July 8th, 2008
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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. Bulldog

    McCain – puppet mastered by the GOP puppet masters. He will do whatever the GOP and Bush administration tell him to do. The Straight Talk Express is dead.

    July 8, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. jimmy velman

    I just to put an aside from today's politics and comment on the latest Iranian threats directed against America and Israel. to quote one of our greatest Generals Douglas MacArthur : " In War There is no substitute for Victory". and Harry Truman had listened to 5-Star General Douglas MacArthur, we would not have a communist North Korea after the Korean war..General MacArthur wanted to drive the Chinese out of North Korea and defeat the North Koreans decisively
    but was stopped by the then President Harry Truman. Now into today's war threats from Iran, we need a General in Command of all our armed forces when war breaks out with Iran.
    Iran's threats will be backed by dirty bombs with Nuclear material
    as well (perhaps chemical weapons. They dont dare launch biological warfare. However, their missile are well deployed to strike not only Israel but our Forces in the middle East..
    General Douglas MacArthur not only out generaled , out foxed, out maneuvered the enemy, He won his battles with less casualties.
    We have better resources (for war) than any country. What we need
    are fighting Generals who have commanded armies to victory.
    We need a tactical expert like General MacArthur who knows how to overwhelm and out fight his enemies.. Now the Presidential election is months away and War seems likely before the elections.
    If that is the case we need a war experienced Commander in Chief
    To me , it makes sense to elect Senator McCain whether or not war starts before November or shortly after. Iran is bent on making nuke weapons and all the severest sanctions imposed by all the nations will not work.. We may face missile attacks and terror attacks with dirty bombs, but we can weather those ,if Iran is at all able to launch them.. Remember General Douglas MacArthur's words.
    "In WAR, There is NO substitute for Vixtory. Anybody with plain commons sense knows what that entails : We have all the power
    and equipment and ordnance plus technology to "defend" America
    All we need is a Commander in Chief with GUTS and the best Generals to get into War hopefully without the likes of cheney and Rumsfeld.

    July 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Raymond Duke

    To all you people who say we can't afford to build a fence. You need to get the data and see the real cost applied to illegal immigration. Oh wait . I forgot you are the people in college who hasn't earned a dime yet. You have only got your allowance from mom and dad. Boy will you change your mind once you start to have to make a living and pay taxes. One idiot stated that mexicans don't threaten his air condition job in an offive working on a computer. No dummy they don't. The Indians (India) are getting your job. To all you people who support these illegals and say we need them to pick all of our food and build our house. Who do you think did that before illegals. It is easy to solve the money problem for the fence. All you people who support illegals from mexico could give your name to the goverment and say you want your educational loan given to them. In other words pay for your college education.

    July 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. joemarsh

    John McCain is too old.

    July 8, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. William,from Cali!

    To be afraid, of the "approval rating" of one's fellow party member, is one thing. But to not , "Stand up", for your Party's nominated elected President, of these united States;a family member; per se, speaks volumes, about "your party" and some of it's party members' characters'. You could learn some, "Unity", from the DemocRATS. Whether, you agree with the "policies" of the past Administration, or not............... G.W. Bush is still Our President, and this is still, the Unitied States of America...............To all the "G.W.Bush, haters".If "you" want the job, maybe "you" should run for the office, next time; at least it pays, six figures........................................with a lot of O.T.

    July 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Nom – for someone proclaiming to have multiple degrees including a JD, you seem to be awfully short on fact and long on misguided opinion. I suppose, though, that it takes all kinds to move the world, and a high honors JD degree from the local community college is worth something, somewhere.

    July 8, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa

    Tedious 898 : No she has every right to write in hillary this is still a free country is it not.??

    Not everyone believes in your messiah.

    July 8, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Ed

    Hey tpage,

    It figures you'd vote for McSame, since like McBush,
    you don't know how to spell either ! ' Childeren '

    I think your ignorance is causing your fear,
    it's coming, you know you can feel it .......... CHANGE BABY !!

    OBAMA '08

    July 8, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. Bulldog

    Mitt Romney: Support marriage only between a man and multiple women.

    July 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Travis (in the real world

    I only want to see one thing at the Reflipigans convention:

    GW and McWar with their arms wrapped around each other..

    That would get McWar elected.....and at the same time "PRICELESS"

    July 8, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. tedious898

    Brandon...while I do not agree with your reasoning...you make the first real thoughtful statement from that "team of idiots – called PUMA"

    You sound like an intelligent man. I apologize for stereotyping PUMA's as frustrated housewives. However, I would like to point out that occasionally we don't get the candidate we support. I never voted for Bush and felt I knew he would be a failure. I feel that same thing about McCain.

    How about this Brandon....This time let's (as Americans) hire the smart guy? What do you say? If you listened to McCain's positions and can't agree with but a few of them and Obama's positions (similar to Hillary's) why wouldn't an Obama presidency be a better choice? The Iraqi government wants us to pull out. Why would we want to elect McCain to perpetuate that conflict?

    July 8, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. jimmy velman

    Correction: HAD President Harry S. Truman listened to General Douglas MzcArthur....etc

    July 8, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. Brad

    George W Bush is possibly the only speaker who could make John McCain look intelligent by comparison. The repugs need Bush more than they will ever know.

    July 8, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. No McLooser he is so stagnant

    Next President Tpage what are you drinking? McBush /McWar is the biggest looser and stands hip connected with Bush ,Lieberman ,Rove,,Graham, just to name a few crooks the list goes on and on ,move them out,shove them out ,just leave we ain't gonna let you rule anymore after 8 years and far over 4,000 dead warriors and thousands injured a war Bush/Cheney started for no reason only to pad their bank account and after this you have the gall to ask for more of the same by this old croney that can't remember what he said 5 minutes ago and more war and Mc Bush.

    July 8, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. MDB

    Just for the record I see "worst President in history" a lot on these blogs. Just remember George's 29% is still three times better than the Democratic Congress 9% they recieved as of this morning. 9% is like saying Berkley California likes them and everyone else thinks they are buffoons.

    BIFF BIFFINGTON : Were you Al Frankens fluffer at one time???

    July 8, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. Bob Stephens

    I think Bush should be put in the mens room with some towels and a tip jar.

    July 8, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Sean in DC

    I always get a big kick, and definitely take it so much less seriously, when obama-bashers like MARK PDX noodle on and on about obama, feversihly trying to prove how smart and witty they are- and all the while, they can't even spell baraCk's name right.

    how seriously can you take someone who wants you to listen to their political viewpoint and yet doesn't have the cognizance to correctly spell a name that he probably sees in print 50 times a day?

    next right wing braniac, please...

    July 8, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. John

    We Republicans will be sorry one day for turning our back on President Bush. History will be very kind to him. Above all, he will be known as The Great Protector just as Reagan was The Great Communicator.

    Bush gets trashed for two issues: The war and the economy. Try Googling a list of the reasons we went to Iraq; the quotes and proof provided by EVERYONE (Bush, Dems, Britain, Russia . . . everyone) is remarkable. Bush's biggest failure has been not keeping that info at the forefront.

    And I challenge anybody to tell me one economic policy of Bush's that has either led to this current economic downturn or was opposed by Democrats. My friends, it's not enough to simply say, "Bush ruined the economy! He's stupid!" Someone, anyone, do some research and give me one thing that Bush or the Republicans did to cause this slowdown . . .

    July 8, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  19. NPA

    So Romney is back so he can put his foot in his mouth again in his desperate attempt to label anything and everything Obama supports "liberal." That idiot is going to cost McCain this electron. Just watch, in a few days in foot will be going right back to his mouth.

    July 8, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. Maui Kahonu

    Maybe Georgy can show up late every night and scrub the toilets.

    July 8, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. NPA

    The last time we saw Mitt, he told us that opposition to nuclear proliferation is liberal (Just because Obama is against nuclear proliferation). The McCain camp put Mitt in timeout for a few days. But now the confused flip-flopper is back. What is he going to tell us next? That the economy and alternative energy and healthcare are liberal issues?

    July 8, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. ED Fl

    Funny CNN AND MSNBC like to talk about Jimmy cCarter Iran hostages but their political bias and favoritism uses censor ship when the american public want to know more about the Bush , Mccain Cheney hostages of colubmbia are left out of the News and internet discussians, No wonder we have the worst malicious discredited media in my lifetime. In competency today has a corner of the marketplace.

    July 8, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  23. edex, toronto, ca


    July 8, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  24. Richard, FL

    PUMAS are the avid Hillary supporters who told us she was honest, intelligent, trust-worthy and a good judge of character. By going against Hillary now, they are showing that they really didn't believe any of that.

    July 8, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  25. texas DEM


    July 8, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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