Schwarzenegger To Endorse McCain in Los Angeles

Jan 30, 2008 10:05pm

ABC News’ Jake Tapper Reports: At 9:30 am Pacific Time, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sen. John McCain will tour Solar Integrated Technologies in on east Martin Luther King Jr. Bvld in Los Angeles, where Schwarzenegger will endorse McCain.

The McCain campaign had been talking to the governor’s office for over a week about doing an event together in California to discuss environmental and economic issues. But it wasn’t until he learned that former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani was definitely dropping ou .of the race that Schwarzenegger decided to endorse McCain.

A senior Schwarzenegger administration official says "the governor is close to both Giuliani and McCain. When Rudy dropped out it changed the playing field and cleared the way for an endorsement."

The Governor has no plans right now to raise money for McCain or campaign around the state with him, though it’s likely that he will do so, especially since McCain has raised money and campaigned for him.

Gov. Schwarzenegger "has long supported and shared McCain’s vision for protecting the environment, elimating wasteful spending, and fixing our broken immigration system," the official says.

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