February 18th, 2008
10:31 AM ET
11 years ago

Former President Bush endorses John McCain

HOUSTON (CNN) - Former President Bush endorsed Sen. John McCain for the presidency on Monday, saying, "No one is better prepared to lead our nation at these trying times than Senator John McCain."

"Few men walking among us have sacrificed so much in the cause of human freedom," he added.

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Filed under: George H.W. Bush • John McCain
soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Shannon Shiflett

    Bush 41 calls this "trying times" - YEAH, THANKS TO YOUR IDIOT SON - his opinion is rendered irrelevant.

    February 18, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    The kiss of death for the McCain camp. Lord help us if he wins!

    February 18, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Anonymous

    George H. Bush should endorse John McCain he seems to like most of GW's policies......Who in their right mind would want 4 to 8 years of another GW...

    February 18, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Roger, SC

    George H. Bush should endorse John McCain he seems to like most of GW's policies......Who in their right mind would want 4 to 8 years of another GW...

    February 18, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Every Vote Matters

    I love John McCain but, In Senator McCain I see a great hero who struggles to maintain his composure. I see a Candidate who has shown time and again how he loses his presence of mind and temper over little things that are out of his control. I see a Candidate who could lead us to premature preemptive action when delicate diplomacy is required. I see a Candidate who will make a tense situation worse. I see a Candidate who needs a staff to manage him. How can we have a President who struggles to handle the little things and think he will somehow be different facing Vladmir Putin or Ahmadenajad?

    February 18, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. burnham scott

    Whether McCain wins or not has become irrelevant. He just will never make the cut and be elected President.

    February 18, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Citizen123

    If Obama won the nomination, I will vote for Republican. CNN - please count how many people have said that. You will hold responsible ultimately for your unfair and imbalanced news report for this primary election.

    February 18, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Kevin,FL

    This Is Just another reason why McCain will lose in November

    February 18, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. kevin from alaska

    John McCain's military strategy is way too personal. He seems to believe that because we've already lost so many soldiers in Iraq and other past wars that we must continue to wage wars and kill more soldiers in order to vindicate the deaths of other soldiers.

    When do the wars end John?

    February 18, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. mike

    A failure of a president endorsing another soon to be failure.

    No real news here cnn.

    February 18, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. El Truth

    Not sure that getting an endorsement from the most disliked President since Hoover is such a hot thing. McCain might have been better off had Bush endorsed Obama since this next election is going to be very much an anti-Bush "no more retards for our president" election.

    February 18, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. j

    Great News------- for the Demos. The best Bush can do for McCain is to stay in Africa.

    February 18, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    John McCain is an example of picking a 71 year old man to drive a race car at 150 miles per hour. Events in our world are occurring too fast for a 71 year old to grasp especially one who is only focused on war. John McCain doesn't concern himself with the economy and doesn't chose to. This is a mult-task world we live in and leaves no room for single minded people to function. Wake me up when this John McCain nightmare is over.

    February 18, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. RENEA,PLYMOUTH,MI

    ALL REPUBLICANS ARE COMING ON BOARD SINCE JOHN McCAIN VOTED ALLOWING IMMUNITY TO THE TELECOMS IN THE FISA BILL AND VOTED TO NOT CALL WATER BOARDING TORTURE!

    February 18, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Puddytat

    I WISH PEOPLE KNEW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ELECTION AND AN APPOINTMENT !

    February 18, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Ricky Marlin, New Orleans, LA

    A failed president who was father and endorser to his son, another failed presidency, endorsing a senile liberal Republican seeking another failed presidency.

    It doesn't get much better than this.

    February 18, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. txpoodoo

    I find it funny that the media and the Republican party in general is trashing Huckabee for staying in the race; that he is keeping the party from consolidating. In my opinion though in staying in the race, he is "forcing" the right wing of the Republican Party to embrace McCain. To do otherwise would show weakness to the Democrats and the general population. They (right wingers) have to accept McCain, otherwise they are fearing a fractured base.

    We have seen it from Romney and now we are seeing it from the Former President.

    Huckabee is doing exactly what the Republican party needs right now....it seems that only he is aware of that.

    February 18, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    McCain looks older than GHW Bush.

    February 18, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Mike

    Birds of a feather flock together. And sing the same tune.......read my lips............I will NOT INCREASE TAXES!!! Hah, hah, hah.....

    February 18, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. bk

    Read my lips...No new Republicans

    February 18, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. TheLeftNut

    Papa Bush,

    Could you please ask your son "Where is Osama Bin Laden?"

    I keep asking, but, ya know... he's busy in Iraq.

    Thanks
    Victims of 9/11

    February 18, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Ian

    I think the former president misspoke himself. I think he meant to say "governmental freedom", not "human freedom".

    February 18, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Patty Atlanta GA

    isn't this the last Bush to ruin the economy? we need real CHRISTIAN leadership. A two timing liar like McCain doesn't cut it. How many woman did you cheat on before you wife caught you! What kind of judgement does that show????

    HUCKABEE SAVE US!!!!!!

    February 18, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. TheLeftNut

    "No one is better prepared to lead our nation at these trying times...

    It's the media's fault.

    February 18, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  25. Puddytat

    WELLL.... there is the final blow 'ay ?
    So how long have these slew foots been planning the destruction of the Republican party ???

    Ohhh ... I'd say since DADDY GEORGE stood before congress and barfed out " WE HAVE NOW ENTERED THE NEW WORLD
    ORDER ".... wonder how much they made off that betrayal of the U.S.A.

    Will 'ol George be riding with JUAN MCCAIN on the B.S. TRAITOR EXPRESS?

    February 18, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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