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Chair of Sept. 11 commission backs McCain, not Giuliani, for president

Chair of Sept. 11 commission backs McCain, not Giuliani, for president

The chairman of the panel that examined the United States' security before Sept. 11, 2001, and the aftermath of the terrorist attacks announced Monday he was endorsing John McCain _ and not former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani _ for president.
Former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, a Republican like Giuliani and McCain, said the senator's blend of congressional, military and foreign affairs experience left him the best equipped of the Republican candidates to serve in the White House.
"To the extent that we've been less vulnerable to attacks that we suffered on 9/11, it's in a large part due to the extraordinary leadership of John McCain," Kean said.
Giuliani, who was mayor during the Sept. 11 attacks, has said his executive and crisis management skills make him the most qualified.
McCain noted that Kean joins a group of supporters that includes former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and four former secretaries of state.
Giuliani told reporters, "There are a lot of Republicans, I'm not going to get all the votes or all the endorsements."


Updated : 2021-10-25 23:53 GMT+08:00