John McCain is a patriot and devoted conservative leader,” said Former Governor Jeb Bush. “Like no other candidate in the field, John McCain has made tremendous sacrifices for this nation. He is beholden to no interest other than that of the public good. He is determined and steadfast in his commitment to reducing the burden of high taxes, restoring the people’s trust in their government, and winning the war against radical Islamic extremists. It is with pride that I announce my endorsement of John McCain for president.”
http://race42008.com/2008/02/11/endorsement-jeb-bush-endorses-john-mccain/ Brett Passmore 2-11-2008
McCain – 12 states, 709 delegates
Romney- 11 states, 269 delegates
Huckabee – 6 states, 170 delegates
Ron Paul – 0 states, 16 delegates
1,191 delegates needed out of 2,381.
The Huckabee campaign has called for a “full investigation” into the Washington State Caucus results, and are sending campaign lawyers to the state to help in that pursuit.
“The chairman showed very bad judgement in stopping the voting last night when announcing John McCain had won, when there was less that a 200 vote margin between the two candidates,” Ed Rollins, Huckabee campaign chairman.
http://embeds.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/02/10/fox-exclusive-huckabee-campaign-calls-for-full-investigation-on-washington-state-results/ Fin Gomez 2-10-2008
“This is no longer about past preferences or differences. It is about what is best for our country and for me that means that Republican should close ranks behind John McCain,” Thompson said in a statement reported by the Associated Press.
http://race42008.com/2008/02/09/fred-thompson-officially-endorses-mccain/ 2-9-2008 Kavon W. Nikrad
Rep. Ron Paul is ending his presidential bid to focus on his House reelection campaign. Ron Paul has represented Texas’ 14th Congressional District since 1996.
http://race42008.com/2008/02/09/breaking-ron-paul-to-end-presidential-run/ Kavon W. Nikrad 2-9-2008
In a message to supporters sent just before 11 p.m. Friday night, Representative Ron Paul, a long-shot G.O.P. candidate from Texas, basically conceded that he’s not going to win the party’s nomination.
That said, he’s scaling back his campaign — but not entirely.
With Romney gone, the chances of a brokered convention are nearly zero. But that does not affect my determination to fight on, in every caucus and primary remaining, and at the convention for our ideas, with just as many delegates as I can get. But with so many primaries and caucuses now over, we do not now need so big a national campaign staff, and so I am making it leaner and tighter.
Mr. Paul clearly stated that he will not run as a third-party candidate. Right now, his priorities are serving the residents in his Texas congressional district and winning re-election.
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/09/paul-concedes-race-sort-of/ Ariel Alexovich 2-9-2008
WASHINGTON (AP) – John McCain effectively sealed the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday as chief rival Mitt Romney suspended his faltering presidential campaign. “I must now stand aside, for our party and our country,” Romney told conservatives.
“If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror,” Romney told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8ULKMVO0&show_article=1 Liz Sidoti 2-7-2008
“The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine,” Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), also a senior member of the Appropriations panel, told the Boston Globe recently. “He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”
A former colleague says McCain’s abrasive nature would, at minimum, make his relations with Republicans on Capitol Hill uneasy if he were to become president. McCain could find himself the victim of Republicans who will not go the extra mile for him on legislative issues because of past grievances.
“John was very rough in the sandbox,” said former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who is outspoken in his opposition to McCain’s candidacy. “Everybody has a McCain story. If you work in the Senate for a while, you have a McCain story. . . . He hasn’t built up a lot of goodwill.” Both men back Romney for president.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/03/AR2008020303242.html Paul Kane 2-4-2008