Charlotte businessman Mark Erwin, a friend and supporter of former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, says he is supporting Republican Sen. John McCain in the presidential election.
Erwin, who backed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary, said he did not think Sen. Barack Obama was sufficiently seasoned to be president, reports Rob Christensen.
“I'm supporting (McCain) because I think our country needs somebody who has the depth of experience, proven talent and lots of leadership training,” Erwin said.
“Sen. Obama doesn't have any of those things. I think Joe Biden had it right when he said, 'Some day he will be ready, but he's not ready now.'”
Erwin was a fundraiser and golfing partner of former President Bill Clinton. Clinton named him ambassador to three islands of the east coast of Africa.
Erwin said he met with McCain in Atlanta last week and agreed to back him.
Erwin said he believed this was the first time he had agreed to support a Republican presidential candidate, although he said he has supported Republicans such as U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick of Charlotte.