July 23rd, 2008
03:05 PM ET
10 years ago

Bush will address RNC, but will he appear with McCain?

No word yet on whether Bush will appear with McCain at RNC.

No word yet on whether Bush will appear with McCain at RNC.

(CNN) - White House Press Secretary Dana Perino has confirmed that President Bush will address the Republican National Convention on its first night.

Perino told reporters today at the White House briefing that President Bush will deliver a speech on September 1, Labor Day. She said incumbent presidents traditionally address the RNC on the first night of the convention.

The White House has not yet said whether Bush might appear with presumptive nominee John McCain at the convention. The two men have made few joint public appearances since McCain effectively claimed his party’s nomination this spring, as the president’s approval ratings continue to hover near historic lows.

Republicans will hold their convention September 1-4, 2008 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Democrats are slated to hold their convention the week before in Denver, Colorado.

Filed under: John McCcain • President Bush • RNC
soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Fred

    Lesley, that tells me that they are seeing each other secretly. A private relationship.

    July 23, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Marc PDX

    And Bill Clinton will address the DNC... with Barack Obama at his side (completely overshadowed!)... in Mile High Stadium... ("We are NOT overbudget!"... that's something you'll hear all the time with Barack in office... LOL!)

    July 23, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. Dave

    An appearance by Bush equals the Kiss-of-Death.

    Why not just bring in the mafioso to plant a kiss on the cheek of McCain?

    July 23, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Bill MA.

    Republicans should hide their faces after the last eight years. This administration has been the worst in my lifetime, and that goes back to FDR. The selfishness,lying, corruption, warmongering by chicken hawk republicans, and so much more. Shame on you who voted for Bush/Cheney.

    July 23, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Uncle Sam

    Doesn't matter. Why??

    Cause there cousins, Identical cousins all the way.
    Two pair of matching bookends, the same all the way!!!

    July 23, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. david,baltimore,mamryland

    Can you imagine the field day the late night talk show hosts will have with the republican convention? One guy cant read the teleprompter and the other guy cant find it.Why dont they have Rush Limbaugh deliver the keynote address?
    How would you like to be the person introducing Bush at the Republican convention?Lets see them whoop it up for the big guy right in front all voters in this country showing everyone what they stand for.

    July 23, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. LS

    A picture says a thousands words.

    The DNC should run an Obama ad with this picture ONLY. No sound, no music, just silence for about 15 or 20 seconds. . . well, maybe they can use a couple of crickets in the background making noise.

    July 23, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Eddie Blake

    I don't get all you libs out there. McCain should be honored to stand next to a great president like George Bush. He will be remembered as one of the true greats!!


    July 23, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. R.I.F.

    I thought McCain just accredited Bush with lowering oil prices. Why wouldn't these two want to be seen together? Two peas in a pod.

    July 23, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Nando, Florida


    July 23, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Nija

    They are fraternal twins and are inseparable

    July 23, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Uncle Sam

    This relationship sounds like the Luther Vandross song, "If only for one night"


    This must be a private affair. This stuff keeps getting better and better. Thanks for the material McSame!!!

    July 23, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. BUSHED!!!!!

    President Bush will address the Republican National Convention on its first night.That's ok Mr bush is cool at least you know where he stands... he attends Church .....McCain try to hook with all the Evangelicals to get votes..Wonder if he fellowship any where !!!...........Please don't let Phil Gramm Speak oh my I can remember it like Yesterday ........You Guys Remember I can't stand to Talk about it mess up my day just thinking about it

    July 23, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. former GOP

    Texas Trail Dog
    You areworst then McCain, everything you said has nothing to do with Obama being his own man. You and your cheap shots.
    Obama is not being lead by his wife, he is a strong man with a strong woman. I’m sure you have know idle what that looks like. Next time you want say something about President Obama please comes up with something concrete and not cheap shots. Something real and not something lame. You make the rest of the McCain fan’s look even more stupid then you guys already do!

    July 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. tina

    Oh please let them be seen together, it only helps more people realize how alike they are. No more Bush, and No McBush ever!

    July 23, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. al





    July 23, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. Chuck

    Texas Trail Dog! – "McCain is his own man".

    What! McCain is his own man? You can't be serious. McCain has been Bush's man ever since Bush has been in office. If McCain were his own man he would have floored Bush after Bush and his campaign slandered and trashed McCain's wife in the 2000 primary in South Carolina. But what does McCain do. Hugs and supports Bush on the convention stage after Bush wins the primary. McCain is his own man? Your definition of a man is sure different then mine.

    July 23, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. mccainlies

    texastraildog you have some anger issues huh? So you say McCain is his own man huh? Why did he vote with President Bush 95% of the time last year? Why has he flip flopped on Bushs' tax cuts? Why has he flip flopped on offshore drilling? OH and just so you know the DEMOCRATIC party will pick up more seats in the House and Senate so what Senator Obama will want to get done will probably get done. Maybe you're the person McCains former national co-chair Phil Gramm was talking about when he said we are becoming a nation of whiners 😉

    July 23, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. rev

    St. Paul is gonna stink to high heaven when the RNC comes to town. I live about a mile from the convention center and we're girding ourselves for sulphur, brimstone and the reek of GOP garbage during their little event. Maybe we'll get lucky and Bush will slip and fall into the Mississippi and get washed up in New Orleans, where all the people he ignored can have a little 'quality time' with our Imbecile-in-Chief.

    July 23, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. California Gold

    If they can manage to scare enough voters into voting for more war to illegally invade, hunt and kill suspicious people then George W(ar) Bush will appear with John McCain. Without the fabricated threat of evil boogey men hiding in darkened doorways and under our beds, it's doubtful they will appear together.

    July 23, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. Ralph, MT

    Bush is a buffoon, and so is John if he campaigns with him. He will be the loneliest candidate on the planet if he hitches his star to this wagon.

    Yeehaaaaaaaaaaa, two losers.

    July 23, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. EDW

    Aw, they are so cute together.

    what's wrong with that???

    July 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. NoMcSame

    Frick & Frack. Mutt & Jeff. Dumb & Dumber. Bevis & Butthead. Ralph & Ed. What a team. Old & Older. What a joke the republicans are. Blinded by hate.

    July 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Those two must have been the inspiration behind Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dum. I say trot them out there together on stage and have Bush kiss McCain on top of the head again......that was a great moment in history.

    July 23, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. tina

    Oh please let them be seen together, it only helps more people realize how alike they are. No more Bush, and No McBush ever!

    July 23, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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