March 4th, 2008
09:59 PM ET
5 years ago

Bush to endorse McCain at the White House Wednesday

(CNN) – President Bush will officially endorse John McCain's presidential run Wednesday at the White House. The two men will have a private lunch followed by a joint public statement.

The move by the president, who remained neutral throughout the Republican primary process, comes after a victory in Texas that gave McCain more than the 1,191 delegates required to claim the GOP nomination. The Arizona senator's remaining primary season rival, Mike Huckabee, withdrew from the presidential race Tuesday night.

–CNN Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash

UPDATE: CNN's Robert Yoon and Dana Bash report that McCain will pay a visit to Republican National Committee headquarters after his White House visit.


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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Franky

    This will be interesting to see........

    March 4, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  2. NickNasc

    yeah now THAT will impress MILLIONS!! ( Is my sarcasm showing?)

    March 4, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. Mike F

    umm, i think we should recount the delegates after George Bush supports him and someone should probably call Huckabee and tell him to come back for a few more days.....

    March 4, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. Nino

    This will be the kiss of death for McCain.

    March 4, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. California Independent

    Watching McCain's speech.... what a surprise, a man that talks like a man. I stayed awake listening to him.

    Obama: hope, change

    McCain: We don't hide from history, we make history!

    If it isn't Clinton, McCain '08

    March 4, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  6. Esteban Picos

    Hillary, and Bill are needed to save the Planet, and so Al Gore.

    March 4, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  7. Grif

    Too Late Mr Bush... Time waits for no-man..

    Mr Mccain has waited too long!!! He leads, while others who still believe... In addition, are tired, for time is an essence.
    Not to be wasted.....

    Pity the Democrats wern't so Nostalgic

    March 4, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. Info

    Yes endorse him, and give Obama the White HOUSE!

    March 4, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  9. Delroy Brown

    It is time for changes, and I believe the old school of politics needs to retire. Just look what as happen to this country in the past eight years.
    Obama has the potenial to to change the minds of the young to make this a better society for our future children of this great United States.
    America is ready.

    Let us Begin.

    Delroy Brown

    March 4, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  10. Steve B

    Please help me understand why Wolf keeps using the word historic to describe McCain's victory, and why this is an historic day. Remarkable, yes, amazing comeback, true, but historic.... please. Get another word.

    March 4, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  11. anita

    OMG! doesn't McCain have the flu?

    March 4, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. Jose Card - Independent

    I still remember Senator McCain's 95 year old mother complained about GOP not giving any help to her son's presidential campaign.
    After W's endorsement, GOP may start to give McCain the support a party is supposed to give to its nominee.

    Congratulations! Senator McCain!

    March 4, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  13. CB

    It should be interesting to watch as Bush sucks up to McCain, after the shameful things they did to McCain in South Carolina 8 years ago.

    March 4, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  14. KC Atlanta

    Goody Goody!!! Just what all the folks are waiting for, McCain to carry on the Bush legacy.....

    March 4, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  15. Brooke

    President Bush's endorsement of Sen. McCain will be great news for the Democratic Party.

    March 4, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  16. Dan K

    the Bush endorsement will come with the endorsement of big business and the military industrial complex. McCain will not have to win over the voters in November the votes will be rigged by private sector companies and the horrible mess will continue.

    March 4, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  17. rick

    maybe ronald mcdonald can be there two his endorsement would mean more.

    March 4, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  18. Slap Stick, FLORIDA

    THIS IS LIKE TAKING RICIN. Run for your life McCain. The Dems will sank you. Have you noticed Bush has the all time lowest rating of any president. Ever Ever Ever

    March 4, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  19. Corey, Maryland

    well there goes McCain's chances to win!

    March 4, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  20. Jewel

    Think this will hurt instead of help MCCain. He needs to distance himself from George W. Bush.

    March 4, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  21. alex

    All joking aside, this endorsment will make mccain harder to beat in november. Unfortunately.

    March 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  22. Shannon in Galesburg, IL

    As a Democrat, this is the best news I've heard so far this election year.

    March 4, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  23. Sheri, MI

    let's hope that's the kiss of death for old-balls

    March 4, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  24. heh

    'Well, with bush's endorsement, the democrats will pick him to peices. Either democratic nominee should attack him gravely on the economy after this endorsement. Does McCain even want republican votes? Because last time I checked most repubs don't like bush all too well......

    March 4, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  25. Carol

    I feel very sad tonight! We have seen a man I admire as a great patriot elected to run for President at the age of 71. Our grandparent's ages. I admire him, but have been around so many seniors who start becoming muddled in their thinking as time goes on. It saddens me to think that something like this could happen to the possible president. I don't feel comfortable about his age, his fits of temper, his alignment with George Bush, so many other feelings. We are seniors and know how time changes lifestyles. The job as President is very trying and tiring. Young men leave gray haired and worn, I just don't feel comfortable with this. We are too vulnerable a nation right now, and to receive Bush's blessings is almost like an annointing by his predecessor. Four more years of Bush policy...saddens me.

    March 4, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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