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. Democrats Rule

    I am just counting the days until these twits are forever OFF MY RADAR SCREEN. I just can't wait. President Obama – breath of fresh air – a great big brain and a big dose of charisma to go with it. Just can't wait. Can we move the election up to tomorrow PLEASE???

    July 23, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. I toldyouso

    The snobbish, boring Republicans are so stupid that they still do not phathom the utter distaste that most Americans have for Bush and their parties' programs and policies. The Republican party has set back the U.S.A. for decades. They have literally sold out the U.S. to the Chinese and Middle East and are much bigger terror threats than Al Quaeda ever was. Additonally, whenever I see or hear a Republican that a Republican is giving or going to give a speech, I stay as far away as possible lest I get tainted.

    July 23, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. Griff

    Your guess is as good as mine CNN.. It does not matter... It will be a complete 180. Under McCain... The Patriaque....

    July 23, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. karen-phoenix

    It's the circle of life! Out with old(the very old!) and in with the new!!! Peace is patriotic!!! Go Obama!!

    July 23, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Richard

    Great news! The more people see McCain with Bush, the worse MCain will look. The US and the world hate Bush. He might be the most hated man on the planet.

    July 23, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  6. Steve

    Bush is the lightning rod for all things that people dislike about the way Republicans have run the country. In general, except for a few terminally stupid people like Rush Limbaugh, everyone is very much anxious to see the Republicans take their exit. it doesn't matter if Bush and McCain are seen together or not. They're both toast.

    It's pretty sad that these two guys don't want to really be seen together. Says a lot about how hosed up the country is right now, when two conservatives from the same party don't want to appear together.

    July 23, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. Patrick

    What will they talk about at the Republican convention? A failed war. A failed domestic and international policy? Failed health care? Rising unemployment? The dollar destroyed? Our reputation around the world in the toilet? So much to be proud of the past 8 years! LOL This will be fun to watch.

    July 23, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Bush? Does he still matter?

    July 23, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. Tim from Eugene OR.

    I just love the blogs from Republicans. They sound mad at progressives for how messed up this administration has made America. How can you Republicans even think that putting McCain in office will make things better. Why would you want any Republican become president? If McCain wins, it will really brand your party after four more years of this, and might mean that it will be decades before another Republican becomes president. That is if we don't completely collapse as a great nation. Be glad that Obama or any other demacrat wants to tackle this utter mess that Bush has left.

    July 23, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Obama 08: white, 60 year old woman

    ...do they think the voters are too dumb to realize this...

    July 23, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. GERRY



    July 23, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. Obama Supporter from Texas

    They should let McBush and Bush stand together. They are two peas in a pod anyway...

    July 23, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. Matt

    I wonder who Obama will have with him at the convention. John "I voted for the resolution before I voted against it" Kerry, perhaps. I would have to say the Republicans win on that front.

    July 23, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. conservative

    Must be a real liberal high to run a website devoted to the lefty heavy thinkers that only pat each other on the back for sharing their animosity and hate for Bush and Mc Cain!

    July 23, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. Obama 08 - rocking it baby

    It is nice to see McCain getting media attention – the more he gets it the worst off his campaign is for the attention. I am not sure why he doesn't want to be seen with Bush he mirrors his policies they are one in the same.... Does this mean he doesn't want to be seen with himself? That is sad..... McCain needs to throw up the white flag and surrender....

    July 23, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  16. Spencer Meyer

    BUSH should have been impeached for so many reasons and people really think that McCain is really help America and the world around us?

    people need to see with their eyes not their political views sometimes

    this country is in debt with the same old government

    July 23, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. Earl

    Please Please George get on stage with McWar.

    Give him a big hug and shake hands so everyone can get enough pictures...


    July 23, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. nate

    We caught the BOY reference Texas Trail Dog. No wonder you dont have the courage to post your real name. We have a name for you here in NYC but I cant post it. You allowed it CNN – lets see if you allow my answer back.

    July 23, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. Alvaro

    Aww...What a lovely couple, McBush and Bush! OUCH!

    July 23, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  20. aaa

    hahaahhah dumb!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 23, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. Xavier

    It would probably be better if McCain and Bush didnt stand next to each. They are so much alike in so many ways that it is hard to tell the difference.

    Bush + McCain = McBush

    July 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  22. copperhead

    Texas trail dog...you sound like a typical white racist christian....face it...there's more than a slim chance you're going to have a BLACK president....OBAMA in 08

    July 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. JohnBoy

    President Bush, jr and sr, have done the USA a great service. We owe them a lot of thanks. Geroge Bush will go down in history as one of the greatest presidents because of the wonderful job he has done on the war on terror. Not only did he have to fight our enemy, he had to fight the Democrats at the same time. He has made great decisions and kept our country safe.

    That more than Bill Clinton and the Democrats can say.

    Now it time to elect another great man, John McCain.

    McCain 08

    July 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. Ardnuas

    SMART voters know McCain WILL BE A THIRD Bush term, Bush will be working behind the scenes.

    July 23, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. Incomplete Change

    I will never vote for Barack Obama. He changes far too much! I don't want his excuses and political pandering, I want straight talk. (no pun intended) I might vote for McCain, but I doubt it. Four years with Obama in the White House will make me become Republican.

    July 23, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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