Mitt Romney endorsed one-time rival John McCain this afternoon, calling him "capable of leading the country at a dangerous hour."
"This is a man who served and suffered for his country," Romney said at his former headquarters in Boston's North End.
The two traded some tough barbs during the campaign and appeared to have personal enmity, and both seemed to acknowledge that history in the press conference.
"This isn't my first joint appearance with Senator McCain, but it promises to be the most pleasurable," said Romney, saying that things can get heated during a campaign.
"Primaries are tough," said McCain, thanking Romney for running a hard but honorable campaign that made him a better candidate. "...Now we move forward together for the good of our party and our country."
Romney introduced the Arizona senator as "the next president of the United States."
The two will campaign together and Romney will help him draw stark differences with the Democratic nominee on taxes, healthcare, and terrorism, McCain said.
Romney urged his 280 delegates to support McCain, who would get very close to the 1,191 needed to clinch the nomination if they all go along with Romney's wishes.
Mike Huckabee said that he is not convinced that all of Romney's delegates will support McCain, and suggested many will support him.
Huckabee said on CNN that he did not actively seek Romney's endorsement, and downplayed its significance.
"There's a lot of, 'Me, too,' going on now in the Republican Party," Huckabee said. "There's still a lot of Republicans around the country who have yet to vote."
He said as long as his supporters want him to stay in the race and promote conservative principles, he plans to do so until the nomination threshold is reached.
"It's not just out of stubborness," he said.
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