McCain endorses Moran for Senate bid

U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran’s campaign for a Senate seat says it has scored an endorsement from Sen. John McCain — of Arizona and the GOP’s unsuccessful nominee for president last year.

“I’m proud to endorse my friend Jerry Moran in his candidacy for U.S. Senate. Moran has a proven record of fiscal responsibility. He has stood up to irresponsible spending on both sides of the aisle and is not afraid to oppose wasteful earmarks that cheat the American taxpayer,” McCain said in a statement released by Moran’s campaign. “With government spending levels reaching record highs and trust in Washington, D.C., reaching record lows, we need a leader of courage and integrity like Jerry Moran to help get our country back on track.”

Moran, a Kansas University graduate from Hays whose House district includes most of western and central Kansas, will face U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, in the GOP primary in August 2010.

“Sen. John McCain is an inspiration to countless Kansans and our entire nation. His courage and valor make him one of America’s true heroes. He is a man who has truly put his country first against all odds,” Moran said. “His strong endorsement for my candidacy is very humbling and gives our campaign great momentum in the months ahead.”

Moran has also received endorsements from several other senators: Jim DeMint, South Carolina; Richard Burr, North Carolina; John Thune, South Dakota; Tom Coburn, Oklahoma; and Mike Johanns, Nebraska.

Tiahrt has earned endorsements from former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, former Rep. Jim Ryun, former education secretary Bill Bennett and Kansans for Life.