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BBC NEWS | Americas | Romney will support McCain bid

BBC NEWS | Americas | Romney will support McCain bidLast Updated: Thursday, 14 February 2008, 19:33 GMT

Reports says he will ask the 280 delegates, whose support he won at primary elections during his campaign, to support Mr McCain.”

Romney has decided to endorse McCain and it could happen as early as this afternoon,” said Kevin Madden, a spokesman for Mr Romney.Mr Madden told Reuters the endorsement would take place at around 1600 local time 2100 GMT at Mr Romneys campaign headquarters in Boston.

Mr Romney withdrew his candidacy last week saying that if he continued to fight he would “forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win”.

On Friday, Mr McCain appealed for the support of “dedicated conservatives” in the Republican party, saying he had a responsibility to “unite the party” in preparation for Novembers elections.

One week ago Mitt Romney stood aside in the Republican presidential race. He did it for the sake of party unity that will be needed to effectively defeat the Obama and Clinton campaigns and keep the Democratic Party’s agenda for surrender and economic slowdown out of the White House. I would think this will seal the deal on unity. And as I previously suggested, Mitt Romney might make a good VP choice.

Updated: February 14, 2008 — 12:49 pm

3 Comments

  1. The key word in this update is “ask”. If he fully withdraws from the race those 280 bound delegates have no requirement to follow the bidding of Romney. They could just as easily decide to throw their support behind Huckabee or even a true conservative like Paul.

    It’s becoming more and more likely that the Republican leadership is trying to take whatever steps possible to avoid a brokered convention. Personally, I still hope one happens.

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