U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez 's on-again, off-again plans to back John McCain for president is on again, now that McCain's chief Florida rival for the endorsement has relatively little chance of winning here.
Martinez is scheduled to appear here with McCain at the Latin Builder's Association just hours after an appearance by Rudy Giuliani -- who's plummeting in the polls and was battling for the endorsement of Martinez, who couldn't be reached for comment.
McCain's staff confirmed the endorsement. Martinez was scheduled to endorse McCain this week, the Miami Herald first reported, but he backed off under pressure from Giuliani fundraisers who supported Martinez's 2004 senate campaign.
After his first about-face, a prominent McCain backer and Republican operative, Roger Stone, bashed Martinez for being a "Tower of Jell-O'' for failing to support McCain.
"I'm glad he's decided to see the error of his ways and endorse the next president of the United States,'' Stone said.
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