March 5th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Bush says he wants McCain to win presidency

 President Bush greets Sen. John McCain and his wife, Cindy, at the White House on Wednesday.
President Bush greets Sen. John McCain and his wife, Cindy, at the White House on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush endorsed Sen. John McCain for president on Wednesday, saying the presumptive Republican nominee has the "character, courage and perseverance" to lead the country.

McCain thanked the president for his support and the work he has done in the Oval Office.

"I appreciate his endorsement, and I appreciate his service to our country," said McCain, adding that he wanted Bush at his side as much as possible on the campaign trail.

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  1. Johnson

    The move of death by McCain. If he wants bush at his side all through the campaign he might as well just give up and let the democrats win. The picture is also the picture of death. I don't see why people don't understand that the american public is tired of Bush. If you support bush, you are going to lose..its as simple as that.

    March 5, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. AJ, IL

    Is Bush eyeing Cindy McCain? He knows he wants to ask her what is she doing with this old man.

    March 5, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Kab

    Bush...for once you and I agree on something.....

    Anybody but Hillary..plus you know what, McCain is a likable person..The day he blasted that Cunningham guy, he won my respect ...

    March 5, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Greg, NY

    He wants Bush at his side as much as possible on the campaign trail?

    This is why if the Democrats lose in November, they really have very serious problems.

    March 5, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. Ken, Suitland MD

    This video outtake of the endorsement will feature prominently in the [D] campaign adds, as it should. It should be the first thing Americans see when they wake up, and the last thing they see before they go to bed. Except for the lunatics on the right who think Busch has done a good job, everyone is tired of the arrogant numbskullery of the [R]s. And John Hussein McCain has shown time and again during this campaing that his is willing to cave-in to the right-wing's insanity, to get their blessing to run and not smear him. McCain = Busch III.

    You knuckleheads on the right are like children, who after burning their hands on the stove once, go back and do it again. There is a difference though: children eventually learn from their real world mistakes and change their behavior. There is no such sign of intelligence on the right.

    March 5, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. bond

    Whatever Bush says, do the complete opposite. That should be the next ammendment to the constitution.

    March 5, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Susan Goldbeck

    Anybody that solicits an endorsement from the worst president in history does not deserve to be president.

    March 5, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. David B

    Is there any better way to guarantee McCain will lose than to have Bush endorse him? Talk about throwing an anchor to a drowning man...!

    March 5, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. AB

    This video outtake of the endorsement will feature prominently in the [D] campaign adds, as it should. It should be the first thing Americans see when they wake up, and the last thing they see before they go to bed. Except for the lunatics on the right who think Busch has done a good job, everyone is tired of the arrogant numbskullery of the [R]s. And John Hussein McCain has shown time and again during this campaing that his is willing to cave-in to the right-wing's insanity, to get their blessing to run and not smear him. McCain = Busch III.

    You knuckleheads on the right are like children, who after burning their hands on the stove once, go back and do it again. There is a difference though: children eventually learn from their real world mistakes and change their behavior. There is no such sign of intelligence on the right.

    March 5, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Ronald Reagan, Hell

    NOOOOOOO John.........

    I was wrong, I should have been a liberal.............

    ..NOOOOOOOOOOOOO................

    March 5, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Kerry

    Ever wonder why Hillary is not hitting Obama hard about Rezko?

    Have you all seen the picture of Tony Rezko sandwiched in between Bill and Hillary Clinton? Do a simple for clinton and rezko and you'll find the picture.

    The Clintons know all top DNC fundraisers. At least 12 of their closest buddies are in jail right now, with more to join them.

    March 5, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Gene

    It's irrelevant. John McCain was elected President the moment Huckabee withdrew from the race. This country has yet to reach the point where a woman or a black man – any woman or any black man – can be elected President. The 2008 election has been a contest to choose which GOP candidate will be President ever since Clinton and Obama became the only viable candidates for the Democratic nomination.

    March 5, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Mark - Gilbert, AZ

    Every since McCain stopped being true to himself and sided with the far right republicans, he showed that...
    1. He has no problem turning his back on those who already voted for him
    2. He has no problem turning his back on independants and liberals
    3. All he cares about isn't the voters, but the elected official support, the conservative base, which does nothing for his effort to "cross party lines"
    4. He has no problem with siding with Bush's failed policies

    All in all, this is going to be really interesting: The democratic party is self destructing, people are getting really testy (including me) and it's showing, and McCain is siding with a failed strategy. I think the time is NOW to do something radically different and let smaller parties have a shot at the presidency w/o having to go thru tons of red tape.

    March 5, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Stan

    ....duh....how is this news?

    March 5, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Richard, FL

    McCain has now been endorsed by a president who was so bad he was booted out after one term and another president who is a strong candidate for "Worst President in History". This is great news for Democrats. Is McCain going to get economic advice from the president who is approaching DOUBLING our national DEBT?

    March 5, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Ralph

    Did McCain promise not to look into Bush and Cheney's questionable actions? Things like: seizing an election, giving gigantic tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans, working for (not with) Big Oil, putting tax dollars into church pockets, ignoring terror warnings, retaliating against the right country and the wrong one (while not planning for either), dragging its feet intentionally while soldiers are off fighting, handing HUGE contracts to Cheney's former company who mishandle funds and "losing" BILLIONS with no accountability, while being so secretive the National Archives complains, issuing signing statements like they were mandatory, expanding presidential power beyond its intended boundaries, honoring loyalty over skill and experience, letting Alberto Gonzalez deny that US Citizens have the right to habeas corpus, reserving federal funds for "abstinence-only" "education", condoning torture, illegally wiretapping domestically, and delaying/impeding the 9/11 Commission Investigation.

    March 5, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. Alex from IL

    Talk about a Kiss of Death. We're talking about the most unpopular president sense they started measuring such things. I'm sure this picture will be used against the president in the fall.

    March 5, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Well there's a shocker! Who would have though George would endorse John? On a more serious note, does McCain actually want Bush to campaign for him? There is a very real reason why Al Gore asked Bill Clinton not to campaign for him. McCain would do well to thank George for the endorsement and then ask him to stay out of the campaign.

    March 5, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Uncle Sam

    John McCain is the only great man in this year's presidential race.

    March 5, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. Darth Vadik, CA

    For how much gold did you sell your soul John,

    that man you're standing next to smeared you, your wife and daughter, and you stand next to him smiling.

    if I was you i'd slap his smerk of his face,

    oh I'm sorry you need his money for the campaign, why don't you kiss his behind a little more, you shameless shell of a man you used to be.

    March 5, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. bonna

    Yea, sure he would like him to president to finish what he started, after downing him and his family to get the nomonation. Now thats politics.

    March 5, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Frank

    I would call this endorsement meaningless except it will certainly spell doom for MCain in the final outcome. He would be better off distancing himself from the Bush-Cheney gang.

    March 5, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. M.

    Of course he wants McCain to get the Presidency...It gives Bush a third term, doesn't it?...But guess what neither of these people are getting?...The majority of this country has had more than enough of the last seven years and really couldn't care less who Bush endorses...In fact, this could so seal McCain's fate...Talk about the kiss of death.

    March 5, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. JB, Oakland

    How can McCain pander to GWB after the 2000 election when the Bush clan called his wife a drug addict and claimed McCain fathered a Benglidesh baby out of wedlock? This just shows John Insaine McCain will do anything to get elected.

    March 5, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. J Seay

    Wonderful job there McCain. It is absolutely necessary that you get Bush's blessing. That is the final nail in the coffin for your race and we democrats thank you, thank you thank you!

    March 5, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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