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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soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Kevin

    If Hillary gets nod, then McCain wins. All the Repubs want to face her as they look at the numbers and realize they can beat her.

    Where as Obama and all of the new supporters and democratic party cant be beat.

    March 5, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Gobama

    Nancy Pelosi is clueless.

    The Republicans are licking their chops as the negative and self-absorbed Clintons caused the Dems to bleed, as they did in 2000 with their scandals that turn off the American people, denied Al Gore and enabled Bush.

    Now, the Clintons and the likes of Pelosie enabling McBush!

    Of course Bush wants McCain to succeed him: In this way McCain can be saddled with Bush failures. lol.

    March 5, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Joe, Ma.

    Who, in their right mind, would pay attention to what George Bush has to say?

    March 5, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Jeannie, Sacramento, CA

    OH goody.... McCain and Bush loving each other. Now, even a vote for Bozo the Clown can get a Democrat in the White House!

    March 5, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Matt

    With endorsements like this...Hee hee

    March 5, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Liberal

    This gives new meaning to dirty politics. Now they're attacking each other on personal levels.

    March 5, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Ratgurl

    Wasn't 8 years of Bush enough? Or is there still too much money available to be "lost" on it's way to the Middle East?

    March 5, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. clarity

    The kiss of death! LOL!

    March 5, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. jenny

    Bush cant help McCain. only the democrats electing a novice candidate will help McCain. AS you seen I will not mention names but crumbles under one week of pressure. This will certainly help McCain

    March 5, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. 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.

    come on cnn why is this awaiting moderation it is not any worse then what the fanatics on obamas and hrc side are doing

    March 5, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. dan

    Wow McCain to the game. Sharpen your teeth while democrates are beating themselves to the death. 100 more years in Iraq. Go Mac

    March 5, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Sonja, Florida

    McCain is under the impression that a president’s is to protect the country; this is the job of our armed forces. Our president is elected to make sound decisions on policies that are in the best interest of the American people. Our president needs to educate himself on matters such as economics, foreign policies and current issues of the people whom he is supposed to represent.
    If there are any treats the President is whisked off to hiding, he is not allowed to pick up arms and fight with our armed forces. If McCain wants to protect us he should vie for the position of a general.

    March 5, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Rlewis Tx

    That is no suprise they believe in the same old corruption !

    March 5, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Peter-FL

    I respect Mr. Bush, however, I am a Republican and I will vote for Obama come this November not for McCain. For the simple reason...I trust Obama not McCain nor Hilary. We need new blood, not another 4 years of a Republican endorsed by Bush. I was surprised to see how can a Union state like Ohio, would actually vote for Hilary. While she was a Member of the Board at Wal-Mart, Unions were not allowed. Union members in Pennsylvania....Wake Up......Even with all the so called experience, Hilary and her husband Clinton ran this country before and it was full of scandals and issues. Millions were spent by Hilary creating agencies to review the issue of a National Health Plan and nothing was done. Keep hope alive for this Country......YES WE CAN

    March 5, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Roxy

    I'm not sure I believe Bush when he says he wants McCain to win. If this was true, he should just get out of the way. The least people see him standing next to McCain the better!

    March 5, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. ED

    Mccain is getting his wish on how to get even with Bush. When he gets into office [never happen] he can screw up everything Bush represents and/or stands for to add to the disgrace he has already brought upon himself and blame it on Bush. JOHN REMEMBER SOUTH CAROLINA. This current admin has brought the most disgraceful and dishonest shame on this country and now they want you John to be there crutch and share this disaster or take the blame period.

    March 5, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. frank Honolulu HI

    This is a fatal error on McCain's part. Why do you think 78% of the people do not like Bush's presidency? Bush doesn't even know the price of oil. So he says.

    March 5, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Bush wants McCain to win only if he will make Jeb Bush his VP.

    March 5, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. S. G.

    My concern with Hillary if nominated for the presidency is I think she will be confused and pressured with regard to how to respond to critical issues because she is a woman...too hard, too soft. Her judgment thus far on one critical issue being the war in Iraq confirms that in my mind. Think about it peolpe! Barack for President!

    March 5, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. Chewbacca

    Thank God that Huckabee withdrew from the race, now Ron Paul will be able to go on and win the nomination.

    Just wait for the convention people.

    McCain hasn't won this yet. The MSM is trying to make people think this.

    Ron Paul 2008. I am writing him in as my candidate for this election.

    McCain was a jerk in 2000, he is a jerk today, and will be one in the future.

    March 5, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. R from Ohio

    Anyone but Obama.

    March 5, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  22. william walsh columbus ohio

    bush should spend the rest of his dribbling life in prison, and anyone he endorces for anything should deny he even exist, probly the absolute most stupid person on earth, how any one person can lack as many brains and still walk is beyond this country,
    dont believe that ? go abroad then and see for yourself, this country is the laughing stock of the world with this idiot in any capacity,his whole regime should be tried convicted and put in prison,

    March 5, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. Vig

    Bush made some comment that he will be sitting at his ranch with his feet up after he leaves off. This is digusting. He started an unnecessary and illegal war, killing off thousands of America's sons, daughters, husbands and wives. The next President will inherit this mess, inherit a staggering deficit and have to reverse all the damage done to our constitutional process. And he has the nerve to say he'll be sitting with his feet up at his ranch. He should be on a chain gang at Texas State prison for crimes against humanity for the rest of his life.

    March 5, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Jim - Tucson

    The headline reads "Bush says he wants McCain to win presidency".
    No duh!
    At first I thought this headline was written by a 3rd grader, but then I realized it's a quote from President Bush.

    March 5, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Mr. M

    Umm...Who asked him anyway?

    March 5, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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