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. Hillary Voter, now voting for Obama!! PUMA's you are Idiots

    GWB, please hang around McCain some more. Please do what ever it takes to sabotage the GOP. Lowest rated President in history. Please hang around McSame some more.

    July 9, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. T GUY


    July 9, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Jamie from San Francisco

    McBush. Who seriously thinks Bush is doing this without any return expectations? Laughable.

    July 9, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. TONY

    Coming from Bush, that ought to get McCain about $1.50!

    July 9, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. ben

    What a shame we can't put al sharpton and wright into a box and ship them somewhere, anywhere they won't be able to use the election to further their own egotistical mania!

    July 9, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Enough Already!

    Not so sure an endorsement by Bush is what McCain needs to win.

    July 9, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Saad from NJ

    I love President Bush.... he cracks me up. I don't think he belongs in this world though.....

    July 9, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Clinton Supporter

    Bush should definitely support McCain-with his own money, as well as asking for help from republicans in general.

    Then he should disappear.

    July 9, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. Ian M

    lol "retake the house and senate." Republicans... nah. Not for another ten years at LEAST. You've done enough damage to this country.

    July 9, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. On_fiayah

    lmao...what a picture of the guy? I thought McCain had no connection with Bush? Well, I guess money is alright to take....Good one Dubya!

    July 9, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Sandy

    Make a fundraising appeal for GAS, FOOD, MORTGAGES, SCHOOLS, EDUACATION, UNEMPLOYMENT something that really matters.

    July 9, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Susan

    I would not give them one red dime. The only thing they will do with a donation is to pay for more war!

    July 9, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Obama fan

    Jack, I guess that this says a lot about McCain=Bush's Third Term, huh?

    Dubbya's even going to finance it for him.

    July 9, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. Matt: honestly

    The best thing for Obama is if Bush strongly starts promoting McCain. The man is an idiot. Leave it to the Repubs to not even use correct grammar. A letter from two people but written in the first person. How did we ever elect this guy? Oh wait, fear tactics and false attacks. The same thing that the GOP is going to start this time.

    July 9, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Real person for Obama.

    For those whom want to label Obama as flip flop. does Obama changed his mind as manytimes as Mccain?

    Mccain has fli flop too manytimes than any body in the race since primary.

    If you said yes please name them and i will count Mccain flip flop numbers.

    July 9, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |

    Do farts have lumps?

    July 9, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. John in Columbus Ohio

    Thanks Bush! You're really helping us make you an albatross around McCain's neck!

    -signed, All Democrats and Independents and Liberterians

    July 9, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Bush for McCain: Told ya, if Bush endorses him, you know he must be bad for the country.

    July 9, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. Okay...

    I agree this is totally a portrail of a Bush 3rd Term!!! Great job RNC!!!

    Veteran for Obama!

    July 9, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. California Gold

    I LOVE IT! "the current White House occupant" Not even comfortable presenting the words President Bush anywhere near the McCain name. ROTF LOL!!!

    If the Republicans and cross-over Democrats were so supportive of "the current White House occupant" to vote for him once or twice, why would they be so reluctant to link McCain with Bush in 2008? LOL!

    July 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. I have McCain's missing Military Records in a Shoebox outside of Toledo

    I wish they had a rotfl smiley face for this blog.

    I'm using it now. :0 ..0 0: ..0 :0

    July 9, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. David in KC

    Little George has sunk his own party as the GOP won't win a presidency for decades because of his inept and corrupted administration. Thank You George, Thank You!

    July 9, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Kevin in Jacksonville

    I'm thinking the RNC's best bet at this point is to keep Bush squarely OUT of the spotlight. He's kind of persona non grata with the electorate right now, and trotting him out to drum up campaign cash isn't going to reflect well on McCain.

    July 9, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  24. Cynthia

    I'm so glad he did this. McCain & the RNC wants the money and doesn't want the the Bush connection but we all know that it is there

    July 9, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. usa

    why do republicans call us friend?they have no friends.they have their money.

    July 9, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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