McCain Wins Schwarzenegger Nod

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed Arizona Senator John McCain for the Republican nomination for president Thursday, commending McCain on his efforts to build a strong environmental policy that remains focused on economic growth.

Making the announcement on the grounds of Solar Integrated, a California company that produces solar roofing panels, Schwarzenegger, McCain and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani toured the facility before the announcement and were introduced by the companies owner.

Schwarzenegger praised the company’s efforts to make green technology profitable and McCain’s bi-partisan efforts in pushing for policies that support the environment and the economy.

“The future is clean technology, energy independence and green investment” said Schwarzenegger.

“I think that Senator McCain has proven over and over again that he is reaching across the aisle to get things done. There are people out there who talk about reaching across the aisle, but he has shown the action, over and over again,” he continued.

Schwarzenegger also emphasized the need to reduce trade barriers, discussing the companies numerous foreign customers and the need for American business to sell innovative, environmentally friendly technology overseas.

Working to build a coalition among moderates like Schwarzenegger, McCain has been the subject of scathing rhetoric from conservative media pundits like Rush Limbaugh who see his bi-partisan efforts as an affront to conservative values.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has focused on McCain’s record in a similar fashion; criticizing his efforts to work with Democrats on issues like immigration, campaign finance reform and the environment.

Despite the critics within his own party, the endorsement will come as another strong boost for McCain going into Super Tuesday where California’s winner take all system could very well solidify his nomination.

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