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. James, TX

    There is no doubt in my head that McCain will win with or without the Bush Nominations.. and that means the election to president too. America is not ready for a nation run solely by democrats. You think times are bad now, the democrats ideas will have us hated even more by foreign countries and destroy what little we have left of our economy.

    February 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. La Raza

    Stay away from anything "Bush."

    February 18, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. JOHN


    February 18, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. 2amdmt

    Well this looks like a collection of socialists waiting for their govmt to give them a handout. No doubt, all city dwellers with no regard for those that don't live in their little city world.

    Most of the posters here probably believe that the government will protect them from criminals breaking into their house and doing bad things to them. A typical "let the government take care of us" line of thinking.

    So, now that the economy is teetering, both liberal candidates promise to give us socialized medicine. Show me how that is considerate of our economic times. Economic wizardry?

    February 18, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Deborah

    Dynasty at all costs. When Bush 41 ran for reelection against Bill Clinton, the vast Bush empire pulled out all the stops to maintain power. Many of the same players in that failed effort are now the same figures endorsing John McCain so McCain has sold his soul to the devil and his minions for the oval office. The irony is, this will not succeed. The American voting public has cleared stated they want real leadership – not "me-tooism" - whether it is an unpopular republican puppeting the disastrous policies of the current administration, or the two democrat front runners who seem to be plagiarizing one another right and left. NONE of these three have ANY real hands on experience running a government! Give us EXPERIENCED LEADERSHIP to vote for! MIKE HUCKABEE - hang in there fella!

    February 18, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. SaneTexan

    RE: Janice
    There you idiot Republicans go again! You want to blame Clinton for 9-11 but you don't even mention that it happened on Bush's watch and that he and Condi were warned ahead of time and didn't take the threat seriously. I would definitely say the ball falls in the Republican court!

    February 18, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Peekay

    endorse mccain, leave 8 yrs of democrats and that would good time for JEB.

    February 18, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. DJ in TX

    To Bayou Joe – you insult African Americans and women by stating that both would vote for Dr Rice just because she is a woman and African American. I highly respect Dr Rice for her knowledge and accomplishments, but as an African American, I would not vote for her just because of her race. She represents the policies of President Bush and I 100% disagree with those.

    Citizen 123 – I Agree with Closely Watching – I could never vote for Hillary Clinton. As a lifelong Democrat, she is just too polarizing a figure to be able to get anything done. If I were to CHOOSE not to have a healthcare plan, I don't want my wages forcibly garnished to do so. If she won, I would most likley stay home or vote McCain (the only GOP I could ever vote for)

    February 18, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Did anyone see Bush and McCain shuffle to the microphone during the endorsement. Bush and McCain shuffled like two cute little old ladies crossing the street.

    February 18, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. gail

    I'd like to know why the Republican Debate between former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Senator John McCain, that was suppose to be scheduled to take place on February 28th, 2008 has been canceled? It was to be sponsored by the Ohio Republican Party, but has since been mysteriously cancelled.

    People need too hear where they both stand on issues it is important.
    I know some think their endorsement cements things and the media just plays along, because of who they are, But everyone that votes should be heard too our vote is our endorsement. Let us decide

    February 18, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. William B Lewis

    The Bush family has so little credibility today in America (amongst both Republicans & Democrats) that Senior Bush's endorsement is meaningless verging on unhelpful.

    February 18, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. SPQR753

    Is George Bush Sr. the same guy that , in the early '90s was talking about a 1,000 points of light, WHATEVER IT MEANT??

    February 18, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Richard, FL

    "Where was President Clinton when the world trade center was first bombed in 1988! He had higher priorities……. Monica!" "Look into the history and what happened on the two attacks….once you understand it, give me a shout." j – Janice
    Janice, here is your shout. Looking into history, you will find that in 1988 Bill Clinton was governor of Arkansas and hadn't met Monica. History tells us that the World Trade Center was bombed in 1993.

    Bush's reading of "The Pet Goat" was only equaled in history by Nero fiddling while Rome burned. Tapes show that Bush was told about the second attack on our nation and NEVER ASKED A QUESTION or made any effort to get more information. While 290 million Americans were in shock and wanting to know what was going on, our commander-in-chief, the world's most powerful military leader decided his time could best be spent by reading a child's book. As Karl Rove explained, Bush "didn't want to alarm the children". What a disgraceful performance by an incompetent military leader.

    Since then, Bush has said that he "isn't that concerned" about bin Laden. That is the kind of leadership that Republicans want.

    February 18, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Rabbit 66

    Reality is it's been either Democrat or Republican (just alphabetical order here, don't read into it) for hundreds of years, one side wins, the other looses, but in every case "We the People" lose because they don't act on our behalf any longer, only party lines...

    February 18, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  15. Brad

    George W. Bush is a has-been and has no place endorsing anyone, especially after having provided us with his son in the White house, not to mention Jeb and Marvin. There is no room in America for dynasties and hereditary kings (or queens).

    February 18, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. ed

    picture looks like a couple of old republicans getting some on the job training at a funeral home as a way to get a discount when there time is up. They may have started too late.

    February 18, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. James

    So much for McCain...........LOL.

    February 18, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. ABG

    Bush 41 & 43 endorsing John McCain? That's a far cry from the election where McCain ran against Bush 43. Didn't he say back then that McCain was too old and not really a war hero? I remember his attacks on McCain were nothing less than vicious. What has changed since then? McCain became even more moderate but quickly changed his stance to conservative. The Democrats will win this one!

    February 18, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. kathleen, illinois

    What a big surprise. And Condeleeza and Bush are in Africa.
    I love it that the people from Africa are asking Bush about Obama.
    Bush pledged Millions to Africa to be donated within the next
    7 YEARS. Is he trying to sabatoge the legacy of the upcoming
    Democratic Party. I know that they are plannning a Republican
    win in 2012. ROMNEY

    OBAMA 2008

    February 18, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. J. Matthews

    The endorsement by Bush 41 is a great boost for John Mcain. But I doubt whether John Mcain is the man who can handle the crises that we have both on the domestic and foreign front.

    February 18, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. Nan

    Too bad he didn't say that in 2000.

    February 18, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Bob, Roxboro, NC

    No surprise here. We haven't had a decent President since Harry Truman. Our leadership now thinks that ignoring the American people and embracing foreign interests is the way to go.

    When a dollar gets more respect than a person,,we're done for. That time is at hand.

    February 18, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. LW

    Mark What does the African Americian vote have to do with this topic? Both democratic candidates plans are ninety-five percent identical, why not choose the candidate with the peoples' best interest at heart.....Stick to the topic! Bush endorsing McCain means that there will be more deception on the horizon.

    February 18, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Lt Webb

    Mccain is To Old for president . And he is a Liberal Democrat / he and Kennedy two of the same." This idiot runs on his military / war record and waves it like a flag, then voted against Veterans and Soldiers.

    February 18, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  25. Cosmic Comedy Queen

    Who else is there to endorse that has half a shot? Duhhhhh!

    February 18, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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