McCain Defends Geithner: Give Him A Chance To Succeed

04/20/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

An unlikely figure has come to the defense of embattled Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner: Sen. John McCain.

Geithner "should be given a chance to succeed," McCain said on Friday, according to the Financial Times, which notes that the former presidential candidate was one of the few Republican senators to support Geithner's nomination, and likely the first to "speak up in Mr Geithner's defence amid growing calls for his resignation."

"Everyone acknowledges he needs help," said Mr McCain, in reference to the Obama administration's difficulty in recruiting nominees to the Treasury department, where Mr Geithner remains the only official to have been confirmed.