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

Romney tight-lipped on Bush's convention role

Romney remained tight-lipped on Bush's role at the convention.

Romney remained tight-lipped on Bush's role at the convention.

(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. The T

    Liar Liar

    July 8, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Hans-Erik Iken

    McCain is trying really hard to keep his ties with GWB out of the limelight.

    That does not change the fact that he is adopting more and more of the flawed policy decisions Dubya made, nor that he is gladly taking the money he raises for him.

    The people are not stupid and will see through all this fog. In november they will voteObama into office, kick a few more republicans out of the Senate and Congress and punish the GOP for the mistakes they have made and are continuing to make.

    Voters are not cattle that can be led around as you please. It will take a real punishment in the pollingbooth before they will finally understand that I guess.

    July 8, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Foreign observer

    Bush is not a big devil ! He was urged by people like Romney, Cheney, McCain to show up his worst side.

    July 8, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Anita from Arizona

    Bush is the Republicans bad egg. McCain better reconsider letting him speak.

    July 8, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Dumbya and Dumbyaer

    Despite plummeting approval ratings and even pressure from his own party–he stood his ground for what he believed in. That's character.

    No that is stubborness and stupidity

    July 8, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. Renee, NJ

    Don't stop at George Bush. Let's get all the Bushes on stage to remind American of the past, the present and the future. In the past we had George Sr., who did nothing, now we have GW, who was even worse (THE WORST PRESIDENT IN MODERN HISTORY), and now they're talking about Jeb Bush–NEVER.

    America, let's learn from our mistakes, no more Bushes.

    Obama 08

    July 8, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Cheryl

    I want to see 'confirmed bachelor' Charlie Crist as McCain's running mate.

    July 8, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. Larry, Hazleton, Pa

    Not sure if it should be McBush, McSame or McAnything – maybe he is really the Manchurin Candidate who has been schooled to destroy our coountry.

    July 8, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. randy

    why is this guy still relevant.always try to put his name on the news.
    mitt romney,i have one word for you, LOSER.

    July 8, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. Foreign observer

    It is so yellow not to stick to the President who did his best for multi millionaires like McCain and Romney.

    July 8, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. Todd Gardner

    It is one thing to criticize someone or objectively set out another point of view, but those of you who have chosen to use this section for name calling and disrespecting the views of others, I suggest you rethink your motives. You may not agree with McCain or Bush, but to strike out at them in this way only degrades the author and his ability to express his feelings in a meaningful way. So keep looking back at this site as you do and patting yourself on the back for being published.

    July 8, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Rick

    And perhaps Obama the Clown will have his biggest supporters on stage with him.......Jeremiah "My Spritual Advisor" Wright, Mahmoud Achmadenijad, Kim Jong Il, Hugo Chavez and, of course, William Ayers.

    July 8, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. Lori

    Every family has some old aunt or uncle they keep in the closet!

    July 8, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. RJ

    Success for the GOP is to put John McCain on stage as little as possible. Hire a jazz band and tell them McCain is on his way, anything to keep people awake. Put him on in the last hour and then wisk him away. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    See, it's happening already.

    July 8, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. Dave in IL

    Listen to the roar of the unwashed rabble!

    July 8, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. Daniel

    andrew s & martin,

    The whole FLDS and extra wife thing are little old by now... let's be a little more creative... GROW UP!

    July 8, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. Cynthia

    Don't try & hide him. Put him out front along with Senator McCain in prime time – you can't tell one from the other, they both are .................

    Mitt Romney is in a bad position, he running behind McCain like a puppy big time because he wants to be VP and McCain can't stand him but needs someone with his business sense. It will be interesting to see if he picks him.

    July 8, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. Robert

    McCain is a better choice than Obama anyday!!! Keeping the House and Senate Democratic will ensure an evenhanded dealing with the issues most important to the people – not the Parties!!!

    Vote American....Vote for Country....Vote for McCain!

    July 8, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  19. Sacto Joe

    He can run but he can't hide. Bush is the dead, stinking albatross around the neck of the Republican party.

    Of course, it's not really Bush that's the problem. Bush is a GOOD Republican!

    The problem is that the Republican Party sold it soul long ago to the powerful and well-heeled. They are enslaved, and will remain so until they've had the guts to look at what they've become and why.

    McCain is a GOOD Republican, too.

    Enough said.

    July 8, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. anymous

    no more bush

    July 8, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Nom Deplume

    I was just on the Obama website. I noticed that he curries to every conceivable minority. I also noticed that he has nothing to address the average white guy. Who's the divider?

    I follow the comments here, and it scares me that some of you are actually going to vote. Please don't have kids, they might be like you.

    I could make a strong argument to most people in this country that, with Obama in the WH, energy prices will not come down, inflation will rise, wages and benefits will go up but unemployment will rise to 8 or 9 percent, crime will rise dramatically, taxes will rise on nearly everyone that gets a W-2, the stock market (and your pensions and 401(k)s will tank; and access to health care will decline as employers dump health care benefits on the government, doctors stop accepting medicare, and doctors leave "high risk" professions like OB in droves.

    Obamanuts will say I don't know what I am talking about. I just have a BA in polit. science, a JD (with high honors), and a Masters in tax law, so I can't be as smart as some slacker in tie-dye, right?

    But I don't fear Obama, and think that this country needs a purge. Yes, he will introduce the most left-wing, socialist leaning administration in most of our lifetimes, but I figure we have only 8 years of such damage at most before we come to our senses. Probably less, once the new GOP majority in the Congress renders him irrelevant. Also, I am a tax lawyer and will benefit from Obama's new laws that drive capital offshore and force corporations to restructure their benefits. And as for the market, I am short the market and long on oil/gas, and, like Obama did, taking gains now and buying tax free munis. Good times!!!

    Tax Lawyers for Obama!!! Yes We Can!!!

    July 8, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. Batman

    Certainly McCain is hiding Bush, and he should do this. Simply because it's ridiculous to link, as the media is doing, a candidate to the incumbent. Bush is another type of Republican, one that McCain won't emmulate. However the press and the many narrow-minded voters insist in saying they're the same. Thus the need to hide.

    July 8, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. Kylan Veibell

    Mitt Romney is not a member of the FLDS church. He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or the LDS church. Similar in name yet extremely different in faith. Polygamy is not a practice of the LDS faith.

    July 8, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. tedious898

    I used to live in Ft. Myers Florida. Let me say this about people like Patrick of Ft. Myers – There are smarter people there than he.

    Thank Goodness!

    Listen Patrick..don't waste all your time berating Barack. Simply speak to the qualities of having J. McCain as our President. Opps...there are none.

    Americans ...this time lets hire the smart guy!

    July 8, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. Bush Is A Crook

    Put the whole team on stage, Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rove, Brown, Rumsfeld, and then take them away in handcuffs–the crooks.

    They are the usual suspects who should be charged for crimes against the country.

    I know the Nixons are smiling because for once there is a president that is more reviled than their father. That president is GEORGE W. BUSH.

    You'd better believe we're not crazy enough to vote for Mini-Me after GW.

    July 8, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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