Romney: Why I'm Backing McCain

Monday, 08 Mar 2010 07:33 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Mitt Romney disagrees with radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s claim that Romney made a grave error in endorsing Sen. John McCain over more conservative former Rep. J.D. Hayworth in the Arizona Republican primary.

Editor's Note: See Mitt Romney talk about John McCain below

“I find it hard to disagree with Rush Limbaugh on topics, but on this one I do,” Romney tells Newsmax.TV.

“I know Senator McCain. I think his experience in the military, in the Senate, and the wisdom and judgment he has developed over a lifetime is something we need in the Senate.

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“I think it serves our country well. I also believe that it’s essential that we win the general election and send a Republican back to Washington. I think Senator McCain has by far the best prospects of being re-elected senator from Arizona, rather than somebody who would be new to the scene.”

Romney acknowledges that backing McCain against Hayworth may displease conservatives and cost him politically. But he defended his position:

“I’m very much in favor of doing what’s right for the country. It may not be right for me politically, but we face such challenges right now. It’s time for people to do what they think is right for the country and to spend less time worrying about what may or may not be good for them politically.”

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