ABC News’ Bret Hovell Reports: Senator John McCain received the endorsement Tuesday of former first lady Nancy Reagan at her home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Reagan, 86, walked into her driveway slowly, holding onto McCain’s arm.
"I’m very pleased and honored to have the opportunity again to be with Mrs. Reagan and to receive her endorsement for the nomination of my party, and for president of the United States," McCain said.
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The support of Reagan, the widow of the 40th President Ronald Reagan, was highly coveted during the Republican primary, when most of the candidates running tried regularly to cloak themselves in the Reagan mantle.
McCain, R-Ariz., has been no exception, saying regularly on the stump that he was a "foot-soldier in the Reagan Revolution," and referring to his desire to get so-called "Reagan democrats" to cross over and support his candidacy.
Nancy Reagan’s staff advised that the first lady would not be making any remarks, but as she stood arm in arm with McCain in her driveway, she did jump in to answer a question about the timing of her endorsement.
"Ronnie and I always waited until everything was decided and then we endorsed," she said, patting McCain on the arm. "Well obviously this is the nominee of the party."