March 5th, 2008
01:30 PM ET
15 years ago

Bush says he wants McCain to win presidency

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" President Bush greets Sen. John McCain and his wife, Cindy, at the White House on Wednesday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush endorsed Sen. John McCain for president on Wednesday, saying the presumptive Republican nominee has the "character, courage and perseverance" to lead the country.

McCain thanked the president for his support and the work he has done in the Oval Office.

"I appreciate his endorsement, and I appreciate his service to our country," said McCain, adding that he wanted Bush at his side as much as possible on the campaign trail.

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  1. Vi

    I am surprised that Cindy would stand by Bush who once accused her of being a dope addict. Don't think I could be that power hungry. A man who defamed my character would not get a smile from me. Doesn't say much for Mc Cains respect for his wife and adopted child. They must think we don't remenber campaigns of the past. Mc Cain to choose Jeb Bush for Vice President. We know he can't choose Crist cause he has social issues that are contray to family values.

    March 5, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Jimmy Dean

    I'd like to give McCain a left hook to even out his cheeks.

    March 5, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    bush has no other choice, he wanted Rumney. I wonder if they talk about old time when they were running for president together and bush dog him out?

    March 5, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. frank

    Having Bush supporting McCain is like having the local pedophile write you a refernce letter to work with kids. It is a kiss of death for McCain.

    March 5, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Slap Stick, FLORIDA

    Well if Bush really wants McCain to win, he should not have endorsed him LOL. What a joke. Have anyone looked at Bush ratings. PUNCH LINE

    March 5, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Spirit of America

    McSame as Bush is about to have a big reality check from a people who will not be bushwhacked again.

    March 5, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. adam

    First let me start by saying that ANYONE who believes that being a Republican or a Democrat means anything, you're fools who have been duped. Don't you get it yet? They're two faces on the same coin. One party claims to help the little people, one is there to help the rich people, and BOTH of them get to run this government with complete impunity, like they have for over a hundred years. WAKE UP! Sure you say you want change, but other than genitalia and skin color of a president, NOTHING is going to change! And McCain may as well concede NOW, because with his PRO-WAR stance, and over 70% of Americans being AGAINST it, you can easily do the math. Ron Paul would have a better chance of beating Obama or Clinton than McCain- he's more ANTIWAR than all of them! Alas, warmongering Republicans would rather cut off their nose to spite their face, and like the MSM, do everything in their power to ignore Dr. Paul- the REAL voice of CHANGE. So get ready Republicans! Short of a barrage of scare tactics or a terrorist attack, your era is over, ushering in the Democrats to lead us into that Brave New World (Order). Come on America, turn of Idol and read a book already!

    March 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Barb

    It's strategic on McCains part......if you keep the president close by, you can make sure he doesn't screw anything else up to prevent you from winning!

    March 5, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Kenneth

    This is excellent for Democrats. Isn't Bush's approval rating like 30%?
    If McCain wins, I don't want to hear ya'll complaining about nothing, Soldiers coming back dead or with missing limbs, high gas prices, millions without health insurance, just to name a few things. Y'all better vote for the Democrats this time around. Now I know about 30% of our country is hard core racist stupid Republican so these stupid folks have an excuse for voting for McCain. We can't help this 30%. They are just lost. But this is where McCain should max out in voting. Anymore than about 30% tells me that we just got a whole lot of really really dumb folks living here.

    March 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. willowood

    Well how about that. Another entirely meaningless sentence from George Bush. Run, Mr. McCain, run fast as you can and don't look back to see him on the campaign trail. Another "Eagleton" type endorsement.

    March 5, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Pat M Canada

    Bush says he wants McCain to win presidency

    Well this isn't news. Of course Bush wants McCain to win. They're Buds...Made of the Same Cloth, Mindset, two peas in a pod.

    War Monger begets War Monger.

    I wouldnt' be smiling though if I was John as an endorsement from Bush is the Kiss of Death.

    March 5, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Uncle Sam

    John McCain is a man of honor and understands the president's unpopularity but will respect the office. Undoubtedly, John's opponents will try to link the two men. But even John's harshest critics will admit that he is a clone of no man. His record speaks for itself: McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform, McCain-Kennedy comprehensive immigration reform, McCain-Lieberman.........

    March 5, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Jack

    John W. McCain

    McCain/Iseman '08: "I did not have proper relations with that woman"

    March 5, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Bob G.

    Let's try again!

    On Fox news this morning, they mentioned that Bush endorsing Mc Cain would be a Dream for democrats.

    Or will Mcain renounce, denounce, and reject the endoresment during the Clinton – Mc Cain debates in October??

    March 5, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. WA Almeda

    Like Johnson said if McCain is going to have Bush on his side, you might as well say hello to the next Democratic President.
    This may be a sore point for McCain during his campaign.

    I don't understand why he wants Bush on his side. If I were to vote Republican I want a leader different from Bush. This is obviously not going to be the case.

    McCain has disaster on his side.
    Bush was a disaster.

    March 5, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. K.Celina from IL!!!!

    McCame !!!!!!! NO !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Same as Bush politics !!!!!!!
    No!!!!!!!!!! for McCain !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Republicans are goimg to vote for HILLARY !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I have many Friends Republicans and they are going to vote for HILLARY !!!!!!!!!!!

    March 5, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. roger lodge Wisconsin

    obama is a fake
    he is not ready to lead this country.
    he cant even handle the media now that they are finally being hard on him.

    we need a president who will be ready on day one to fix issues, not someone who is just going to delay any changes by continuing to say washington is broken.

    i dont see obama providing relief to the issues we face today. rather he will just focus on trying to mold washington to what he thinks it should be at the cost of making changes...we will suffer under obama probably worse than bush

    March 5, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. Rom, NY

    Simple Math:
    1 loser + 1 loser = 2 losers !!!

    March 5, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    does McCain really think this is going to help?!?!?!

    what is wrong with him?!?!?

    March 5, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Not being fooled

    The respect I had for John McCain being a maverick, a repulican who stood up to this adminstration, who stood independant of his party to make the right choices, even when they were the hard choices, is gone.

    He has no self respect and apprently everything he stood for over the course of his political career apparently pales in comparison to his own personal ambition to become President. He would have done better to not recieve Bush's endorsement at all.

    March 5, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. chris

    wow all you pathetic demecrats realy need to step back and look at your party right now theres not one dang thing to be proud of. you know that bush is going to side with the repubs of course big shocker right ? ok now look at mccain the only one that truely has experience right now hes the only one that has any record of crossing party lines and pushing legislation through. you need to realy think about what YOU ARE DOING TO THIS COUNTRY. you play into the same game as everyone els and still hold your heads high becuase you say one thing and do another. you know what id rather be for the party that does what they do and at least downt tyr to act like they are something els . so please stop making us look bad its you holding us back form being a great as we could have been.

    March 5, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. raj

    John McCain's message and character will be overshadowed by his Bush-bashing democrats and he can say goodbye to independents. The turnout for democrats is more than twice of repulbicans and McCain will need every republican to come out and vote.Coupled with his relationship with extreme right he is an uphill task.

    March 5, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. Black Thought

    The legion of doom.... 2008 is the year for change in this country. This guy wants to occupy Iraq for 100 years. They must be stopped.... If a person does'nt stand for somthing they will fall for anything. It is no surprise that Barack is rated higher amoung educated individuals. Educated people actually process information and make rational decisions. Obama 08..........

    March 5, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. Independant

    Talk about the perfect photo-op. The Democrats couldn`t have a better poster for their candidate than Bush-McCain, arm- in arm.-– PERFECT

    March 5, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. Marie

    Sure, with a laptop connected with the computer of 'his 'supporter'. By the way do they know both how that things works? ?????????? Meaby not..

    March 5, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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