07/27/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Mitt Romney: McCain's "Wingman Extraordinaire"

It was not so long ago that the idea that Senator John McCain would even entertain tapping Mitt Romney, his bitterest primary rival, as his running mate would have seemed preposterous, rating at least 7.0 on the strange-bedfellows scale.

The McCain-Romney feud was the juiciest of the Republican primary season, featuring two men who generally just did not seem to like each other. Mr. Romney said Mr. McCain would set a "liberal Democrat course as president." He said that one of Mr. McCain's proudest accomplishments, his campaign finance bill, took "a whack at the First Amendment," and told voters grappling with money woes that Mr. McCain "has said time and again that he doesn't understand the economy." Mr. McCain, for his part, witheringly cast Mr. Romney as a flip-flopper.

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