October 24th, 2008
03:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Bush and Cheney cast ballots for McCain

Bush and Cheney have officially cast their vote for McCain.
Bush and Cheney have officially cast their vote for McCain.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush has cast his ballot in the 2008 election, spokeswoman Dana Perino said Friday.

He voted for John McCain, "of course," she said.

Laura Bush, who also cast her ballot Friday, also voted for McCain, her spokeswoman suggested.

"I think Mrs. Bush has been pretty clear that John McCain and Sarah Palin have her vote," said press secretary Sally McDonough.

Vice-President Dick Cheney also voted for McCain, his press secretary said Friday. Cheney mailed his absentee ballot to his home state of Wyoming on October 8.

Bush and his wife's "ballots will be mailed back to Texas today," Perino said. The Bushes "plan to be here at the White House on election night."


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
July 3rd, 2008
02:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Deputy Chief of Staff to leave White House

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Hagin, left, with former Bush aide Karl Rove.
Hagin, left, with former Bush aide Karl Rove.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin will be leaving his job this month, according to White House spokesperson Dana Perino.

Perino says Hagin's last day will be July 20th.

"The President said that he thanks Joe for his service to the White House, that Joe's been a loyal friend, and that he is excited about the next chapter in Joe's life," said Perino.

Hagin sent an email to friends this morning, announcing he is leaving to take a private sector job.

Hagin, an Ohio native, has been with President Bush since the 2000 campaign.

Combined with experience during the first Bush presidency, Hagin has served 14 years in the White House.

Hagin was a behind-the-scenes player, who had a huge role in the post 9/11 reorganization of the U-S government and how terrorist responses would be reformed.


Filed under: President Bush
June 10th, 2008
08:15 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama's VP team raises 'a lot of names' on Capitol Hill

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Jim Johnson and other members of Obama’s VP search team took to Capitol Hill Monday.
Jim Johnson and other members of Obama’s VP search team took to Capitol Hill Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Members of Sen. Barack Obama's vice presidential search team had a "good, long discussion" with top House and Senate Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill over potential running mates Monday, one participant said.

Two members of the team, James Johnson and Eric Holder, met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for just over 30 minutes before heading over to speak with House leaders, a senior Democratic aide told CNN. They wrapped up their sessions Monday evening after a meeting with House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emmanuel, leaving without answering reporters' questions.

But House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he had a "good, long discussion" with Johnson and Holder and added, "They mentioned a lot of names."

"What they're doing is talking to, I think, a lot of people about the alternatives and views that people have about the alternatives," said Hoyer, D-Maryland. Asked whether anyone raised the possibility that Obama's former rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, could be on the ticket, he responded, "I think it would be reasonable to assume that all of the alternatives were considered."

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama