Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Photo: AP/Ric Francis

Grist relies on the support of generous readers like you. Donate today to keep our climate news free. All donations matched!

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger officially endorsed fellow Republican John McCain today in the presidential race. The announcement, held at a solar-energy company in California, is expected to aid McCain’s campaign in the same way an earlier endorsement from green-leaning Florida Gov. Charlie Crist seemed to have played a role in McCain’s win in that state earlier this week. Schwarzenegger cited McCain’s green credentials in his endorsement, saying, “[H]e’s a crusader, and has a great vision, in protecting the environment and also protecting, simultaneously, the economy.” Not missing an opportunity to appeal to voters, McCain said at the event, “Governor Schwarzenegger, I commit to you, you and I and all of the others who are concerned about our globe, not just our states … [will] hand our children a cleaner planet.”

Grist thanks its sponsors. Become one.