McDonnell will endorse McCain for re-election
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.
February 23, 2010; 2:54 PM ET
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