|01-23-2008, 03:21 PM||#1|
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Stormin' Norman to endorse McCain
Schwarzkopf to endorse McCain
By: Mike Allen
Jan 23, 2008 06:37 AM EST
Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the heavily decorated Gulf War commander,
will endorse Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday, a Republican source said.
McCain is stumping in Florida and Schwarzkopf is in Colorado. But the general
is likely to appear on the campaign trail with McCain soon.
The surprise announcement comes just six days ahead of the presidential
primaries in Florida, which has heavy concentrations of military families and
McCain could become the Republican front-runner if he is able to ward off his
two chief opponents, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
The endorsement of one military man by another will carry a flood of heavy
media coverage in a huge state where it’s tough and expensive for campaigns
to reach voters.
Schwarzkopf, known as 'Stormin' Norman' for his Persian Gulf heroics and his
theatrical (sometimes bombastic) personality, lived in Florida after he retired
from the Army in 1991, following Operation Desert Shield and Operation
Desert Storm. His autobiography, “It Doesn’t Take a Hero,” was a bestseller.