From his statement:
"Today we are living in a time of war, a new and vastly more complex time
of war. We also have more important challenges at home, chief among them, we
clearly need to address those parts of our economy that demand attention. And at
this critical time in history, the key point I want to make is the United States
of America cannot be permitted to falter. Part of our Republican creed is a
prevailing sense of duty. In the coming election, we do not have the luxury of
taking a pass on our unique role and responsibilities in the world. And the
indisputable fact that unites the greatest number of Republicans, most
independents and many good Democrats is the fact that no one is better prepared
to lead our nation at these trying times than Senator John McCain.
"As someone who also helped lead our great Party at the RNC and later as President, I believe now is the right time for me to help John in his effort to start building the broad-based coalition it will take for our conservative values to carry the White House this fall. His character was forged in the crucible of war. His commitment to America is beyond any doubt. But most importantly, he has the right values and experience to guide our nation forward at this historic moment. So I am very proud to endorse John McCain for the presidency for the United States of America. Few men walking among us have sacrificed so much in the cause of human freedom, and I am happy to help this remarkable patriot carry our Party's banner forward."