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Associated Press, Published February 25 2010

Pawlenty backs McCain's re-election bid

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he supports Arizona Sen. John McCain's re-election bid in the face of the former presidential nominee's Republican primary challenge.

Pawlenty was asked Thursday if he's in McCain's camp and said simply, ``I am.' Pawlenty, a possible 2012 presidential candidate, had a prominent role in McCain's 2008 national campaign.

Former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth is competing with McCain for the GOP's Senate nomination.

Other possible White House candidates backing McCain include former Govs. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Sarah Palin of Alaska.