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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.

By Washington Post editors  |  February 15, 2008; 1:05 PM ET
 
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The ELDER Bush? GHWB isn't old by Republican standards! Heck, he doesn't even use a walker.

Couldn't the GOP find somebody with some years on him for the endorsement? Somebody Prohibition era?

Posted by: brightlight | February 18, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

If Huckabee pulls out of the race, our country will lose the over $50 million in economic activity related to the remaining primaries. Democratic candidates will spend that themselves, let alone what the people will spend during the primary.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 17, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney understands what many Media mislead fools do not-Hopefully he will bring it with Himself to McCain's Camp.

It is NOT an Immigration Issue. The reason we have so many Illegals working here, is because we are allowing CRIMINALS to Employ them!

The Magnet has drawn Millions of Invaders in, and they have taken Millions of Jobs-SKILLED Jobs, UNDER the Tax Table! These CRIMINAL EMPLOYERS are abusing the incompetence of our Ferderal Leaders, to destroy our Wages and Communities.

IF, we Legalize the Invaders, without stopping the Criminal activity of the Employers, we accomplish NOTHING but making the DESIRED Workforce, "Undesireable"!

20 Million NEW Illegals would be demanded!

NOW, as Mittster is calling for, if we Bust and Fine Construction, Landscaping, and Aotomotive Employers of UNDOCUMENTED Workers the Existing Fine of $1,000/Day/ Illegal Employment of Workers without proper ID as per W-4 Requirements,

THEN, the Magnet is REVERSED! :-)

Everyone along the Border can then look forward to having Wages rise, opportunities increase, and being able to sit at the end of the Day, sipping Beers and Margaritas, while watching the Invasorios swim South at Sunset! ;~)

Get Ninny Peloser, the Dimocrat worst Speaker ever, to advance HR-1940:Birthright Citizenship Act, make it Retroactive against all Children who's Parents are STILL Illegal, and they can learn to Swim while accompaning their Parents BACK! :-}

"Ohhhh, LOOK! They have their Offspring with them! How ADORABLE!" ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | February 16, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

>>At least he has proven his mettle during times of war...

I am not sure that participating in a war 30 or 40 years ago automatically qualifies you to execute one, particularly one as unorthodox as the war on terror. While I respect Senator McCain's service, it doesn't necessarily make him the best choice in that respect.

Posted by: bethidee | February 15, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

No, Jake, I really don't think he ever embraced that one to begin with. He certainly denounced John McCain many times before deciding he was The One.
I was speaking of things that Mitt used to stand for: a tough stand on illegal immigration, Second Amendment rights, Bush's tax cuts...
(a timetable for Iraq?)

Posted by: bethidee | February 15, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Romney "abandoned" basic Republican principles, like Reagan's 11th Commandment?

Posted by: JakeD | February 15, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure McCain will carry on the wonderful political traditions of the Bush family in American politics. We can all look forward to years of foreign policy disasters, trashed economy and sanctimonious speeches in barely coherent English. At least the late night talk show hosts will have lots of fodder. Come on John, tell us the story about how well the Bushies treated you in South Carolina in 2000 and how, since that felt so good, you snuggled up to the Bush child for 7 years while lied to start a war. Heckuva job George, time to let John McCain carry on.

Posted by: thebobbob | February 15, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm not real sure an endorsement from a member of the Bush family is a grand prize at this point.
For a candidate who has betrayed his party's platform, McCain sure is getting a lot of GOP support. It is sickening to see Romney abandon basic Republican principles to rally behind the man he publicly denounced days ago.
People are sick of politics as usual in this country, the backroom deals, the blatant insincerity, the media manipulation...
What's a good Republican to do? If McCain's nomination is a foregone conclusion, vote for the only candidate with a tough stand on illegal immigration (and a thorough plan to address it), the candidate who stands for Second Amendment rights, the candidate who believes in American sovereignty, who believes in the sanctity of life, who has a n excellent plan to rejuvenate this country's economy...and who never flip-flops on his principles. He's also the only one with true executive experience, as opposed to years of legislative experience as a Washington insider.
I sincerely hope Mitt's delegates flock to support the ONE authentic Conservative left in the race: Governor Mike Huckabee.

Posted by: bethidee | February 15, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

America is at a cross roads and the stakes are high, maybe even our lives.

The Democrats don't seem to even acknowledge that we are at war with a brutal thoat slashing, burn people alive enemy that wants to destroy us. They'd pull our troops away from fighting in foreign countries with the inevitable result of the fight moving to our own homeland.

Like it or not John McCain is the person the GOP has to work with this season. Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul are only delaying the inevitable and demonstrating their lack of party loyalty, and complete lack of statesmanship. If they'd do the right thing and pull out immediately the GOP could gear up early for the political fight of our lives.

Maybe McCain really is the best choice for our times after all.

At least he has proven his mettle during times of war...


http://mittromney.townhall.com

Posted by: justamere10 | February 15, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

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