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McDonnell Endorses McCain

Anita Kumar

Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell officially endorsed John McCain today.

In a letter to supporters, McDonnell, a likely candidate for governor in 2009, encouraged all "Republicans, independents and fair-minded Democrats to join me" in supporting the Arizona senator.

McDonnell, along with former Governor George Allen, served as co-chairman of the Fred Thompson campaign in Virginia. But Thompson dropped out, and in the last several days McCain has been continuing to pick up conservative Republican support in Virginia and elsewhere. That includes Allen and U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor.

"I know there is significant concern with some of John McCain's positions over the years,'' McDonnell wrote in his letter. "I have very much disagreed with some of his views on immigration, energy policy and campaign finance. However, the Republican nominating contest is effectively over. John McCain is going to be our nominee. He will face either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in the general election. The stakes are too high and the differences are too vast, to not do all we can to ensure that John McCain is elected the next President of the United States."

By Anita Kumar  |  February 8, 2008; 6:42 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/President , Election 2009  
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