Well, now that Rudy Giuliani dropped out of the race, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) decided to endorse McCain yesterday, saying, “It’s all Rudy’s fault. They both have been very supportive of me, two men that I admire very much — great, great public servants, great heroes — and so I felt like it was better to stay out of it. But when I saw Mayor Giuliani, my dear friend, discontinuing his campaign and endorsing Senator McCain, I felt it was the time for me also to come out and to endorse Senator McCain.”
He went on to say that McCain has not been afraid to reach across the aisle in order to “get things done.” He said that there “are people out there that talk about reaching across the aisle, but [McCain] has shown the action over and over again. He’s also a crusader to end wasteful spending in Washington, which is so important; and he’s a crusader, has a great vision, in protecting the environment and also protecting the economy.”
After McCain and Schwarzenegger embraced, Schwarzenegger said that McCain is “a role model and guide to millions of Americans and people throughout the world.”
Romney responded by saying that he and McCain are fighting for the “heart and soul of the Republican Party,” while criticizing McCain’s “leadership for liberal causes.” He continued on saying, “This is very different than the Republican Party that elected Ronald Reagan. We stand together on the war in Iraq, [but] on the other issues I’ve described we’re quite far apart. That distinction is what will, in the final analysis, be my best weapon in a battle to the finish.”
This is a HUGE help for McCain, but what will essentially seal it up for McCain is a win in Maine. As I said in my prediction (https://inkslwc.wordpress.com/2008/02/01/maine-republican-caucus-prediction-paul-romney-mccain-oh-my/) it’s a tossup between Romney, McCain, and Paul, but based on fundraising results in key areas and campaign activity in the state, I think Romney will wind up winning. If he does win, it gives him a slight boost for California, so who knows (the results from Maine will be in on Sunday).
We’ll have to see, but if McCain does pull off a California win, he’s got the nomination guaranteed.
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