Friday, February 1, 2008


U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today announced that former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar has endorsed John McCain for president.

"We live in a time of great uncertainty. Our economy is teetering on the edge of a major setback. Terrorists continue to threaten our American way of life," said Governor Edgar. "In these uncertain times, we need leadership we can trust. We need leadership that is guided by principle, not political expediency. We need John McCain. He is the only leader with a consistent record of standing up for what is right, not just what's easy. I am proud to announce that John McCain has my full support, and I look forward to working with him to ensure his success on February 5th."

John McCain thanked Governor Edgar for his support, saying, "Jim's tireless public service has made a positive difference in Illinois. He earned a reputation for fiscal discipline and exemplified the strong character and values that make our country great. I am proud to have him as a member of our team, and I know that his support will go a long way toward ensuring victory on February 5th."

Governor Edgar served as Governor from 1991-1999. In 1994, he was reelected Governor by the largest margin in Illinois history. Prior to being elected the 38th Governor of Illinois, Jim Edgar served 10 years as the Illinois Secretary of State. Governor Edgar and his wife Brenda have two grown children. The Edgars reside in Champaign County.

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