Of course, this results in talk of possible running mates but as for now I’m betting it’s more for the fundraising and campaigning aspects in general. There’s also no coincidence this happened in Salt Lake City, Utah given the high Mormon population that I’m sure McCain would love to secure.
Here’s the report from MyWay:
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – In a show of Republican unity, one-time bitter foes John McCain and Mitt Romney raised money and campaigned together Thursday for a single goal – getting McCain elected president.
“We are united. Now our job is to energize our party,” the Arizona senator said in an airport hangar, flanked by Romney and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., an early McCain supporter. Both have been mentioned as potential vice presidential picks, and McCain praised each.
Romney lauded McCain and promised to do all he can to help, saying: “He is a man who is proven and tested” and without question the right man to be president.
In February, Romney won 90 percent of the vote in Utah to McCain’s 5 percent. Romney’s ties to the state run deep, from his Mormon faith to his work overseeing the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Here’s the video report from ABC News:
The concept of “bitter foes” seems to disintegrate when there’s a chance of a vice presidential nod. Romney has already said he’d accept if offered but I’m not sure he’s exactly what McCain might be looking for or what he absolutely needs to placate conservatives.
Either way, I think Romney campaigning for McCain can only help him with conservatives at this point since he became the conservative “golden boy” of talk radio once it came down to McCain looking like the nominee. I doubt those people will backtrack and criticize Romney.