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President Endorses McCain

Posted March 5, 2008

— President Bush endorsed Republican nominee-in-waiting John McCain on Wednesday, two bitter rivals from
the 2000 presidential race joining together now in hopes of preventing Democrats from winning the White House this fall.

"John showed incredible courage, strength of character and perseverance in order to get to this moment and that's exactly what we need in a president - somebody who can handle the tough decisions, somebody who won't flinch in the face of danger," Bush said, appearing with McCain in the Rose Garden.

Bush's embrace of the Arizona senator as the party's next standard-bearer comes a day after McCain clinched the GOP nomination by getting the requisite 1,191 convention delegates.

Republicans won't officially nominate McCain until early September at the GOP's national convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

"A while back I don't think many people would have thought that John McCain would be here as the nominee of the Republican Party," Bush said. "Except he knew he'd be here and so did his wife, Cindy."

With his low poll ratings and an unpopular war on his shoulders, Bush could hurt McCain with some groups, while helping with others.

"They're not going to be voting for me," the president said. "I've had my time in the Oval Office."

"It's not about me," Bush said. "I've done my bit."

McCain said he looked forward to campaigning with Bush at his side and said the president could be helpful in states such as Texas.


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  • now Mar 6, 2008

    Unlike the 90's, have we been attacked since 9-11?

    I rest my case.

  • davidgnews Mar 6, 2008

    "now" is apparently living in a mythical world. Enjoy your Kool-Aid(tm).

    The world is no safer, thanks to Bush and his masters (which are your masters).

  • now Mar 6, 2008

    There are very few people that wake up every day of their lives to trash the President of the United States and live to do that. There are alot of people that have the sense to see that President Bush has protected our National Security, created a good economy ( until election year when the Liberal media decides we are close to a recession with a Republican President) and he has fought off the constant attack by the Democratic Party that wants defeat in the war on terror. This endorsement is traditional and I for one think it will help McCain. With McCain's Liberal leanings, anything can help especially if Hillary wins the Democratic nomination.

  • Libandproud Mar 5, 2008

    Oh, the irony of Bush endorsing a presidential candidate. What's next, Jeffrey Dahhmer recommending a restaurant? Michael Jackson suggesting a day care center? Michael Vick advocating a pet shop? (and here's one for the Republicans) Ted Kennedy advertising a driving school?

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  • davidgnews Mar 5, 2008

    "....and that's exactly what we need in a president - somebody who can handle the tough decisions, somebody who won't flinch in the face of danger," Bush said, ..."

    He said as he was flanked by tight security.

    It wouldn't be different for anyone else in that position, but really ... those guys are seldom, if ever, in 'the face of danger.' If that's the criteria, then we have plenty of troops in Iraq that are qualified.

  • Through a glass darkly Mar 5, 2008

    McCain has it tough right now. He needs the endorsement of the Lou Dobbs'es out there rather than Bush. He has to quickly get the conservatives in line before he moves to the center for the general election. It will be interesting to see how he does it.

  • cadetsfan Mar 5, 2008

    I hope Bush knows it would probably be best for him to endorse and get out of the way. I can't imagine Bush would get McCain any votes, if anything he'd drive some away.

  • enoughsenough Mar 5, 2008

    Can we say between a rock and a hard place?