Howard Baker endorses John McCain

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker has endorsed John McCain for president.

Baker was influential in convincing fellow Tennessean Fred Thompson to run and was an honorary national chair on his campaign.

Baker, who ran unsuccessfully for president in 1980, was also Ronald Reagan's chief of staff and recently served as the U.S. ambassador to Japan.

In a statement released Saturday, McCain said Baker gave up his own political aspirations to join Reagan's staff and guided the president's tax cuts during the 1980s. McCain pledged to continue the Reagan tradition that Baker served.

A spokesman for Baker said the former Tennessee senator would make a statement later.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by chris on Jan 28, 2008 at 01:33 PM
    McCain is still ready to implement his amnesty plan he pushed in the Senate. He is part of the problem in Washington. A new face is needed. Romney is the man who can get the illegal alien mess on the way to being solved and the financial issues we face is one he can handle.
  • by Chris Location: Dandridge, TN on Jan 27, 2008 at 04:18 PM
    If Thompson's recent campaign was any indication, this doesn't bode well for McCain in spite of Baker's past accomplishments.
  • by John Location: Huntsville on Jan 26, 2008 at 10:18 PM
    I don't know that it really matters because I'm voting for Obama. It's time we get rid of this outsider mentality that sets us in the Stone Age.


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