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Last updated February 23, 2010 10:53 a.m. PT

Romney backs former rival McCain for re-election
By GLEN JOHNSON
AP POLITICAL WRITER


BOSTON -- Mitt Romney is endorsing former rival John McCain as the 2008
Republican presidential nominee fights to keep his Senate seat.

Romney said in a statement Tuesday the Arizona senator's "record of service and
sacrifice for America is honored by all." The former Massachusetts governor added,
"It's hard to imagine the U.S. Senate without John McCain."

McCain replied: "Gov. Romney is among the brightest and most dynamic leaders in
our party, and I am proud to have his support."

Just two years removed from being his party's titular leader, McCain is facing a
Republican primary challenge from former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth. He complains
McCain has supported big government spending and betrayed conservative values
with his support for immigration reform.
                                                                                      Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
Hayworth represented an Arizona House district for six terms before losing a re-      addresses the Conservative Political Action
election bid in 2006. He went on to work as a talk-radio host, giving him a bully     Conference (CPAC), in Washington, Thursday,
                                                                                      Feb. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
pulpit to air his views.

McCain and Romney clashed bitterly in the race for the 2008 GOP nomination, especially before the Michigan and
Florida primaries. After McCain pulled ahead, Romney not only endorsed him but energetically campaigned for him and
dispatched top aides to help with fundraising and campaign strategy.

Yet even before McCain lost the general election to Democrat Barack Obama, Romney began laying the groundwork for
a second White House campaign. He established a so-called leadership PAC so he could travel the country and dispense
campaign contributions to like-minded politicians. He has also written a book - being released next week - that analyzes
what he sees as faults in the Obama administration and his prescription for curing the nation's ills.

McCain's former vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, also has endorsed him. She and Romney are potential
rivals in the 2012 presidential race.




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