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"It's with some nostalgia that I return to this place that I loved so well. But I'm really here for one reason and one reason only, and that is to make sure that we make Mitt Romney the next president of the United States of America" - Sen. John McCain
MANCHESTER, N.H.. -- Senator John McCain, who bitterly competed with Mitt Romney before beating him for the 2008 GOP nomination, today endorsed the former Massachusetts governor in his 2012 bid.
The senator from Arizona, winner of the New Hampshire primary in 2000 and 2008, entered with Romney as “Top Gun” theme music blared loudly over the speakers. One song, Romney hopes, is not an omen: “Highway to the Danger Zone.”
McCain was a naval pilot in the Vietnam War before he was captured and imprisoned in North Vietnam’s infamous Hanoi Hilton.
He became known as a master of the retail politicking of the Granite State during his presidential campaigns, attending hundreds of events at VFW halls, cafes, and voters’ living rooms. His win in the 2008 primary here resurrected his candidacy.
Romney, fresh off an 8-vote win over Rick Santorum in the Iowa caucuses, holds a commanding lead in the polls in New Hampshire, where he has a summer home and has based much of his campaign.
Santorum, a fiscal and social conservative, took a jab at the McCain endorsement: ‘‘John is a more moderate member of the Republican team, and I think he fits in with Mitt’s view of the world.’’
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