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Alfonse D'Amato Backs McCain

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When Fred Thompson dropped out of the race on Tuesday there was lots of speculation on who he might endorse, with most bets focusing on John McCain with Rudy Giuliani in second place. Thompson is being cagey and hasn't endorsed anyone yet, and may not make a pick until next month. In the meantime, one of his most influential backers has made his endorsement which may make a great deal more difference than what happens with Thompson's paltry eight delegates.

Back in June when Thompson was a promising dark horse undeclared candidate he got the endorsement of highly respected former three-term New York Senator Alfonse D'Amato. When Thompson dropped out of the race D'Amato wasted no time endorsing Senator John McCain in the Republican primary.

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