July 8th, 2008
05:11 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney tight-lipped on Bush's convention role

Romney remained tight-lipped on Bush's role at the convention.
Romney remained tight-lipped on Bush's role at the convention.

(CNN) – It's one of the more tricky political tasks the McCain campaign faces at this summer's Republican convention: how to successfully present an incumbent president whose approval ratings hover at or below 30 percentage points.

Speaking on CNN Tuesday, top John McCain surrogate Mitt Romney remained noticeably tight-lipped about the chances of the party's presumptive nominee appearing with the unpopular president.

"You know I am not much of a choreographer, I have to be honest with you," Romney told CNN Tuesday when asked whether the two men would appear together on stage during the convention. "I don't know how convention choreography is going to work. Of course we want to hear from our president and hear his perspectives.”

Watch: Romney discusses the Republican convention

The White House announced last week Bush would speak on the four-day convention's opening night, presumably long before the Arizona senator touches down in the host citiy of Minneapolis. McCain will accept his party's nomination on the convention's last evening.

Pressed if McCain is willing to be photographed with Bush at some point during that high profile week, Romney said it was a decision for the "political powers-that-be to decide."

"But this is clearly John McCain's convention," the former presidential candidate said. "This is his chance to lay out his vision, for our party and for America, and he is certainly going to be the highlight of this convention and I'm looking forward to it."

McCain has long sought to distance himself from his party's leader, and the two have only appeared publicly together twice since the Arizona senator became his party's presumptive nominee five months ago: once at an official endorsement ceremony at the White House and once before a party fundraiser in Arizona.

Watch: Is McCain like Bush?


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soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. Marc PDX

    Barak: lets do it on a grand scale! I want to be in a stadium!
    NY Times: Dems over budget on convention
    Howard Dean: we're right on target with the budget

    When the Dems are in the White House we'll never be over budget...

    LOL! And now you know how.... see, it's as easy as that.... (But at least they didn't flip flop)

    NObama N'08

    July 8, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa

    Mittens Romney lol what a joke his positions have flipp flopped worse then obama and kerry at the beach.
    Mc Cain cant stand the man and wont be picking him for vp mark my words.

    Mc Cain --Sarah Palin is the answer if you pick her they will come.....

    July 8, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. andrew s

    mitt aren't you rich enough to retire and maybe marry another wife

    July 8, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    Typical politician.
    Bush was able to get elected twice, as the defacto leader of the Republican Party and the incumbent President–he should have a place front and center in the Republican convention–as should any other surviving Republican Presidents.

    It's not time to throw your political leadership under the train. Not a single President in my lifetime has withstood the pressure to alter his course–and stood his ground.

    Whether I agree with his positions or not–he must be admired for at least being the bravest President we've ever had. Despite plummeting approval ratings and even pressure from his own party–he stood his ground for what he believed in. That's character.

    July 8, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. CITIZENS FOR AMERICA FIRST.

    THEIR BIGGER PROBLEM IS HOW TO INTRODUCE,

    MCSAME, MCBUSH, MCBIGOT, MCIDIOT, MCMORON, MCSLEAZY.

    July 8, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. Jon from Minneapolis

    St. Paul is the host city. They don't like to be confused with us. Poor St. Paul.

    July 8, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Hooray!

    Hooray! Let Bush speak to his heart's content. Each word that escapes his mouth pushes another voter to the Democrats. Nice going... letting this retard represent the Republican party at a time when 70% of Americans want to stay as far away from him as possible.

    July 8, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Marc PDX

    Dems:
    – Barak doesn't have any baggage behind him...
    – Barak is a new breed of politician...
    – Barak doesn't think it's all just about himself
    – Barak is too a patriot!
    – Barak knows the economy
    – Barak knows national defense
    – Barak knows energy
    – Barak is only going to raise taxes on the rich... and businesses... and anyone who has investments (but that's only the rich)...
    – Barak has plenty of experience
    – Barak is all about hope and change
    – We love you Barak

    (Brought to you by Airhead.org)

    July 8, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. ' hussein '

    republicans admit bush's policies are wrong,but then they support the candidate who flip-flopped on every major issue to embrace those same policies.why is he afraid to be pictured with bush,when he is promoting the same agenda?if republicans are so proud of mccain,why don't they stand by their man,bush?because they are scared they will lose and all their crimes will be brought out by a democratic administration.they are scared for good reason.many may face imprisonment ,if they lose the power to hide from the judiciary and congressional branches of gov't.

    July 8, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. vahe

    go to hell crooks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mcshame!!!!

    July 8, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. Alanna

    McCain = Third Bush term.

    Go away Romney!

    July 8, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. David, Silver Spring, MD

    I imagine Romney and every other Republican downplaying Bush's role with remarks like, "This convention is about the future, not the past..." But with the Republican Party committed to perpetuating the policies and philosophy of the Bush years, past and future are all pretty much the same.

    The failure of the Bush administration can't all be dumped at Bush's feet. It's also the failure of a certain world view and a certain view of the role of politics in American life. It's the failure of the modern Republican way.

    July 8, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. elmerg

    McCain = Bush
    Bush = McCain

    Rinse and repeat.

    July 8, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. A SONGBIRD SANG IN VIETNAM

    Doesn't matter – see one, see the other. They are McTwins in the eyes of this nation.

    McWarmonger, McShame, McLame, McBush – synonyms.

    July 8, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. strict script

    MCCAIN + ROMNEY = BUSH (worst president in US recorded history)

    July 8, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Proud American

    Romney's a puppet and an idiot just like the rest of the GOP.

    July 8, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. martin

    republicans are throwing bush under the bus,but,keeping his policies.

    July 8, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. Yasriel

    They can run but they won't be able to hide from their failures....McBush and McSame are both tied in their hips and heads.

    July 8, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. A SONGBIRD SANG IN VIETNAM

    Romney sure is a "pretty boy", isn't he? Wonder how many wives he will have in the WH if he is VP ----

    July 8, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    This Is Going To Be A Farewell Party For Mccain! It Cant Come Soon Enough!

    July 8, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. Foreign observer

    It is easy to blame just the president for the politics that have been carried by the GOP , by Romney, Mc Cain and so on...

    July 8, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  22. David Goldman

    HOW ARE GOING TO INTRODUCE THE NEW MCBUSH

    IS THE QUESTION.

    BUSH SR. & JR. TRASHED OUR ECONOMY.

    AND MCBUSH SUPPORTED ALL THEIR POLICIES.

    ARE THEY GOING TO CLAIM THAT WAS AN IMPOSER?

    July 8, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. charles

    CNN STOP BEING HYPOCRITES REPORT THE BIG NEWS OF THE DAY IRAQI TROOP WITHDRAWAL WHY ARE YOU MUM EVERY NETWORK HAS REPORTED EXCEPT YOU. YOU ARE COVERING FOR GRANPA. POST IT AND YOU WILL GET A THOUSAND RESPONSES. EVERYONE HAS BEEN MENTIONING ON ALL YOUR POST BUT YOU ARE STILL MUM. NO MATTER WHAT GRANPA WILL HAVE TO CHANGE STRATEGY IRAQI WANTS A TIMETABLE AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN OBAMA WAS RIGHT. THUS WHY YOU ARE COVERING FOR GRANPA. HE COULDNT EVEN ANSWER THE QUESTION WHEN ASKED FOR HIS RESPONSE.

    July 8, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    Mccain Lacks The Judgement To Be President! I Question His Military Record!

    July 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  25. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    All republicans should be insulted if mcain distance himself from the President at the convention. I think mccain should be there when the President speaks, after all he is the President, no matter what his ratings are.
    And mccain is just the nominee, President Bush really isn't going to make that much of difference whether mccain wins or loses the Presidency.

    It could just be that the President don't want to be seen with a loser.

    July 8, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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