We got word today that there's another high-profile Republican coming to town to stump for Senator John McCain, and he's someone who hasn't always been one of "The Maverick's" biggest fan.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will be in town next Friday to campaign for McCain, suggesting that J.D. Hayworth, McCain's GOP primary challenger, is so over-the-top conservative that even Romney -- a staunch conservative who once criticized McCain for his centrist leanings -- won't support him.
Romney and McCain were fierce adversaries in the 2008 GOP presidential primary, with Romney attacking McCain's conservative principles in somewhat the same way Hayworth is criticizing them now.
"We're in a different place on immigration; we're in a different place on campaign reform; we're in a different place on same-sex marriage; we're in a different place on the president's policy on interrogation of detainees," Romney said of McCain and Rudy Giuliani, who was also running in the primary, in 2006.
"I'm a conservative Republican, there's no question about that," he said. "I'm at a different place than the other two."
Romney also had this to say about Arizona's senior senator during that campaign: "If you ask people, 'Look at the three things Senator McCain has done as a senator,' if you want that kind of a liberal Democrat course as president, then you can vote for him," Romney told campaign workers in 2006. "But those three pieces of legislation, those aren't conservative, those aren't Republican, those are not the kind of leadership that we need as we go forward."
McCain hasn't always been a fan of Romney's, either.
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In the primary campaign, McCain made similar, liberal-leaning allegations against Romney.
"The truth is, Mitt Romney was a liberal governor of Massachusetts who raised taxes, imposed with Ted Kennedy a big-government mandate healthcare plan that is now a quarter of a billion dollars in the red, and managed his state's economy incompetently, leaving Massachusetts with less job growth than 46 other states," McCain said during the campaign.
Miraculously, all the political jabs apparently have been forgotten when Hayworth enters the mix.
McCain and Romney will appear together at a town hall meeting in Mesa on June 4. For more information click here.