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. Griff

    You don't need to be, Mr Romney. John McCain is running for Democracy against a Ghost... A Guy that was dumped in the East Indies by an Arab from Somalia. Nobody has done a DNA test on this Guy. To do that would be Racial Predudist to the Black community..
    Borack Obama's Eleged Mum???? Who is she????

    July 8, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    THEY CAN SAVE THEIR MONEY AND

    JUST RUN THE BUSH CONVENTION.

    July 8, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Ed

    Come On Clinton News Network!! How stupid can you be?? Bush is the President of the United States. It is obvious to dirt that he should have some role at the convention.

    July 8, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. Obama Supporter from FL

    I think Romney's spray tan has gone to his brain.

    July 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. Peter

    Just to clarify, St. Paul is hosting the convention not Minneapolis.

    July 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Rise America Rise

    George Bush sr screwed up this country. A democrat came in and fixed it. George Bush junior took over where his father left off and did the impossible ... he did a worse job. George Bush jr really needs McCain in the white house, so that Bush jr won't go down in history as the worst president ever. Although I suspect if McCain were elected, the history books would reflect the presidency as Bush/McCain years and never really try to differentiate between them .. I mean, why bother?

    July 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. The Austrian

    "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.""

    So... the Bilderbergers will decide? The Council on Foreign Relations? The Rothschilds? The Rockerfellers? Who, Mitt? Who?!?!?!?!?

    July 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. Dee Dee

    Why not they are now thinking very much?

    July 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. NotFallingInLine.org

    Why is the media trying to drum up a drama by pressing Romney on whether "McCain is willing to be photographed with Bush at some point during that high profile week"? If that's the only thing about the Republican convention that the media is going to care about in this important time in our history, then maybe they should just go back to covering stories about Brad and Angelina and Madonna and whomever, and leave the real work to the bloggers who seem much more interested in issues.

    Does McCain equal Bush, or is that nonsense just the Obama campaign's weak spin? Stay tuned...

    Knoxville NFIL

    July 8, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Lesley

    What's the problem? McCain is endorsing nearly all of Bush's policies. Does he think the American public will forget that if he doesn't have his picture taken with the president? McCain has changed his previous positions on his own counsel, that's not the fault of the administration. He was a maverick, but no more.

    July 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. EDW

    Hmmm, looks like you are having problems Republicans....
    Well, as long as you keep bashing Obama over fist bumps and lapel pins then you should do well.

    NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  12. Jerry Fallwell

    So Romney is the authority?

    My dear god ... help us.

    July 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Linda from Prescott AZ

    The Republican Convention is going to be the best comedy on TV.
    I find so much humor in Romney speaking for McCain, the two do not like each other, so everything tht comes out of Romney or McMouth is a joke.

    July 8, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Malcom Little ...... x

    They will tell Bush that the convention in in Miami, not Minneapollis.

    The GOP is that cold blooded.

    July 8, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. Terri

    Who cares? The only ones who may care are Old Pale Face Himself , his cronies and the cast from the movie Cocoon.

    July 8, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Saad from NJ

    It's such a shame that it has to come to this.... As much as I hate what's happened to our country in the last 8 years, I honestly do NOT think President Bush is a bad person. In fact, on the contrary, I think he is a good man at heart.

    His biggest problem was two of the most evil people in his administration.... and I do not mean Karl Rove, he is an alien. I mean Cheney and Rumsfeld. All said and done, I feel bad for President Bush... Just the fact that it is questionable whether his presence at teh convention is a good thing or bad!

    July 8, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Florida Livin

    It doesn't matter who McCain picks he doesn't have a chance... He has not told us anything new and constantly try to sell Bush's policy over and over again. And PUMA your idealogical hate won't work. Just say you are a republican, pretending to be a Dem.. People are having trouble month to month and all you Fake Clinton supporters do is preach hate. Clinton would have never suported McCain's ideas. Not this time. Have any of you thought about this country's outlook when your kids Graduate and want Jobs.. Just a memo but Republicans are making sure it won't be any and plenty of war to around.

    July 8, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. BOOTSTOMPER

    What a crew, McCain, Liberman, Romney, Graham, Crist, Giullani. Old and beat, just what this country needs.

    July 8, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. martin

    isn't romney an flds member?unibrows and oompah loompah hair?

    July 8, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa

    Just who is obama hiding........

    July 8, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Beverly

    I DON'T LIKE MITT.

    July 8, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. karen-phoenix

    Love what Obama is doing by letting the American people who own this country attend his acceptance speech!!!! I'm a recovering republican and can not take a chance on watch anything a republican does!!!! I want to be honest again and NO King George or Prince McCain!!

    July 8, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. smile

    Patrick Henry, Fort Myers you are a

    complete idiot

    July 8, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. DJ, LA, CA

    What about Richard Cheney introduce McCain instead? Oh never mind he is even more unpopular than Bush himself...so much so that they don't even let Cheney make any more public appearances.

    July 8, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. Ardnuas

    The TRUTH is McCain is just like BUSH...... a vote for McCain is a vote for a war in Iran in 2009.

    July 8, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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