McCain Won’t Back Crist As Independent: ‘I Support Republicans’

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is backing away from his support for Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL), saying that he will not continue to support Crist’s Senate bid if Crist were to leave the GOP and run as an independent.

The Hill asked McCain if he would still support Crist as an independent. “No,” McCain replied. Pressed further, McCain only added: “I support Republicans.”

McCain endorsed Crist last year, when Crist first got into the race and seemed to be unbeatable. Crist previously endorsed McCain for McCain in the run-up to the 2008 Florida primary, helping to deliver that big victory to McCain.a