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. Kevin,FL

    Just Another Reason why McCain will loose in 2008

    February 15, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Pat Lambert

    Is this suppose to be helpful?

    February 15, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. rudy W

    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!

    February 15, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. Jack

    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.

    February 15, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. m.cobb

    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.

    February 15, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Todd C.

    If I were McCain, I would stay away from anybody named Bush!

    February 15, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. TrueIndependent

    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.

    February 15, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Taylor in California

    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.

    February 15, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. James Mo

    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.

    February 15, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. kevin from alaska

    Read my lips: no new warhawks in the White House.

    February 15, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Chad Mitchell

    All the more reason to vote Huckabee.

    February 15, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Beth Johnson

    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.

    February 15, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Helen Smith

    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.

    February 15, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Jason

    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.

    February 15, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Thimbletack

    Its going to be a landslide in November.The broom will hit the floor and the dirt goes out the door.

    February 15, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. tina

    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.

    February 15, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Florence campbell

    Why don't they throw a lead weight on his back, and tell him to go swimmin!

    February 15, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  18. Tim

    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.

    February 15, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  19. Laura, San Antonio, TX

    Texans don't care about endorsements. We're independent-minded.

    February 15, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. mcainsux

    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.

    February 15, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Rebecca

    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?

    February 15, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Maureen

    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.

    February 15, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Halliry 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.

    February 15, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. Matt NY, NY

    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.

    February 15, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. Concerned American

    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!

    February 15, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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