U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign last week announced that Gov. James H. Douglas (R-Vermont) has endorsed John McCain run for the U.S. presidency. "John McCain is a principled leader whose character, judgment and experience make him the best prepared to lead this country on day one," said Douglas. "John McCain is a reformer who is willing to stand up for taxpayers and against the special interests. I am proud to support his candidacy." McCain thanked Douglas for his support, stating, "The people of Vermont are privileged to have Jim leading their state. I am honored to have his support, and I look forward to working with Jim as we continue my campaign for the presidency." Douglas, a resident of Middlebury, has been serving the people of Vermont for more than 30 years, first as state Rrepresentative, then secretary of state, state treasurer, and now Governor. He is currently serving his third term as governor of the state of Vermont. An attempt to draft Douglas as a 2008 presidential candidate failed late last year. Douglas had been silent on the draft effort. Douglas and wife Dorothy have two grown sons, Matthew and Andrew.