Elder Bush to Endorse McCain
By Michael D. Shear
Former president George H. W. Bush, the father of the current president, plans to endorse Sen. John McCain in Houston on Monday, according to Republican sources familiar with the decision.
The elder Bush has been neutral for the entire campaign, though there were indications that he might have preferred former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. Bush was close to Romney's father, and several of his close aides worked for Romney's campaign. Bush gave Romney a majestic forum last year for his speech on religion.
But Romney's decision to endorse McCain yesterday made it unnecessary to maintain pretenses any longer. McCain plans to fly to Houston to accept the endorsement.
The former president's endorsement is another boost to McCain's efforts to unite the Republican Party, even though Bush was never a darling of conservatives. As an elder statesman, the former president could help pressure former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee to drop out of the race sooner.
The current president has not formally endorsed McCain but has offered to help rally conservatives if the Arizona senator becomes the nominee.
Washington Post editors
February 15, 2008; 1:05 PM ET
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