Mitt Romney Endorses John McCain for Republican Nomination, Releases Delegates

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 14, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 14,

Washington, DC ( — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made it official on Thursday saying he now supports Sen. John McCain’s bid for the party’s nomination. Romney also released his delegates and urged them to back the Arizona senator in order to rally the party around his candidacy.

"I am honored today to give my full support" to John McCain, Romney said. "I’m asking my delegates to vote for Senator McCain at the convention."

McCain said he appreciated the support and pointed out that he and the Democratic candidates have key differences on issues

In releasing the delegates, Romney’s help could move McCain much closer to the 1,191 delegates he needs to wrap up the nomination.

Romney secured the support of 280 delegates and McCain began the day with 843 delegates compared to 242 for Huckabee, the only major candidate left in the race.

Should all of Romney’s delegates ultimately support McCain, he would still be short of the number of delegates needed to become the official GOP nominee, but it would be mathematically virtually impossible for Huckabee to overtake McCain.

With McCain as the nominee, there would be a clear contrast between him and either of the Democratic candidates on the issue of abortion.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both strongly support unlimited abortion paid for at taxpayer expense and have promised to only appoint Supreme Court judges who will keep all abortions legal for another 35 years.

They will likely face Arizona Sen. John McCain, who has a solid voting record opposing abortion and has called for both overturning Roe v. Wade and judges who would be more likely to do so.

Two leading pro-abortion groups, NARAL and Planned, have already attacked McCain for opposing abortion and give him a 96 and 100 percent pro-life voting record on abortion, respectively.