February 15th, 2008
09:36 AM ET
4 years ago

Sources: Former President Bush to endorse McCain

Sources: Former President Bush will endorse John McCain before the Texas primary.
Sources: Former President Bush will endorse John McCain before the Texas primary.

(CNN) - CNN has learned that John McCain will travel to Texas, most likely next week, to accept the endorsement of former President George H. W. Bush.

The campaign is working on the scheduling with the former president's office but the goal is for an event in Texas next week, accordoing to two Republican sources familiar with the discussions.

The endorsement is part of the Republican rally around McCain nationally. But it is also aimed especially at Texas, where voters will weigh in March 4.

There is a vocal faction of social conservatives in the state who regularly sparred with President George W. Bush during his presidency and his days as governor.

The former President Bush is no favorite of these social conservatives either, but his embrace is being orchestrated as an important signal to the state's broader Republican establishment that it is important to back McCain and participate in the primary.

–CNN Chief National Correspondent John King


Filed under: George H.W. Bush • John McCain
soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Anne E.

    Like anyone cares, and like he has a choice.

    February 15, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. ed

    Papa bush is bailing out baby bush. He hopes the american public doesn't look to close at the middle initial so it won't look like GW is supporting his partner in war mongering Mccain. jOHN those deaths are yours and GEORGE W and will continue for the next 100 yrs as is Mccain plan no matter which right wing nut is in power.

    February 15, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Frank

    If I was one of McCain's advisors, I would politely tell all in the Bush family thanks but no thanks!

    February 15, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. the voice of Truth

    Way to go Bush I. We'll make it clear to those "change-mongers" that the status quo is the way to go. I'm for Bush III all the way!

    February 15, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. William Dieck

    McCain is the only one running who has stood up in Washington and took on the tough issues. Thats leadership. There is a lot of hot air and no substance coming from the Democratic candidates.s.

    February 15, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Buf

    Is there any way John can get out of this?

    February 15, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. JC

    Who cares about endorsements? I guess they really think we'll follow where ever they lead us. Everyone should just look at the issues of the candidates and make up their own mind. I'm personally sick of them trying to influence me. What good does it do anyway when they don’t count all of the votes?

    On another note, endorsements seem also to be the way to catch the “flip-flopping disease”......Romney endorsed McCain and then McCain flip-flopped on his stance for torture.

    I was actually looking forward to voting Republican for the first time in my life, but it looking more and more like I’ll have to just do a writ-in……

    February 15, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Sensibility

    It doesn't matter if GI Joe endorses him. He won't win. Period.

    February 15, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Jack (Yuma, Arizona)

    McCain is the most qualified for president out of all the candidates. McCain 2008!

    February 15, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Julie

    We need to clean house in Washington. This party has had enough lies and corruption. REPUBLICANS FOR OBAMA.

    February 15, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. David

    no big surprise since the neo-cons have hijacked the republican party. they just run with the herd. H.W. is just getting behind the CFR mandated candidate. being a good CFR globalist cronie.

    February 15, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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