(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
Just Another Reason why McCain will loose in 2008
Is this suppose to be helpful?
Well done Sen. McCain. With so many endorsements ranging from former Presidents to former political opponents (ie. Romney), I believe he now has the edge over the Democrats who are very divided.
Come on, War Hero!
Sentor McCain, you need big power on your on your side, to score a win over Obama. With out support from Karl Rove, and Ralph Nader, you will not win.
Whoa ... slow down podnuh! Don't be so quick to put Texas in John McCain's camp! I have a totally different take on this from the people I've been talking to. The consensus is that Texas will vote for John McCain when ... and if ... he becomes the Republican nominee ... and not before. Until then Huckabee is the choice. He's the only true conservative still in the race.
If I were McCain, I would stay away from anybody named Bush!
This is just bad news for McCain. The Bush family will make him pay for this 'favor'.
Why do these two families want to control us like they are the Royal family? Someone, please tell them this is a Democracy.
Well, it looks like all the commenters have successfully missed the fact that it's H.W. Bush to do the endorsement. Former President. George W. Bush is still in office.
It is the first George endorsement, not the second. But it will only cause more problems in Texas for McCain. He may win the nomination, but he will not win the heart and soul of the conservatives, and that means he will not win the election. Let the Democrats win this one, and in 2 years the House and Senate will be turned over to the Republicans, and a true conservative will win the white house in 2012.
Read my lips: no new warhawks in the White House.
All the more reason to vote Huckabee.
Interesting… they say the GOP is divided into moderate and conservative factions, yet both Romney and Bush are considered conservatives and they're backing moderate McCain. Me thinks the GOP is coming together to back their candidate regardless of their differences. This is nice to see, because McCain, at least, stands for something. He has a platform. Which is far more than I can say for Obama, who seems to be gathering votes by just saying "We Need Change", yet having NO platform. Vote issues, people, not race.
I have lost all the respect I ever had for the Republican party. Clearly, all the party leaders are rallying around McCain. HEADLINE – he still does not have the required number of delegates to win. Huckabee or Paul may still win more delegates and make it impossible for McCain to win the nomination before the Convention convenes in November. Huckabee deserves a chance to continue his race until someone wins the required number of delegates. He has won the "must win" states for Republicans and still commands strong support. I believe the party, the media, and special interests groups want Huckabee out prior to March 4th, because they fear losing BIG in TX and OH. I will definitely cast my TX vote for Huckabee, and I deserve to have a voice in this somewhat rigged process.
I'm commenting on a post below, "On the Trail: Friday Feb 15th" since comments seem to be disabled to that post. Ron Paul is still run in case you're not up on the news (irony intended). Even if you think he doesn't have a chance to win, you still have a journalistic duty to report the truth. All these stories of Huckabee not dropping out is branding him as a man with a purpose. What about Ron Paul's purpose? And he has even less of a chance to succeed than Huckabee. That's a real story right there. Just remember, there is a fifth man.
Its going to be a landslide in November.The broom will hit the floor and the dirt goes out the door.
When Romney released his delegates yesterday to McCain (which, we all know, he can't give away, he has to convince them to go with McCain), the thought of a Romney McCain ticket filled every democrat I know with Joy!, The election, Obama or Clinton, would be a cake-walk, now, that said, they also cited all of his previous endorsements! Now this just puts the nail in the proverbial coffin. As a Republican, we did stand by the president, for the most part, howevever, that was for the most part immediately following 9/11 and giving him the doubt now and again. In the last election, I honestly voted, not Kerry, not for Bush. His father? Isn't that how Clinton got elected? I'm hoping Huckabee takes it to the convention and the Delegates have some sense. Otherwise, the prospect of holding onto the white house with McCain are dim, indeed.
Why don't they throw a lead weight on his back, and tell him to go swimmin!
It is good to see that somebody is finally bringing out some things that is not is good about media darling Obama. McCain said yesterday that Obama got $92 million in earmarks in 2005 and 2006 . It is good that McCain is tearing down the media wall of protection around Obama. Tell us more McCain about Goldenboy Obama. The media won't.
Congrats on you Bush endorsement McCain.
Texans don't care about endorsements. We're independent-minded.
Ya.. McCain sounds great. He'll stay in Iraq for a hundred years if necessary.
Lets see... if we add up the Iraq cost to our defense budget it'll cost us 60 trillion dollars in those 100 years.
That's everything a million people like myself could make working for 2000 years.
No thanks John. We need to find some resolution and figure out how to recreate this country. You don't survive off a service based economy.
Does anyone remember W bashing McCain 8 years ago? Why does his Dad feel he is most qualified now? If McCain was trashed by George Jr. and George Sr. was ok with that....what changed his mind?
George H. W. Bush was a very good president, if you review his record, and a true conservative. He was intelligent and very well qualified for the job, having not only served eight years as Vice President, but as head of the CIA for years, also, and having served in the military. He was a good president and is a good man and it's a shame his son has tarnished Bush Sr.'s presidency with his rash behavior and his cowboy politics. I do not want four more years of the same, but "W" and his dad were two VERY different politicians and I would not mind another four years of George Sr.'s presidency, if that's what we'd get from McCain.
I admire anybody sends his son or daughter to server this contry in a harmful way. Protect your own children is the nature of any human or even hen. Protect this country with his own drildren showing a great personality that is above just a human nature.
I decide if Halliry can not make to the Dem top, then I will switch to Mccain. I don't like extreme wings of each party. I actually admire George H. W. Bush a lot. He is a hero to me, so does Mccain.
You guys don't seem to realize the article is talking about George H. W. Bush not our current president. People should read the article before jumping to conclusions and looking like ignorant idiots.
We need Huckabee! Not more of the same Washington insiders (McCain, Clinton, Obama). What have they been doing for us over the past years? Look at what Governor Huckabee accomplished for Arkansas.
Wake up, America...before it's too late!