The McCain campaign just announced that Gary Bauer has endorsed John McCain. Bauer is the onetime president of the Family Research Council, founder of the Campaign for Working Families PAC, former presidential candidate, and an enthusiastic supporter of traditional marriage and turning over Roe v. Wade.
His endorsement should help soothe some of the conservative rebellion against what seems like McCain’s inevitable path to the Republican presidential nomination. It also seems like a bit of a blow to Mike Huckabee, whose wins this weekend were a sign of support from social conservatives. Huckabee had just earned the endorsement of James Dobson.
Here’s the release:
John McCain thanked Mr. Bauer for his support, stating, “I have long admired Gary’s commitment and passion for our shared pro-life and pro-family values. Gary has always been a forceful, unapologetic advocate for the sanctity of life and traditional marriage, judicial restraint and a strong American foreign policy based on our values. I am honored to have Gary Bauer’s support, and his advice and counsel will be critical as we continue to bring our Party together for victory in November.”