Bush to Endorse McCain

By Ed O'Keefe

Mar 4, 2008 9:43pm

ABC News’ John Berman and Jennifer Duck Report: Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., who clinched the Republican nomination with clean sweep of wins in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont on Tuesday, will visit the White House on Wednesday.

There, according to sources close to the McCain, the Republican Senator will receive the endorsement of President George W. Bush.

Bush and McCain — rivals in an often bitter 2000 presidential campaign — will have lunch together and then make a joint statement at 1pm ET, according to a senior administration official.

According to a count by the Associated Press, McCain has reached 1,191 delegates, the magic number to secure the Republican nomination.

McCain’s most significant remaining rival — former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee — dropped out of the presidential race on Tuesday night.

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz contributed to this report.

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