July 9th, 2008
03:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Bush makes fundraising appeal for McCain, congressional GOP

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(CNN) - President Bush’s name has appeared in plenty of fundraising appeals this campaign cycle – most of them sent by Democrats eager to capitalize on his chronically low job approval ratings. On Wednesday, the current White House occupant signed onto a message on behalf of the man who would replace him - presumptive GOP nominee John McCain - and his embattled fellow Republicans in Congress.

“Dear Friend, As a dedicated Republican grassroots leader, will you work with me to see to it that we keep the White House and retake the U.S. House and Senate?” reads a fundraising e-mail which is written in the first person but co-signed by both Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan and “George W. Bush.”

“…Your generous donation to the RNC is the single most important contribution you can make to ensure we maintain the White House and regain our majorities in the U.S. Congress,” reads the message, in which the president says he is "optimistic" about GOP chances this year. “Friend, I am looking forward to the campaign ahead. I am excited about taking our message to the American people. With your help and hard work, there is no doubt in my mind that we will win.”

The president’s title may not make it into the body of the fundraising appeal, but a slightly dated campaign artifact does make an appearance: the link next Duncan’s name – which directs supporters to a GOP fundraising site featuring a photo of Bush in the Oval Office – is GOP.com/StopHillary.

Filed under: John McCain • President Bush
soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. Bob, Austin, TX.

    Sit down George... you're sinking the boat...

    July 9, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan

    Dear Friends, oh please! What????
    Go to General McCain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
    Keating 5, McCain Bill and lists goes on... Who ever would want this cheat, thief, lair, crybaby, Bush#2 to be our next President is NUTS!
    I am truly concerned the people of America are lazy and dumb and take the easy road out. DO YOUR RESEARCH!
    Obama 08 at least we will have a CHANCE

    July 9, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. Shane

    I would not give a penny to the RNC. How fun to watch Bush asking for money-that will insure success 🙂

    After watching what the Republicans have done to this country, how they view and treat the disabled and elderly , I have changed my party designation from Republican to Democrat.

    Republicans SHAME ON YOU! You are a disgrace to America!

    July 9, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. david


    July 9, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. GO AWAY!!!

    CNN_On Wednesday, the current White House occupant signed onto a message on behalf of the man who would replace him — presumptive GOP nominee John McCain — and his embattled fellow Republicans in Congress...........YOU speak with a FORKY TONGUE!!!!

    July 9, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Johnny Mac is bad cheese gone worse

    Actually, I think this appeal may stimulate more donations to Mr. Obama! Thanks for the reminder!

    July 9, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. Typical White Person

    Barack Obama last year: I "unequivocally oppose giving retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies. Granting such immunity undermines the constitutional protections Americans trust the Congress to protect."

    Barack Obama today voted FOR immunity for telecom companies that gave information without a court order as the law requires.

    July 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  8. white people for obama

    for all you people still saying that McCain isn't Bush, well here u go, he is the same. It's like looking into a mirror.

    July 9, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  9. Peter

    Amazing..less than 30% approval rating yet he wants to be the guide to bring the Republicans back.

    The scary part is that 30% who will buy this stuff and send them money. Why? They're stronger on terrorism? They're going to ban gay marriage and abortion? It's all about the Boogie Man, isn't it?

    July 9, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. Matt Man

    Well this should certainly get McPain's campaign going fast........downhill!!!! Doesn't the President get it yet that everything he touches turns into Ka Ka!!!

    July 9, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  11. Republican who loves OBAMA

    McCain is a 3rd Bush term!! McCain=Bush, McCain+Bush=more war!! Vote to restore America's credibility, vote for Barack Obama!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 9, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. L

    President Bush, you can fund raise for McCain because you still have a huge conservative base and you belong to the Republican party.

    Everybody knows that McCain has always gone his own way when he felt it was the right thing to do, so dont really get how these morons can compare McCain to you. Anyway, its not like McCain is an independent, so of course he's going to follow the republican party line most of the time.

    July 9, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. Agnes

    Bush and McCain one in the SAME.

    SAME lies.......
    SAME policies...........
    SAME war...........

    Ain't it ASHAME.

    Where is Karl Roves? Is he in jail, yet?

    July 9, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  14. JohnLee

    Where's your oil producing buddies at? They've made billions...can't they not lend you some of that for the political race? Or are they just too greedy!

    July 9, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  15. Helen, NY

    Thanks Mr. President. We need you to unite th party behind John McCain. Vote John mcCain.

    July 9, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  16. Jim

    I guess my e-mail address has been black balled from your acceptance list. Can't seem to get you to print my comments. Gosh I wonder why...................we wouldn't want the mindless groupie liberals to start using their own minds and we know they won't use their own money..............because first you need to be an individualist who takes responsibility for your own actions and actually works for a living. Rather than joining diverse group of people who use the Government as a life long partner, like every teenager with an illegitmate child, or the research scientist who wanted to make some cash answering the age-old question why monkeys grind their teeth, or some poor demented hippie who considers himself to be a meaningful and talented artist, but who just can't manage to sell any of his artwork on the open market.

    The truth is what your readers dont' want to hear. What is evident is the mentality and education of many of your bloggers.

    July 9, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  17. FactCheck

    McCain should just end the convention by pulling off his face to reveal George W. Bush. A quick "gotcha suckers... heh heh" will follow.

    July 9, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  18. suzyku

    Two losers! They deserve each other but this country deserves much better!
    OBAMA '08

    July 9, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. Shannon

    McCain = Bush, oops, I forgot we are not supposed to say that, looks like I will be receiving a citation, and have to go to court.

    July 9, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  20. Terry


    July 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  21. Terry

    It's not about "Age" rather it's about McCain's policies for the country going forward that will decide his fate in the General. It is really too bad the Republicans will not let him go and be himself. Sorry McCain your party has dealt you a stack cards that have no chance of beating the Democrats in the fall. The congressional seats will change dramatically with Obama on top of the ticket in each state. Get ready for change across the country.

    July 9, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  22. Brian Phoenix AZ

    Isn't it amazing that only 12 people have bothered tp comment on this?
    That ought to tell you something.

    July 9, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. Vig

    Bush would do McCain a big favor if he would just go away.

    July 9, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  24. Scrambler

    These twins are joined at the hip. McCain is simply running by proxy – no doubt about that. He's not only pushing Bush's policies, but also ensuring that Bush keeps them on target. Oh boy, we'll die if McBush gets elected.

    Another Vet for Obama

    July 9, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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