many liberals among its primary contenders? Giuliani, McCain, Romney, and even Huckabee in his views leaning toward big government are unthinkable candidates to Republicans just a few election cycles ago, and yet here they all are headlining this primary season.

Bush has imploded conservatism, and unless conservatives regain their senses quickly and find some new leaders, it could be 20 years before true conservatives have any voice in politics again.

Posted by: blert | February 14, 2008 2:18 PM

I wish I had a radio near me so I could hear what all the whining right-wingers are saying. They all backed Romney "because he is a true conservative" once it became evident that McCain was the apparent nominee. Now that "true conservative" is backing McCain! Jeez, the repubs are having one hell of a year, aren't they?

Posted by: mikebythesun | February 14, 2008 2:15 PM

Can you please clarify what happens with Romney's delegates? Are they now obligated to vote for Sen. McCain? Or, as one commenter pointed posited, do they, in effect, become GOP Super Delegates?


Posted by: MatthewCraft | February 14, 2008 2:12 PM

I don't know if pledged delegates can all switch from Romney to McCain -- some States require pledged delegates to vote for the candidate they are pledged to until the 2nd or 3rd ballot -- should be interesting to see what Huckabee does.

Posted by: JakeD | February 14, 2008 2:10 PM

It is symbolic, albeit still beyond my comprehension:

Obama vs. McCain- And the winner is...

Posted by: davidmwe | February 14, 2008 2:08 PM

What's one more flip for flopping Mitt?

Posted by: boyson | February 14, 2008 2:08 PM

I suppose it's nice of him, and all but it really doesn't make all that much difference does it? Once these delegates are released, aren't they free to vote for Huckabee if they want? Don't they, in effect, become Republican super delegates?

Posted by: anon99 | February 14, 2008 2:06 PM

Ummm...who else could he endorse?

Posted by: ajlerner1 | February 14, 2008 2:04 PM

So, he's going to endorse McCain, huh?
Gee, Mitt, didn't you only just "suspend" your failed campaign?
I think that means it's O-V-E-R, campaign-wise, for Mr. Phony Stuffed-Shirt Romney.
Somehow, I think McCain, while smiling on the outside, is going to be cringing at any endorsement from Willard.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | February 14, 2008 2:02 PM

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