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Bush Calls McCain a 'True Conservative'

By Zachary A. Goldfarb
President Bush today defended Sen. John McCain's conservative credentials against critics within the Republican Party, calling the Arizona senator a "true conservative."

In his most expansive comments yet on the 2008 presidential election, Bush said on "Fox News Sunday" that McCain is strong on national defense and taxes and is pro-life. "His principles are sound and solid, as far as I'm concerned," the president said.

But Bush acknowledged that McCain has "some convincing to do to convince people that he is a solid conservative." The president added, "I'll be glad to help him," should McCain win the GOP nomination.

With former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Rep. Ron Paul (Tex.) still in the Republican race, Bush avoided endorsing any nominee. But he repeatedly took to the defense of McCain, whose string of victories last Tuesday has given him a commanding lead.

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politiciannc:

The Constitution requires every President to be a "natural born Citizen" not that he (or she) be actually born in the United States -- it is clear that foreign-born Americans at the time the Constitution was adopted were also eligible to become President, provided they met the age and residency requirements -- McCain is a "natural born Citizen" no doubt about that. Besides, you really think the Roberts Supreme Court is going to PUNISH John McCain for being born while his U.S. Navy ADMIRAL father and mother were sationed abroad?!

Utahreb:

To answer your questions: yes.

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

WE have had 7 years of a born-again, "I have God on speed-dial" president who says he is a Christian and a conservative. Is our country better for it?

We are squandering the legacy of our children, the war has killed thousands of our finest young men and women and wounded many more thousands, our economy is in shambles due to this administration's lax oversight and also its debt to foreign countries, we are now known as a country that uses torture and rendition, and the president considers our Constitution "just a piece of paper"!

Not to mention the millions in our own country who are without health insurance, those whose unemployment benefits have run out, the thousands of vets from the wars that are not receiving the medical and psychological care they need, the homeless, the stagnation of the rebuilding in New Orleans and our crumbling infrastructure.

Gosh - doesn't all that give you a warm, fuzzy feeling about the future of our country? If this is conservative government, why would anyone want more of it?

Posted by: Utahreb | February 11, 2008 6:50 AM | Report abuse

John McCain and George W. Bush: Brothers In Amnesty.

Vote for Mike Huckabee. It's not too late.

Posted by: TJMc | February 10, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

John "Amnisty for Invaders" McCain the RINO, IS a True Conservative!

And Putin is a Liberal, Castro and Chavez are Capitalists, Ahmadinebad is Jewish...

Posted by: rat-the | February 10, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

If it takes one to know one, Bush doesn't qualify. He is sort of a conservative, but not a real conservative. And McCain is not a real conservative either, but he is less bad than either Hillary (everyone knows or should know what she is) and Obama is a liberal light weight with a thin resume.

Posted by: dwbalessr | February 10, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

If McCain Eligible to the office of President?
Why the question? Well he was born in Panama.. Therefore under the constitution he does not qualify to the office of The President.
He is a Citizen because both parents are but he is hold under the same rule as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and any other Citizen NO BORN IN THE USA.

Despite widespread popular belief, U.S. military installations abroad and U.S.
diplomatic or consular facilities are not part of the United States within the meaning of the
14th Amendment. A child born on the premises of such a facility is not subject to the
jurisdiction of the United States and does not acquire U.S. citizenship by reason of birth.

Can some Bring this to the Public... is this possible? Under the Constitution he is not permitted to become President.

Posted by: politiciannc | February 10, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

mC cAIN IS A JOKE. bUSH AND HIS CLAN ARE NAZIS DONT FORGET OUR TROOPS AND THE NEGLECT OF RETURNING VETS WHO BUSH DENIES GIVING THEM ANY FINANCIAL ASSIST.BUSH, HIS FATHER AND GRANDFATHER WHO DID BUSINESS WITH HITLER AND HIS GANG. MADE TONS OF MONEY, AND THERE LIES THE TRUTH IN PART, AS GEORGIE-PORGIE SAID, "IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNEW HALF THE THINGS MY FAMILY HAS DONE WE WOULD ALL BE LYNCHED" AND THAT IS WHO IS ROOTING FOR MC CAIN!!!! ONE GIGANTIC FLOP TO FOLLOW #ONE GIGANTIC FAILURE, LIER, AND IDIOT. WHAT A LEGACY!

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | February 10, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that Bush can do, is keep pushing for McCain. Anything Bush says is right you gotta know its wrong and a BIG BIG MISTAKE., WHICH HE IS #oNE EXPERT AT.

bUSH HASEN'T MADE A RIGHT DECISION IN TWO TERMS AS pRES. hE IS A NUT OF THE FIRST ORDER, SO IF HE IS SHOOTING FOR mC CAIN, BEWARE!!!!! Of course there isn't any other Republican in the race., and ONE is more than sufficient


RON PAUL, GET IT TOGETHER. COME OUT AND SHOW WHAT A TRUE CONSERVITIVE IS AND BOOT THIS MC CAIN GUY WHERE IT HURTS(IN THE POCKET). but be careful doc, mccain has a history of BLACKING OUT BY HOLDING HIS BREATH, AND THATS A BEHAVIOR PATTERN OF THIS MAN SINCE CHILDHOOD. HE WROTE IT SO THIS COMES FROM THE HORSES MOUTH.

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | February 10, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

"Bikers" (as in motorcyclists) for Christ?

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

There are signs this morning that the Surge, on which McCain has based his campaign, may be backfiring.
http://jtaplin.wordpress.com/2008/02/10/the-surge-could-fail/

Posted by: Trumbull | February 10, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I know most of you will look at my user ID and automatically stop reading. You will assume that I am an "ignorant" Christian. Isn't that what you call us. We're Christian, so we must be ignorant and uneducated?

Let me reassure you with some credentials. I have been attending college for three years and have maintained a 4.0 GPA. For those of you who do not know what that means, I have maintained straight A's for three years.

That being said, I believe this country is headed for complete destruction. Why? Because we have eliminated the one reason this country was founded: God!

According to the CIA fact page, 78% of Americans are Christians. If that is true, why do you, as a Christian, not consider what Jesus said. Why is the economy, the war, abortion, and homosexual rights more important to you than your soul?

I say that anyone who votes for someone who supports abortion and homosexual marriage and says he/she is a Christian is a liar.

The Democratic Party is all about killing babies and forcing the homosexual agenda on us. It is ridiculous to expect special rights because of the lifestyle one leads. I am an obese diabetic and I want special rights. Where do I sign up to get them? Afterall, that is my lifestyle. (sarcasm)

The only person in this race who is a true conservative is Mike Huckabee. If you are truly a Christian, you know he is the man you should vote for.

God said he would take care of us. Why would you not believe that? Why are you not able to put your faith in God?

Posted by: kathyatbikers4christ | February 10, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | February 10, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

"""Bush Calls McCain a 'True Conservative"""

WHO CARES IS HE CONSERVATIVE OR NOT, BUT IF THAT WAS A QUESTION, THE ANSWER IS NO, HE'S NOT. THAT IS WHY MAYBE HE IS IN LEAD AND IF WE PUT OUR REPUBLICAN PRINICIPALS AHEAD OF OUR CURRENT SITUATION IN OUR COUNTRY, WE ARE DOOMED TO SUFFER. IF YOU REALLY CARE FOR CONSERVATISM, THEN CHECK OUT RON PAUL, BUSH DON'T LIKE HIM AT ALL. HE DON'T EVEN LIKE TO MENTION HIM. RON PAUL IS THE BIGGEST PAIN IN A.. TO ALL POLITICIANS.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | February 10, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Klaatu wrote,
"GW Bush calling McCain a "conservative" is like Spam calling Lard "nutritious and tasty".

That's the funniest line fit for family consumption I've read in days!

Although I'd respectfully suggest you've got it backwards, I think Bush has no nutritious value so he's Lard. Perhaps Bush could use some of his grade-school Texas-Spanish and call McCain Manteca, but I guess that was a line he'd have used in 2000 when Bush wanted us to believe McCain had fathered a black child?

Of course, that suggests a whole other line of comments about illegals from south of the border.

I still can't figure out what the fuss is about 12 or 20 million illegals, aside from the ratings boost it gives right wing talk-radio blowhards as a recurring powerless group to blame. If you don't like them, don't hire them! Tell your neighbors, your boss, the store where you shop, etc. They're here for economic reasons, so when the jobs disappear, so will the illegals.

If you don't like illegals, come on out to the Imperial Valley and pick your own vegetables. Otherwise, accept an increase in winter fresh food costs of 25%.

If you really want to make a change, eliminate the ability for any child born in the US to automatically be a US citizen.

I've managed to run businesses, including construction projects, where everyone is a US citizen, and I still make a nice profit. Anyone who tells you he to hire illegals has a lousy business model or is greedy.

Posted by: boscobobb | February 10, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse


He's a true whatever-it-takes to get your power-horny rear-end elected to some position where you can work out your inferiority issues while others die.

Be proud of that, if you must, but don't expect me to buy it.

Posted by: wardropper | February 10, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Uhm....
Bush is no more a conservative than his father and Richard Nixon were. That is the problem. People seem to think that if one is a GOP member that one is conservative. Hardly. Bush is a neocon Republican. Not a conservative.
Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater were conservatives.
Gosh I thought this was obvious.
It is laughable for Bush Jr. to judge anyone's conservative credentials. He does not understand economics or individual rights. He is a neocon. They like war, tax cuts and unlimited budget deficits so that the economy will be destroyed so that we need war to distract the average American from our domestic problems. And so that their rich military industrial complex buddies (ala Eisenhower's warning) can get rich. The next two years will be very dangerous for the world .....And for us! They will need a war VERY VERY badly. By the way this includes ALL the remaining top tier candidates in both parties. God help us all.

Posted by: RamseySt | February 10, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Paul should have beeb running alongside Kucinich, Edwards, Biden, Obama and Clinton as a Socialist Democrat because that's what he is. Like them, he is against our Nation protecting itself, is moronic enough to state, "America is in no danger of being attacked", continually trashes our Nation to the World, and is an isolationist! So much for Paul being a "Conservative"! I think much of the millions he says he's getting is coming from the Mafia's moveon.org, which runs America's Socialist Democratic Party.

McCain has helped divide the Republican Party and the only reason Bush is showing his support for him right now is I'm sure McCain has reminded George W. he "owes" him for endorsing him during his rerun bid. My Governor, George W., never had any problem crossing party lines to get things done for the people of TX, but when he came to Washington, DC, he encountered the cut-throat politics of the Socialist Democrats whose goal is to replace our Republic founded by our Nation's Founding Fathers and replace it with a Socialist form of Government, comparable to that of the EU (a/k/a UN), who want America to be their "puppet" government in the Western Hemisphere, for their planned One World Government. That's totally against what President Bush wants, which is why they persecute him like they do. McCain is more Southern Democrat than a Republican. That is why most real Republicans won't embrace him.

I lived and worked in Europe for 5 yrs. so I know of what I speak: the Socialist Democrats running for President are the same as the European Socialist Democrats. God help America if any of them is elected President because their idea of "change" won't benefit our people; only hinder their freedom, despite all their lying claims to the contrary!

Posted by: bjmove2001 | February 10, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I guess the definition of a true conservative is someone who abandons all principles and goes for the easy political path. Big Budgets, Torture, Religious infiltration of all aspects of government, anti-science, and incompetent administration at all levels of government. Sounds like the conservative republicans I've observed over the last 30 years.

Posted by: thebobbob | February 10, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

How would HE know?

Posted by: lschmidt001 | February 10, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

GW Bush calling McCain a "conservative" is like Spam calling Lard "nutritious and tasty".

McCain -- or Bush II for that matter -- could be called "conservative" only to the minds of single-issue "pro life" elders of the sort who battled the Hippies when the Hippies led the nation against the war in Vietnam and proclaimed the era of love and Women's Liberation after Roe v. Wade. These are issues about which very few people under the age of 50 -- except for perhaps ideological zealots and religious delusionals -- remotely give a darn.

Where is the supposed "conservative right" candidate for a strong economy that doesn't run a cent into deficit? Where is the "conservative" candidate that will put troops on the borders so that nobody will get in without permission? Where is the "conservative" that will stop wasting money on the absurd re-do of Prohibition, the so-called "War on Drugs" that has failed more miserably and at far greater cost than the alcohol Prohibition?

Where is the supposed "conservative right" candidate that can both oppose abortion on secular moral grounds while support the right to choose of women who have no other choice? Where is the supposed "conservative right" candidate who starts believing this nation's great corps of scientists and engineers who say we need a crash course of rebuilding the nation to gain energy independence and save the planet?

Where is the "conservative" candidate who will realize that the best thing we can do for the developing world is to only buy their products if they're earth-friendly and not worker-exploitative, and will only grant foreign aid to nations with active population control programs? Where are the Conservationist Conservatives?

Where are the "conservative" candidates who understand that SANITY is a prerequisite of Conservatism?

Where are the "conservative" candidate who understand that another prerequisite of Conservatism is that you never, ever, make false promises and you especially do not lie to nor disappoint the base that elected you?

The "compassionate conservative" who could do none of this -- especially the sanity part of it -- now seeks to pass the mantle of lies, deception, backstabbing the base, and outright pandering to any special interest with the express goal of destroying the America which alone is the true patria of the conservative base... the America of the Middle Class.

I've voted Republican all of my adult life, which is to say since Reagan. McCain is no Ronald Reagan, he's not even up to the standards of Jimmy Carter. Even Gerald Ford would call McCain a "liberal weasel lying his way into the henhouse".

We need a viable and serious Third Party and/or Independent Candidate. As it is, rather than see a continuation of the ongoing train-wreck of society of the last 7 years, I'd rather vote for Hillary Clinton because she at least is honest about wanting to turn the country upside down and inside out.

But in truth, whichever Democrat seems most likely to actually get control of the borders by relocating the Iraq War to where it belongs -- against Mexico's quiet insurgency -- is the Democrat that will get my vote. About half of the Republicans I've talked with who are under the age of 50 or so all agree: they'll pray for mercy on their souls, and vote their best to sink the Republican Party into its grave with this election, for having the audacity to try to have us vote for a puppet masquerading as a figurehead for the Chairmans of the Boards of the corporate schemers gutting the middle class and driving the poor towards open revolution.

Given a choice between Fascists pretending to be sharing caring religious type folks, or outright Commies who at least can credibly pretend to sanity, the choice is clear. We vote to put that poor old dog, the Grand Old Party, out of its suffering and misery.

We'll mourn for a while, and then go get a new dog. That last one wouldn't hunt, anyway.

Posted by: klaatu1 | February 10, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Great, so let's have a photo shoot of Bush and McCain kissing each other on the cheek.

I'm sure the endorsement of this wildly popular, competent, and effective president will work WONDERS for McCain's already energetic campaign!

PS that was sarcasm

Posted by: chrisfox8 | February 10, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

i looked in his eyes and i could tell he was a conservative. putin i mean! no no not mccain,putin!

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | February 10, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Yes, from one who spends like a drunken sailor on shore leave, to another who came close to opening our borders to 20 million plus illegals with amnesty. These guys aren't conservative. What exactly are they conserving?

Posted by: dude_wheres_my_country | February 10, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

And what does a big spending big government fascist like Bush know about conservatives?
He knows they're dumb as rocks. He knows they'll buy anything you try to sell them. Including McCain.
I mean really, these people are slow on the up take.

Posted by: eco-pharm | February 10, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

A true conservative is Ron Paul. Not only would he runs things by the constitution he would certainly be fiscally very conservative:

Ron Paul & Economics - Saving the Economy; Saving America

http://ronpaul.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=37

Posted by: davidmwe | February 10, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Isn't that like a Can O' Cheese, calling a Processed Cheese slice, 'The Real Cheese'? Bush sure isn't a fiscal conservative, he's been writing in red ink since he arrived. Is conservative just mean BIG government by corporations for corporations? Thats Bush conservatism. Conserve nothing. I'm not sure thats helpful to McCain.

Posted by: timbern | February 10, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

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