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. Jason, Texas

    Ah, The National Convention of Idiots.... Gotta love it.

    July 8, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. Sleeping Pill

    I hope the nets have something else for us to watch while the GOP is having their convention. Talk about going to sleep. Why can't they just play the last convention we had in 2004. McSame is going to mimic what GW said anyway.

    July 8, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  3. tpage

    I love coming to this website just to read what you ignorant libs have to say! I laugh everytime you give McCain (our next pres) a clever name or try to spout out some "facts" like you have any idea what you're talking about. I moved to a very liberal area and after meeting people around here and reading liberal statements online I realize that you guys really don't have a clue about politics, the economy, the Iraq war, what is really affecting Americans etc. You all are just a group of hate mongoring, name calling, immature childeren and like childeren should not be allowed to vote. Childeren are to be seen not heard, now do everyone a favor, shut your mouths and do some research. McCain 08.

    July 8, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  4. Todd

    Bush = McCain
    If you voted for George Bush you should not be able to vote ever again!!

    July 8, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. LUIS BARRETO

    THE PARTY HAVE FAILED TO RESOLVE THE [ VP] ISSUE.THE REASON THAT WE FIND OURSELVES IN RIGHT NOW. REMAINING FULLY SILENT TREATEN FURTHER PROBLEMS. A QUICKLY ACTION IS NECESSARY TO KEEP UNITY./////

    July 8, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. ladawn

    i agree whole heartedly with paul from tampa. i almost forgot about the Enron scandel. All these scandels and corrpution in 7 1/2 years and no one in washington says IMPEACHMENT ASAP!!! I dont understand that. Bill gets a blow job and washington wants him out because he lied about it to save his marriage. Yet Bush can lie to us for 7 1/2 years and get away with murder.....we need CHANGE

    OBAMA 08-12

    July 8, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. Ian

    It's no wonder that the conservative base has issues with McCain. Either you are a Republican or you aren't John. You shouldn't be ashamed of President Bush.

    July 8, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. Bayousara for Hillary in November

    Is anyone as sick of politics, especially this prez campaign, as I am?

    I don't care who does what anymore.

    I am writing in Hillary in November.

    July 8, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. Erika, KS

    It doesn't matter how much or how little Bush is involved. It's a democratic lie that McCain is a "third Bush term." I'm sick of hearing that. McCain is an accomplished Senator. Obama isn't accomplished in anything other than he ran a campaign better than Clinton. Whoppee. And big deal. What does that prove? I've always voted democrat or independent, but not anymore. Obama is a salesman, only. I'm not buying whatever garbage he's selling.

    July 8, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. Raymond Duke

    Don't blame him it is nobodys business what his role is going to be. He is leaving office . Not coming into the office. I figure if John McCain wants him to play a part he will let him know. But I bet if he does play a part he will not be using the stupid slogan "yes we can", change and hope.. Republicans will want to hear more than that .

    July 8, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. DM, Let talk about the truth!!

    Karl Rowe, Dick Chaney, and George Bush all ha ve one thing in common.... All break Laws and no one can touch so leave them a lone....

    July 8, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. Jim

    F you PUMA fools.

    July 8, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. John Murray

    News media please note: The GOP convention is being held in ST PAUL MINNESOTA we are not Minneapolis, and most of us like it that way !

    July 8, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. PSK

    Vision? Layout his VISION? While Iraq is kicking our butts OUT of their country, McCain will be invisioning a lifetime lease on the place. The man is so short-sighted he needs a seeing-eye dog.

    July 8, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  15. Fumigate The Convention Center

    I hope the Xcel Energy Center management is ready to fumigate the center after the convention, because the stench in that place from all those rotten eggs will smell to high heaven.

    July 8, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. beverly

    HERES ANOTHER UNCARING RICH REPUBLICAN, ( BY THE WAY MR ROMNEY ARE YOU A MEMBER OF THE ( SKULL AND BONES )?MCCAIN AND ROMNEY , TO THE AVERAGE WORKING PERON WILL BE YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE. MR ROMNEY WHICH ONE OF YOUR SONS IS WILLING TO JOIN OUR ARMY FORCES, NO MATTER WHAT BRANCH TO GIVE SOME OF OUR SOLDIERS SOME RELEIF, SINCE THEY ARE WORKING SO MANY DIFFERENT TOURS OF DUTY HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.

    July 8, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. May - Arizona

    Standing with or hiding Bush doesn't matter, McSame has embraced Bush's policies and that's what he can't hide. Bush's poicies are embosed on McSame's forehead, period !

    You can run but cannot hide!

    July 8, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. Marc PDX

    When Obama is president and his hairbrained ideas have been shown to be failures (actually I doubt he'll get anything off the ground even with a Democratic congress) he will blame the past for his failures. It'll all be Bush's fault through his entire presidency. Sad. But he's that kind of politician. "The buck stops there ->"

    NObama N'08

    July 8, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. Hillariously Funny

    Dear Bayousara for Hillary in November:

    I am writing in Hillary in November.
    ------------------------------

    Can you also write a check to pay for her debt of 31 million, while you're at it?

    Obama 08

    July 8, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. Brian

    McCain is the only right choice for this country regardless of who he appears with at the Convention. That should not influence anyone's decision one way or another. After all if anyone would consider putting a blithering idiot like Barack " the idiot " Obama in office we are surely in dire trouble!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  21. saga4obama

    obama=underhanded liar July 8th, 2008 4:31 pm ET

    obama is unfit to be president of the United States.
    _________________________________________________
    after Obama wins Nov 4th we will start a fundraising campaign to 1) clear Hillary's debt, 2) get you, PUMA, and the rest of the haters a one way ticket out of America...then we can get to work to fix Bush's mess...
    cant wait for the Presidential pardons to be dished out

    July 8, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. syqueen

    The Problem for McCain is like you say "I don't eat Chicken but I eat the wings".George Bush is Republican running a Republican policies for 8 years and the policies failed. McCain is trying to come back with the same policies. Why take bush of the picture? It is not about name or person it is about the policies. You can't fool the voters.

    July 8, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  23. Nsikan

    Grife – I mean griff, get over insulting a dead woman. If Barack's mom were to be alive, we would all be proud of her. Keep your insults to the living. DNA or no DNA, he had a mother that loved him and she was from Kansas. Are you trying to say he was adopted? Some presidents did adopt children and we all respect that. I guess some of us may need some lessons from others moms.

    July 8, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. deroy

    is OBAMA hiding bill CLINTON?

    July 8, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. Shaik

    The fact that Bush's appearance has become an issue speaks volumes...never before have we had a question about a sitting president playing a big role...either party. Approval rating lower than Nixon's...scary.
    Never mind...I will find and old Hitchcock movie on cable at the time – less scary!

    July 8, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
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