July 9th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Bush makes fundraising appeal for McCain, congressional GOP

Bush in the Oval Office image from Web site linked to by fundraising appeal Wednesday.
Bush in the Oval Office image from Web site linked to by fundraising appeal Wednesday.

(CNN) – President Bush’s name has appeared in plenty of fundraising appeals this campaign cycle – most of them sent by Democrats eager to capitalize on his chronically low job approval ratings. On Wednesday, the current White House occupant signed onto a message on behalf of the man who would replace him - presumptive GOP nominee John McCain - and his embattled fellow Republicans in Congress.

“Dear Friend, As a dedicated Republican grassroots leader, will you work with me to see to it that we keep the White House and retake the U.S. House and Senate?” reads a fundraising e-mail which is written in the first person but co-signed by both Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan and “George W. Bush.”

“…Your generous donation to the RNC is the single most important contribution you can make to ensure we maintain the White House and regain our majorities in the U.S. Congress,” reads the message, in which the president says he is "optimistic" about GOP chances this year. “Friend, I am looking forward to the campaign ahead. I am excited about taking our message to the American people. With your help and hard work, there is no doubt in my mind that we will win.”

The president’s title may not make it into the body of the fundraising appeal, but a slightly dated campaign artifact does make an appearance: the link next Duncan’s name – which directs supporters to a GOP fundraising site featuring a photo of Bush in the Oval Office – is GOP.com/StopHillary.


Filed under: John McCain • President Bush
soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. not important

    John McBush????? LOL

    July 9, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. PUMA for BARR

    No to McCain, yes to Barr

    July 9, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. barackobama4prez

    You will not be keeping the white house. Bush, your challenge is to make it back to Texas alive dude. You are a traitor to the U.S.

    July 9, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Marc PDX

    Get ready for all the same tired old slogans from the Barakiddies: McSame, McBush, yaddie-yaddie-yah. One typical characteristic of the Barakiddies is lack of originality. Read on to see if I'm right!

    Like another Latte with your Koolaid?

    NObama N'08

    July 9, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Barb H

    Typical Republican bull. They can't win an election on their record in office, they have to resort to dirty tactics and name calling .
    Is it a surprise that the idiot Prez and the even stupider RNC were trying to stop Hillary? No, just proves how a failed president became a failed president. Of course if there were a stopMcCain.com these same people would be crying foul.
    GO BARACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 9, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    THE IRAQIS & OIL COMPANIES WILL BE BIG CONTRIBUTERS.

    July 9, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Mike, FL

    No surprise there. Bush + McCain = McBush.

    No, for 4more years of McBush's policy. We all had a misreable 7years with Bush.

    July 9, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Tired of W, OH

    McCain = Bush
    Bush = Failure

    Do I need to draw y'all a map?

    July 9, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. R.I.F.

    Perfect Catch 22. The more Bush is out there raising money and pushing for McCain, the more that ties themsleves together.

    July 9, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Franky

    Uh-OH, Spaghettios, LOL!!

    July 9, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. shaik

    picture of him in the Oval doing a political fundraising for McC is in bad taste (unethical), if not illegal (under campaign laws). But then, he is a Republican...why should we expect otherwise?

    July 9, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. No McCain!

    This will only portray McCain as a 3rd Bush Term. This will quickly backfire.

    Obama '08

    July 9, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. saga4obama

    "Your generous donation to the RNC is the single most important contribution you can make to ensure we maintain the White House..."

    they have done enough damage. it is time for change!!!!
    NO more Halliburton politics
    NO more Big Oil Lobbyist making our laws
    NO more bomb first ask questions later
    NO more REPUBLICAN WH

    July 9, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  14. Chuck

    Why does any one, anywhere listen to this clown and give what he says 1 iota of credibility?

    July 9, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. GWB

    Please send my apprentice $$

    July 9, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. Peter E

    Bush appealing? Isn't that a contradiction in terms?

    July 9, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Peter E

    At this point Bush is getting to the verge of unpopularity where fellow republicans don't want him at closed, republican-only fundraisers either...

    July 9, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Banko

    McCain=BUSH. No surprise.

    July 9, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. Enlightened Voter

    The RNC are criminals and I think they will lose by a landslide. Over 400000 jobs lost since january, over 4800 soldiers died in a senseless war, the dollar is at an all time low, the world hates us, gas is at 4.20 and rising. We need another republican in office like we all need a hole in our heads. Wake up people! Maybe our country will be great again!

    July 9, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Hillary Voter, now voting for Obama!! PUMA's you are Idiots

    GWB..Please hang around McCain some more...Please do whatever it takes to sabotage the GOP

    July 9, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. Willy

    Send it today!

    July 9, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. No McLooser is stagnant

    This make 2 loosers that are joined at the hip ,think alike ,do alike ,warmongers alike,waste money alike ,have big bank accounts alike (money that was taken ) ,connected to same crooks alike,forget alike ,they are just one and the same just add Cheney and Rove to this mix and you have a 4 some alike .

    July 9, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. Daddy Bush

    Shhhh!

    July 9, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. TRUTH

    MCCAIN=BUSH

    July 9, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. SHEILA

    UGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 9, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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