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
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  1. Texasboo

    This is the kiss of death for McCain. However, He is going to lose now. THe fact that 2 failed former Republican president's are endorsing him will reinforce the failed Bush Republican Administration.

    February 18, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. Larry Buchas, New Britain, CT

    Three Bush's for McCain! No, you can't link McCain with these dysfunctional lunatics. HA!

    You can't bring back Ronald Reagan's ghost. But you're stuck with the only surviving members of Republican presidents. Funny how you never bring up the Bush name during debates. Wonder why?

    February 18, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Patricia Trichon

    Not a surprise-My question is how much of a role is Karl Rove and the Repulican machine playing in McCain's campaign since Bush owes McCain for his support of the Iraq war?

    February 18, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Bayou Joe

    I would have been more surprised if Bush had endorsed a Democrat.
    McCain will win in November with or without the endorsement of the Bush family. He is his own man and only wants what's best for our country and the freedom loving people of the Middle East. If he picks the best person as his running mate (Condi). The ticket is unbeatable. With one swift stroke we have both the Women and the African-American vote sewed up. Condi for VP anyone.

    McCain-Rice in 08

    February 18, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Allentown PA

    our lips say....no democrats!

    February 18, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. TheLeftNut

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

    Papa Bush, your son had nothing to do with our trying times. It's all Bill Clinton's fault.

    Clearly.

    February 18, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    Bush's endorsement won't do McCain any good. He will lose anyway!!! America doesn't need just more of the same that we have had over the last soon-to-be past eight years!!! It gets very, very old!

    Kathryn Irby
    Metairie, LA

    February 18, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. SC

    Big deal.
    Who pays attention to endorsements anyway?

    February 18, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. Janice

    Mc Cain is a great candidate and understands war and the safety needed to this country. Where was President Clinton when the world trade center was first bombed in 1988! He had higher priorities....... Monica!

    February 18, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Big deal. One idiot who knows nothing about the economy except cutting taxes endorses another who knows nothing about the economy except cutting taxes. These tax-cutting-at-all-costs Republican politicians are bankrupting this country, and the next three generations will be paying for their selfish short-sightedness of today. Just another two sub-par politicians, and our country deserves far better!

    February 18, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. Closely Watching

    And citizen123, when CNN is done counting how many people have said "If Obama gets the nomination I will vote Republican" then I think they should count how many people have said the same thing about Hillary. This primary season is going to divide the Democrats so badly that I am afraid that regardless of who wins the Democratic nod we are in for another 4 years of a Republican president.

    February 18, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  12. Lawlesseyes

    Shannon you said it perfectly. 🙂

    Shannon Shiflett February 18th, 2008 10:53 am ET

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

    February 18, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Raj Kishore

    While I am a moderate-Democrat, if Obama wins, I will vote McCain. McCain has the experience, integrity, and bipartisan flare that would make him a great president.

    February 18, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Jerry

    Who else is he going to endorse? Rudy, Mitt, Fred...o yeah there not there to endorse anymore. So why is this getting news coverage? I mean if he was not the only candidate left on the GOP side who actually has a chance of winning then it would matter! Republicans are going to vote for McCain anyhow.

    P.S. Im am an independent who will switch to Democrat to vote in my (PA)Primary April 22...

    February 18, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Dave in Houston

    I heard McCain is Bush 41's second choice - he was a Kucinich backer all the way!

    His last choice is his idiot son as "president for life."

    February 18, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Patrick Anthony Drake

    HAPPY PRESIDENT'S DAY SIR. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

    February 18, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Too late

    Kiss......of......Death

    February 18, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. JOHN

    MCCAIN JUST SAID IN A SPEECH NO NEW TAXES, SOUND FAMILIAR. OLD MAN, WITH OLD FRIENDS AND OLD IDEAS. MCCAIN FANS GO AHEAD AND VOTE FOR MCLAME AND YOUR KIDS AND GRAND KIDS WILL BE DYING IN WARS FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS OR HAS OLD JOHN WOULD SAY, "DYING IN WARS, MY FRIENDS, FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS".

    February 18, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    This endorsement would have been important in the 2000 GOP primary, but not now.

    February 18, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Cwer

    Yup, that is real great. Didn't you endorse your SON too, genius? Thanks George, but no thanks. Now, go away.

    February 18, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. RF, NJ

    Hey Janice, where was W on 9/11/01? Reading MY PET GOAT.

    February 18, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. CandyinFL

    Folks Huckabee is not much better than Bush or McCain. Our one true hope for this nation was all but ignored by the Republican Party (or called crazy) and the MSM. None of the frontrunners will do this country any good, only a REVOLUTION will bring about positive change and hope.

    February 18, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. Jack

    Mr. Bush had his moment in the sun and he has lived his dream of having one of his sons follow in his footsteps. Now is the time fox him to be retired and keep jumping out of airplanes.

    February 18, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. Mark

    HHHHMMM. 50 % of whites are voting for Obama, yet 85-90 % of blacks are voting Obama. The Clintons were the best in the White House of all time for Black interests, yet they can be abandoned for a candiate because he is back ? Shame !, who is the racist here ? Don`t say it is just because pride in the black candiate either !. Shame

    February 18, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. Janice

    Look into the history and what happened on the two attacks....once you understand it, give me a shout.

    February 18, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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