July 8th, 2008
05:11 PM ET
14 years ago

Romney tight-lipped on Bush's convention role

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(CNN) - It's one of the more tricky political tasks the McCain campaign faces at this summer's Republican convention: how to successfully present an incumbent president whose approval ratings hover at or below 30 percentage points.

Speaking on CNN Tuesday, top John McCain surrogate Mitt Romney remained noticeably tight-lipped about the chances of the party's presumptive nominee appearing with the unpopular president.

"You know I am not much of a choreographer, I have to be honest with you," Romney told CNN Tuesday when asked whether the two men would appear together on stage during the convention. "I don't know how convention choreography is going to work. Of course we want to hear from our president and hear his perspectives.”

Watch: Romney discusses the Republican convention

The White House announced last week Bush would speak on the four-day convention's opening night, presumably long before the Arizona senator touches down in the host citiy of Minneapolis. McCain will accept his party's nomination on the convention's last evening.

Pressed if McCain is willing to be photographed with Bush at some point during that high profile week, Romney said it was a decision for the "political powers-that-be to decide."

"But this is clearly John McCain's convention," the former presidential candidate said. "This is his chance to lay out his vision, for our party and for America, and he is certainly going to be the highlight of this convention and I'm looking forward to it."

McCain has long sought to distance himself from his party's leader, and the two have only appeared publicly together twice since the Arizona senator became his party's presumptive nominee five months ago: once at an official endorsement ceremony at the White House and once before a party fundraiser in Arizona.

Watch: Is McCain like Bush?

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soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. Teddy California

    George Bush will speak on Monday and John McCain will accept the nomination on Thursday. Will George Bush wait there until Thursday to meet McCain? Unlikely. By tradition, the candidate will NOT be at the convention on Monday. It is pretty clear to me they will NOT together over there.

    But George Bush will also speak on Thursday or Wednesday. But this is another George Bush, the father who is more popular than the son.

    July 8, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. DEX

    Sorry guys isn't obvious like with Bush that McCain is just not a smart guy. In fact, he seems dumb. I sure don't want him representing our great country.

    July 8, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. DEX

    Sorry guys isn't it obvious like with Bush that McCain is just not a smart guy. In fact, he seems dumb. I sure don't want him representing our great country.

    July 8, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Sammy

    There is only one kind of bush I like right now. And the one in the white house isnt it.

    July 8, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. Teddy California

    By the way, it looks like Romney will be McCain's VP candidate. McCain said that Dan Quayle was not a good example because he was not ready to accept the VP role when he was selected. According to this logic, McCain would let his possible VP candidate get more exposure. No one gets exposure more than Romney.

    July 8, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  6. Bush Rocks

    Screw you guys. Romney and Bush rule! Oh right. I am on the cnn website I must expect this type of behavior. Why dont you guys listen to someone who isnt mainstream like Hannity. He knows whats up.

    July 8, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  7. TonyinKentucky

    How can it be reasonably argued that a McCain administration would not be like the second Bush administration?

    Same policies.

    Same people running the campaign.

    Same ideology.

    Same goals.

    Same vision.

    You guys should explain how the new style pandering McCain really isn't just McBush.

    Please tell us something other than the no longer deserved "Maverick" label, because that dog simply won't hunt, he's flip/flopped to the typical Republican policies on about everything and has been a rubberstamp for Bush as well.

    July 8, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  8. Brian

    I heard Bush was going to show up with Gonzalez close to the end of the convention and do "skit" where they tear up the constitution and together torture some people on stage to round of applause of everyone in the venue!

    July 8, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. Peter

    tedious898-You are using logic and making sense.

    Don't you know that has no place on these blogs where it's all about raving lunacy?

    July 8, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    PATHETIC!!!!! it'll be one loser following another loser. i hope gramps can stay up that late, maybe they better let mcCON speak first!

    if bush's approval ratings are less than 30%, how come so many dillweeds are voting for his THIRD TERM?!?!? it makes no sense! mcCON is a LIAR, flip-flopper, and his health cannot withstand it. you know the evil-doers like bush, cheney and rove have tlaked about how important VP is, cuz gramps probably wont last 4 years if he made it to the white house. no need to worry, guys, obama's young and healthy!!!!

    July 8, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. Roverat 2


    July 8, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. john

    what i don't get is how mccain accepts money from g.w. bush, both private donations and money from fund raisers setup by bush, himself! but he doesn't dare openly admit such or even mention his affiliation (past or present) with bush. if i were bush, i'd be pissed at mccain. he takes his money and then goes and stabs him in the back. personally, i feel that both of them aren't worthy to lead this nation anyways, so whatever...

    Obama '08/12!!!

    July 8, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. Paula Hussein Mack

    Now this guy scares the Bejesus out of me.. a mormon droid.. YIKERS! Mitt Romney is really dangerous.. and HE is running the MCain show just waiting to jump in there in four years.

    July 8, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Alex_58

    Well, say what you will about McCain (and Romney), but they need to be prepared for a fight this fall. If they are placid or lazy in any way, Obama will run them over.

    Romney sure isn't afraid to fight. Not that it helped in the primary.

    July 8, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Yes McCain has Bush's same agenda and issues in mind. They both say one thing and will actually do another.

    July 8, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  16. Elly

    Romney is a turn off and has a huge arrogant ego and that exactly why he didnt win the republican nomination
    The average american relates to someone more like them who knows what its like to experience hard times
    MCSame and Romney are elitist
    Obama comes from a poor back ground ...he has been there
    he knows and can relate to hard times!!!
    Obama 08

    July 8, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  17. Nathalie

    I think Edwards would make a great VP!

    Edwards was the first Democratic candidate to offer real solutions to the issues and problems that are plaguing the country. Without Edwards ' contributions the Democratic Party would not have a platform today.

    Edwards is the one!

    July 8, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |

    Bush should just stay home, better for everyone, go off in the sunset and move on.

    July 8, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. The truth will set you free!

    Roverat 2

    You'd better watch it as liberal Al Franken called Rush Limbaugh a big fat liar and now Al is in trouble because he did not pay his taxes. What comes around goes around. But, seriously, calling someone names is so childish....can't give a good argument for what and how you believe, so you call people names.

    July 8, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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