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McDonnell will endorse McCain for re-election

Anita Kumar

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will endorse Arizona Sen. John McCain in his primary battle with former congressman J.D. Hayworth, advisers to the governor say.

McCain asked McDonnell to support him and the governor said yes. The 2008 presidential nominee, who is being portrayed by some critics as too moderate, undoubtedly hopes McDonnell can help him in conservative circles.

"Senator John McCain is a leader of character, courage and principle, and I am proud to support him," McDonnell said in a statement provided to the McCain campaign. "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. These are the principles that Senator McCain fights for every day, and we need him now more than ever in the United States Senate."

McCain campaigned for McDonnell last year, helping him raise money at a series of fundraisers and holding a veterans rally for him in vote-rich Hampton Roads.

Former presidential rival Mitt Romney endorsed McCain earlier today. Sarah Palin, McCain's vice presidential runningmate, endorsed him and will campaign for McCain on March 26.

By Anita Kumar  |  February 23, 2010; 2:54 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , John McCain , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Time for an age limit in Congress -- no one 75 and over need apply, anyone 75 or older must retire. Too many in Congress, especially in the Senate, are too old or ill to do their job, to show up for work on a daily basis, like most American citizens do.

Posted by: ccs53 | February 23, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Why in the world would Bobby Mac endorse a U.S. Senate race in Arizona? Maybe Bobby should stop worrying too much about the national stage and get to work at his real job.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | February 24, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Why would mac endorse / care about an AZ senate race? Because he must know the backlash that would happen if someone like JD Hayworth were to take his seat, and besides he's an old friend of mccains so why not. Just adding to the list of McCain endless support!

Posted by: mld678 | February 24, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Is VA's McDonnell going to endorse Charlie Christ in Florida and Olympia Snowe in Maine? I'm sure Arlen Specter, PA could use a hand up, too.
Oh, wait! Arlen has already jumped over to the Dems and shown the world who he is, hasn't he?
That's right, Republicans! Keep on making the same stupid mistakes OVER and OVER and OVER! McCain and Lindsey Graham stopped George Bush's conservative program when the Republicans had the majority in both House and Senate. He did it for his own political benefit and positioned himself to be OUR VOICE TO THE COUNTRY IN '08. Tell me, how'd that work out for ya?
He now is campaigning as a conservative! Please! It makes me want to gag. He is lining up the endorsements of people who feel they owe him. I just hope Arizona can remember...

Posted by: trevithick | February 24, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

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