Former GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain will endorse Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential candidate, Fox News reported Wednesday.
Romney sought to distinguish his record from that of the GOP senator, who was his rival in the 2008 presidential race, in an appearance on Fox & Friends earlier Wednesday morning.
“I do want people to recall that four years ago, Mike Huckabee and I were the conservative alternatives to John McCain, Rudy Giuliani,” Romney said. “I still got the same positions on the issues I had four years ago... and my positions are pretty darn conservative.”
But, Romney said, a McCain endorsement would be “big” as heads to New Hampshire in advance of next week’s primary. “John McCain, of course, is beloved in many parts of the country, particularly New Hampshire. Some call him Mr. New Hampshire,” Romney said.
McCain plans to travel to New Hampshire this week to make the endorsement, according to a senior GOP official familiar with McCain’s schedule.