Rell backs McCain in GOP presidential race

(AP) - Arizona Sen. John McCain has won the endorsement of popular Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell for the Republican presidential nomination.

The popular Connecticut governor says McCain is a longtime friend who would be the most effective leader to grapple with national security, the economy, energy, the environment and trade policy.

Rell chose McCain over two neighboring contenders, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

She is the second statewide elected official to back McCain.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with Democrats in the Senate, also has endorsed McCain.

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