February 11th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Jeb Bush gets behind McCain

Jeb Bush formally endorsed McCain Tuesday.
Jeb Bush formally endorsed McCain Tuesday.

(CNN) – Jeb Bush was one of the most sought-after endorsements ahead the presidential primary season. But the former Florida governor stayed neutral, despite reports many of his close associates were gravitating towards Mitt Romney.

Now, Bush has become the latest establishment Republican to formally throw his support behind John McCain. In a statement released by the McCain campaign, he called the Arizona senator a "patriot and devoted conservative leader."

"Like no other candidate in the field, John McCain has made tremendous sacrifices for this nation," said Bush. "He is beholden to no interest other than that of the public good. He is determined and steadfast in his commitment to reducing the burden of high taxes, restoring the people's trust in their government, and winning the war against radical Islamic extremists."

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


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  1. windrider

    Oh gag me, not another Bush in the wings! If the Bush and Clinton families want to establish and maintain dynasties, let them go buy themselves one country apiece and then they can rule as they darned well please until one country nukes the other...in which case we'll be rid of BOTH.

    February 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. mike

    hahahaha!!

    "Jeb Bush"... you guys ever see that comedy central cartoon about bush? Jeb is the retard with downs syndrome!! hAHAHAHA

    February 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Jeanine G

    I gotta believe he's just thrilled to get the backing of another Bush. That name is SOLID GOLD right now...a sure fire way to the White House! *rolling eyes*

    February 11, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. J. Dean, Juno Beach, FLORIDA

    YET ANOTHER OPPORTUNIST IS SURFACING. FOR THE REST OF OUR LIFE IT SEEMS WE WILL BE HEARING THE NAMES OF EITHER "BUSH" OR "CLINTON".
    IS THIS THE WAY WE HAVE TO DEFINE "DEMOCRACY" ? OR IS THIS THE WAY WE HAVE TO FACE THE SAME "EL SIKO" FAMILIES ?
    BOTH FAMILIES MADE ENOUGH MONEY (LEGALLY AND ILLEGALLY, OF COURSE) FAR MORE THAN THEIR NEEDS. WHY DON'T THEIR GIVE SOME TO THE NEEDY PEOPLE. LET US SEE THE OTHER SIDE OF EITHER FAMILIES, OR MAY BE THEIR ARE SO SELFISH AND STINGY THAT THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE NEEDY PEOPLE OF OUR SOCIETY, HEY !

    February 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. David

    Relax Robin, chances are very slim that Jeb Bush will be anything after his very unpopular brother. McCain will get a young republican that compliments his lack of economic concerns and popularity among social conservatives. A good fit is Mitt Romney but I don't think they like each other very much and Mitt doesn't like being No. 2. It doesn't matter a whole lot because I doubt any Republican duo can beat Barack Obama this year.

    February 11, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. GREGORY THEOBALD KLINE

    LIKE HE NEEDS IT. Huckabee's just sticking in to keep the debate alive.

    February 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Dave C - N.J.

    Nice tie, Gomer.

    February 11, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    relax robin lol....jeb bush is not available to be the running mate for McCain, so reports say....but It would be a bad ticket lol

    February 11, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Jonathan, Florida

    No Jeb no!

    I thought you were above this?

    I am truly dissapointed in this endorsement. :o(

    I can't believe the Bush brothers are calling McCain a "true conservative".

    February 11, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. NewPatriot-Arizona

    McCain said ;

    " We will stay the course in Iraq even if it takes 100 more years."

    The choice is clear …… Ron Paul for President 2008 !

    February 11, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. aware

    I like McCain because he is a maverick! He will be a moderate president, and if the Democrats anoint obama, McCain will most certainly be our next president. :)

    Hillary the HOPE of 08

    February 11, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Praetorian, Fort Myers, FL

    Two Bush's endorsements equals= peck of prickly pears for the Arizona boy.

    I don't imagine for a minute that Republicans will rush to fall in line behind either of these two.

    February 11, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Caroline

    Gross.... makes me dislike McCain even more. Bad connections, bad connections...

    February 11, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Alice

    Wowee – lucky McCain!

    I say keep that Bush name connected to McCain – get ALL the Bushes to back him! Maybe they can all appear on TV together – LOL!

    A Democrat (preferably Hillary) is going to win in November anyway, but pushing ANY Bush in our faces right now will ensure that the Republicans REALLY get buried!

    And it certainly is about time! The entire planet has suffered enough for the last eight years.

    February 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Angela

    bucking for a vp spot – saw that one coming....-

    February 11, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. Lisa H., Ann Arbor, MI

    That green tie is fierce.

    February 11, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. WMW

    Bushed again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aristocrats caused a revolution in France and the Ron Paul evolution is in part to the backward or forward move to Socialism and Communism of the liberals and neo-cons like the Bush bunch!

    February 11, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. c

    As long as they are pro-Iraq invasion/occupation they will never win.

    February 11, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Jeb Bush endorsing anything other than some cheap beer is pretty ludicrous. He has about as much political clout as his idiot brother in the White House. Anyone that would accept a 'Bush' endorsement has got to have a political death wish.

    February 11, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. kathe oakland, california

    Jeb, Jeb, Jeb. Are you looking to be VP to McCain????????

    WATCH OUT FOLKS don't let this Bush family throw us our with the bath water along with brother George. NO MORE BUSH in white house – are you joking, my Lord, if that happens................
    ...........................I cannot even think of it. WOW I may have a heart attack – that is AFTER I CAST MY VOTE IN NOVEMBER FOR O B A M A!!!!!!!!

    See Jeb, we know old George has kept you out of the political light when he allowed such an awful event as Katrina – where were you? You too were speechless, how could you enter race of anything after that failed Presidential care for his fellow Americans and, now that old George is going it is your turn again huh.

    I CERTAINLY HOPE, yes I used that word HOPE, I certainly HOPE you are not put in the White House.

    February 11, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. KenZ

    Barack is a loser wearing a costume!

    February 11, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. charles

    I am a very dissapointed in the failure of the state of Washington to make sure that all the votes were properly counted. This is very scary. I hope this is resolved today. I mean, really how hard is it to count 1500 votes? Do it already! If there is a even a question. All the votes should have been counted at least once. Huckabee is not even calling for a recount, just a first count. Why is Washington dragging its feet. Do they have something to hide?
    It seems very strange to me. I think vote minipulation might be a big problem anytime the stakes get high. After all if Huckabee had swept all three states it would be really hard for the Republicans to rally around McCain.
    I also am getting tired of the"Huckabee can't win" theorey, I've heard from most sources of media on the television that he can't win the nomination. The truth is he could easliy keep McCain from getting the delegates he needs. If Huckabee can do this, then he would have a very good chance of winning the nomination. Because the base of the republican party thats in the South pretty much rallys behind the Huckster.
    Its time that the media start reporting truth instead of a spin. It all seems so fishy.

    February 11, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The plan has always been for Jeb Bush to run for president, but George W. Bush's failed policies ruined that opportunity. Bush 41 has tactfully figured out a way to get Jeb in office. GWB endorses McCain and McCain agrees that Jeb will be his VP running mate. McCain does 4 years and Jeb runs for president. People get ready for more Bush's in the White House, only you can stop them.

    February 11, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Pat Canada

    This should be enough for Americans. How clear can McCain make it?
    He is Bush in and Bush out. A Bush Siamese Twin they are joined at the hip!
    Wake up McCain supporters!

    February 11, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. James Martins

    James Martins (GA): Now that Obama is winning all the caucus states, Hillary’s excuse here is that they are dominated by activist. She could say anything to win an election, if she gets nominated for the democrats, America get ready for the republican machine.
    She has not attracted republicans and independents.
    She is part old folks dominated by lobbyist and special interest
    She talks about her universal healthcare ($150 Billion annually)
    Where is she getting this money from
    People are voting for her because of old Bill
    Obama has caused a nightmare in her campaign
    They never say it coming
    Hillary get ready, its not easy to be president of the United States
    We are not going to vote for you, just because you were first lady
    Wake up America, Snr Bush (4), Jnr Bush (8), Clinton (8) and Governor for 8+ Yrs
    America is bigger than just 2 Families (Clinton and Bush)
    GO McCain
    GO Obama

    February 11, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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