During his introduction, Romney was more sharp, saying Obama “is not ready for the leadership of our country at such a critical time.”
The former governor also led a chorus of mutual praise between the two rivals, who clashed sharply during the Michigan primary — which Romney won — and in a rematch in Florida — which provided a decisive win for McCain.
Romney, a potential running mate, described his recent weekend visit to McCain’s Sedona, Ariz., ranch along with Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. He said the senator was a master griller who also identified 57 different types of birds on the ranch.
“This is a wonderful man who I’ve come to know on a personal basis, and I commend him to you as a wonderful father and friend. He’s also what America needs right now,” Romney said.
McCain also labeled Romney “a wonderful family man” and said of his wife, “We have all grown to love Ann Romney.”
The senator added: “We ran a tough campaign. We ran an honorable campaign. And I am honored, deeply honored, by his friendship and support.”
On Thursday, McCain was returning to New Hampshire, where he bested Romney in the nation’s first presidential primary, for a townhall meeting in Nashua.