July 8th, 2008
05:11 PM ET
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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. Rigo, Madison, WI

    Democrats: Just remember what the Republicans did to Kerry. I hope Obama's campaign is better prepared.

    And Patrick Henry in Ft Myers: Some of our bravest presidents have been George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, FDR and others. W is way down on the list.

    July 8, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa

    Tedious898 : One does not have to be female to be offended by this scam of a primary Or to demand substance above idol status in a leader they elect. One should be able to feel that the president they elect can handle to job at hand and the dangerous world we live in that man is not Barack Hussein Obama

    July 8, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. Biff, Hussein, Biffington

    It would be so nice…

    If these blog topics were actually filled with debaters instead of 30 paid RNC, right wing staffers.

    If these same 30 paid RNC, right wing staffers did NOT spout the SAME tire rhetoric topic after topic.

    If they actually ‘contributed’ to a meaningful discussion

    If they actually ‘read’ the article BEFORE letting their drivel flow

    If they could NOT resort to CREATING HATRED for this man, much as they did Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry. (creating hatred is all they are good at)

    If they did NOT “MANUFACTURE” outrage on non-outrageous topics… (flag-pins, bitter, muslim, ‘did-he-flip-flop’)

    If the Republican strategy was actually something OTHER than “make the other guy look worse than you, even if you have to lie to do it”

    If Obama could state a simple truth such as “water is wet” without his words being twisted and morphed into “Rev Wright teaches that all water drinkers hate blacks… and America!)..- (so stupid)..

    But.. these ARE the tricks the RNC and the Republicans will use. They have no choice. People are waking up to the fact that they have been ‘tricked’ into voting against their own best interests time and again. And as LOUD as the republican propaganda machine howls, things are so bad that most people cannot be ‘tricked’ into THINKING otherwise. (and that is very bad news for Republicans).

    July 8, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Greg in Houston

    Public Enemy #1......Republican Party.

    People who voted for Bush/Cheney should be forced to wear signs around their necks so that patriotic Americans can spit on them as we walk by.

    More damage has been done to our nation, fiscally and socially, in the past eight years than has been done by any one party or president in our history.

    We are scorned world-wide. We are broken socially after moving backwards for eight years and economically, well, we're screwed.

    July 8, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. J. Dean Juno Beach, FL


    July 8, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. bernj

    Nom Deplume, with your BA, JD and Masters it would seem that somewhere along the line you would have discovered that pure speculation is not admissible as evidence. But, then again, I guess you did learn how to misrepresent the truth pretty well.

    Obama's tax proposals are fair and will NOT result in any additional tax burden on the great majority of Americans.

    Maybe if you spent a little less time translating "pen name" into Latin (a dead language) for you could devote more attention to telling the truth.

    July 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. chas alabama

    Where is HIS flag pin

    July 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. Shiloh Everett

    How do you distance yourself when you've voted with Bush 95% of the time in the past term? Oh, That's right – lie.

    July 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. mike

    When a politician says "I have to be honest with you", you can bet the next words out of his or her mouth will be a lie.

    July 8, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. bob in L.A.

    What are the chances of the Republican Platform having a plank for Bush to walk?

    July 8, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Sorry there Patrick.......but saying Bush has "character" because he never changed his positions is a ridiculous statement. Was it "character" when he let loose with the dirty tricks in South Carolina against McCain in 2000? Was it "character" when he cherry picked the intelligence and led us into an unnecessary war? Was it "character " when he labeled anyone who disagreed with him unpatriotic? Was it "character" when he winked at the swiftboat people and allowed them to smear John Kerry's service in Viet Nam? Was it "character" when he said he would fire anyone involved in the Plame leak, and then fired nobody......but pardoned his buddy Scooter? Bush has been a disgrace as a President, and I don't fault McCain for trying to keep him under wraps – I would!

    July 8, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. tedious898


    What?....write in Hillary? She's not in the race. I know you're tired of this race but please wake up and smell the proverbial coffee.

    John McCain will essentially receive your support for doing something as dumb as writing in a candidate.

    Get it together and help turn america around. Hillary will have a place in Barack's administration. Certainly we have a good shot at a healthcare plan with an Obama presidency. With McCain in office, Hillary's ideas will become moot. Think about and do the right thing.

    July 8, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. Rob in Sacramento

    the powers that rule the republican party have nothing to offer humanity.



    July 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  14. saga4obama

    McCain and Bush can wear the same out fits since they are just alike...
    Google: songbird McCain, USS Forrestal, the McCain Bill, Big Oil lobbyest on mccain staff, The Saudi president McCain, McCain's Role in Covering Up the the Trillion Dollar Bank Heist...Keating 5, public finance loophole, Pastor Rod Parsely, GI bill, Vicki Iseman, 1,069,854.00 from big oil...the people like Charlie Black and Eric Burgeson to name a few...
    Idiots keep bringing up Wright? you know nothing but sound bite reports...learn the facts. MCCAIN IS DIRTY!!!!

    July 8, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. Richard, FL

    Why is McCain hiding Bush?

    McCain voted with him 95% of the time. McCain flip-flopped to support Bush's tax cuts. McCain flip-flopped to support Bush's "agents of intolerance". McCain flip-flopped to support Bush's off-shore drilling.

    McCain has flip-flopped from being a "maverick" to being a Bush-supporter. Why is he ashamed to be with Bush now?

    July 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. linda from South Dakota

    well rommy,, lets tell the truth,, we all know that mccain has secret meetings and im sure they are with bush,,,,(getting advice),,, of course hes been adviced to stay away from bush as bush makes mccain look bad as mccain may follow instructions,,lol,, well lets face it,, do we want the same as we have had for 16 odd years or do we want real change?? i want change and obama has my vote,, enough of this crap we have had the last many years,,, go obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!( can anyone tell the truth anymore??)

    July 8, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. linda from South Dakota

    re:marc,, i totally agree with you and thanks for sending this message,, hopefully eveyone who reads this will think twice,,, thanks again marc

    July 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. yankeegirl15

    Take Popeye home, it's past his bedtime.

    July 8, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. Peter

    of course, it is relevant. McCain is more than willing to continue the Bush policies. Why not be photographed with the architect then? Afraid that people will look at the picture and say "No way"?

    Marc and the PUMAs: at least put your tired anti-Obama stuff on a story about him. This is all about Republican hypocrisy.

    Nom: I don't even know where to start. I'm thinking that the tax forms must have hallucinogenic properties.

    July 8, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  20. oldtimer

    John McCain = John Kennedy with more legislative experience
    Barak Obama = Jimmy Carter with no executive e experience

    McCain has an anger problem and offends people and Obama is not a good judge of character.

    Sadly, we are to vote for the less bad candidate.

    July 8, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. Lake Michigan

    Funny how Romney detested what McCain stood for during the early primaries and now is one of McCain's boot-lickers like Huck and Lieberman. McCain's words are not credible and neither are Romney's. We will not support such a delusional madman like John McCain. Obama '08.

    July 8, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. A Combat Vet Observation

    Romney is a smart person. I am for him whatever.

    Now for Obama the candidate of changed positions.

    Didn't a woman whip him in PA, CA, Ohio, NJ, MA, NY, IN, KYl, WV and Texas.

    Do we want a girlie man whipped by a woman to be our leader? Not in my America.

    Vote a straight ticket. **********Vote MCCAIN***********************

    July 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. saga4obama

    if you put stale milk in a bottle , no matter how pretty the bottle, it will still be...spoiled milk...
    John McCain the dirty politician of 2000 2004...we deserve better than that, we have made that mistake before

    July 8, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Romney who?

    July 8, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. Loretta from California

    Well I was right. The dirty politicking has begun. The McCain camp has a fear mongering attack ad showing Senator Obama next to the Iranian President. I knew it.. I said it was just a matter of time before the GOP began their dirty trick ads.

    I know independent thinker will see it for what it really is. FEAR MONGERING GARBAGE.


    July 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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