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Do Sen. McCain's Tweets Hint at a Future Presidential Endorsement?

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, December 8 2011

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has said that he isn't going to endorse any Republican presidential candidate any time soon, but he may have blown his cover with a recent series of tweets.

Though the Arizona senator was mercilessly mocked during his own presidential run for his lack of capabilities on a computer, he (or an assistant) has been a pretty prolific on Twitter.

He provides his followers with updates about media appearances, shares floor statements, points out editorials that he approves or disapproves of, and even highlights his daughter's appearance on MSNBC.

But it turns out that McCain is just as forthright and outspoken on Twitter as he is in person.

In mid-October, for example, he tweeted: "What planet is he on? 'Reid signals government jobs must take priority over private-sector jobs,'" with a link to a blog post in The Hill about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ( D-Nev.)'s fight with Republicans over President Obama's jobs package, which contained a section that would have boosted the number of teachers and first-responders in the country.

In another tweet, McCain called Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank a "Dem mouthpiece," when Milbank wrote a column accusing Arizona Senator John Kyl of deliberately torpedoing any chance of the Super Committee's success.

So it wasn't surprising, then, when POLITICO reporter Alexander Burns noted on Wednesday that McCain had repeatedly mentioned Romney, his former rival on the presidential campaign trail, in a series of Tweets, as you'll see below.

At the same time, The Hill ran a story saying that McCain would probably endorse Romney during the primaries, despite a previous statement that he would stay above the fray.

In addition to issuing a press statement, McCain then denied that on Twitter.

As many political reporters and bloggers note, Romney hit the campaign trail on behalf of McCain after he bowed out of the race in 2008; an endorsement now from McCain would hardly be surprising.

Keep your eyes on Twitter. Maybe he'll do it there.