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.

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soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. Tommy

    George W. Bush: best campaign manager Obama...er I mean McCain could have.

    July 9, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Franky


    LOL!!!! Keep it on the low guys, keep it on the low, LOL!!!

    July 9, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Tim

    McBush JR is using daddy to get some money. Why does that surprise anyone. He'll just try to throw him under the bus when he's done. But that won't work because they are joined at the hip!!!!

    No McSameo in the White House!!!

    July 9, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. William,from Cali!

    I stand with G.W. Bush, even when; some of his fellow Party members are afraid of his "approval ratings"; they will still "take the money". Making the "Hard decisions" isn't easy or popular sometimes, but someone has to make them. You can run; but you can't hide from the truth..........................It will catch up with you...............sooner or later! Remember that, DemocRATS! 1/20/2009 is coming !

    July 9, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. No more Republicans!

    Thanks Bush for confirming what we already know, MCWAR as president will ruin this country.

    July 9, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. PCS / North Carolina

    Yeah right. GOP the;
    party of shame,
    party of filthy rich
    Party of relegious fanatics
    Party of ME, ME,ME only ME
    Party of FOX news
    Party of NRA the new KKK

    July 9, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Bush is fundraising, so Jeb Bush, can be named mccain's vp.

    To show you how old mccain is, he doesn't even realize that prez and the other republicans are out to get him.

    Pooorrr mccain

    July 9, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Mark Webb

    "Analysis: McCain's camp highlights differences with Bush" CNN today.
    Guys, don't you red your own posts?
    No McBush, period!

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

    McSame is the world's greatest flip-flopper and CNN refuses to call him on it. He said months ago that we should leave Iraq if the government asked us to. Well now they have and he saiys we will not leave. That's not only a flip flop, it a halh gainer with a full twist!!!!

    July 9, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. The Surly Scholar

    Curious. It's almost as if he's actively TRYING to sabotage McCain. He appears in photo ops with him, he hits up voters for campaign contributions, and he constantly talks about how different they are, even though public opinion suggests that the American people will expect that just about everything coming out of his mouth is a baldfaced lie.

    That's just weird.

    July 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Vote08

    Al they have to do is show Bush over and over again and the Democrats will win the White House.

    July 9, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. baljeet

    Mccain is a true patriot , obama is a slick salesman he preaches change but know body knows what it is that he will change. We need a leader we can TRUST , Mccain is my president.
    A hillary supporter

    July 9, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. M.S. Indiana

    you got Bushed McCain !!!!

    July 9, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |

    This just makes me smile.

    July 9, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. That's Reality

    Chuck – People listen to him because they appreciate the fact that he is willing to stand up to those who support terrorism, fascism, socialism, immorality, etc. Unfortunately, there are some (like you) who don't understand the importance of taking a stand against such things regardless of what polls and other media suggest. Bravo for Bush. The GOP isn't perfect but far better than the Dems.

    July 9, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Tim

    McSame's growing flip flop list!!!
    * McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as “an agent of intolerance” in 2002, but has since decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans “deserved” the 9/11 attacks. (Indeed, McCain has now hired Falwell’s debate coach.)
    * McCain used to oppose Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February.
    * In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending “dirty money” to help finance Bush’s presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.
    * McCain supported a major campaign-finance reform measure that bore his name. In June, he abandoned his own legislation.
    * McCain used to think that Grover Norquist was a crook and a corrupt shill for dictators. Then McCain got serious about running for president and began to reconcile with Norquist.
    * McCain took a firm line in opposition to torture, and then caved to White House demands.
    * McCain gave up on his signature policy issue, campaign-finance reform, and won’t back the same provision he sponsored just a couple of years ago.
    * McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.
    * McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he’s pro-ethanol.
    * McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.
    * And now he’s both for and against overturning Roe v. Wade.
    * He said months ago that we should leave Iraq if the government asked us to. Well now they have and he says we will not leave.
    * The presidential candidate has been saying he would eliminate the so-called "wealth tax" that threatens the non-wealthy. But now he supports a more modified plan.

    July 9, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. kwame

    come on mcain, now ur goinna make it seem like bush made u loose when u lost ur own loss.but its all good buy some insurance wile u can cos this is hardly a smart move

    July 9, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. Bill Stapp

    The Savings and Loan debacle response: It will never happen again.

    The Home Loan crisis response: It will never happen again.

    Katrina response: It will never happen again.

    Katrina supplies response: It will never happen again.

    One would think that from all the huge mistakes that the federal government makes, one would start to think it is underfunded. How can it be that a government that spends far more than it taxes can have these kinds problems?

    And why in the world would I believe President Bush when he tries to appeal to donors that the Republicans should take back the House and the Senate. Just what did the Republicans do that was better than the Democrats other than spend more money than the Democrats did?

    President Bush is a good man. He is an excellent politican. He is a tremendous spender. But he is not believable any more.

    Too bad. He had my respect and my support when he was first elected. His performance as a spend now and tax later leader is puzzling to me.

    I do not see how Senator McCain will differ from that.

    July 9, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. It's a done deal

    Ouch, that has got to hurt!

    July 9, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  20. Doris,Memphis,TN

    As the librarian said yesterday McCain = Bush!

    July 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. It Won't Work

    Like that's going to work. So the fox wants to raise money for the weisel.

    Anheuser Busch & McSame–two peas in a pod.

    July 9, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. BushWho...

    Bush is master of the claim that "any American who wants to be president can". Just put your "X" at the bottom of the page to continue.

    July 9, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. We Gave Already

    We've already given to his campaign–with American blood. Enough is enough.

    July 9, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  24. Never Give A Sucker.....

    Yeah well, I've got some swamp land in Florida, I'd like to sell you....

    July 9, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. Yuck

    Mini Me will get nothing from this household.

    Obama 08, and 12

    July 9, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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