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Bush Plans Fundraisers for McCain

By Michael Abramowitz
President Bush is finally hitting the campaign trail for presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain.

Well, at least the fundraising circuit.

The White House announced today that Bush will be featured at three McCain campaign fundraisers in Arizona and Utah next week, and Bush will be with McCain in Arizona before breaking off for Utah. Each of the events will be closed to the press, but White House press secretary Dana Perino told reporters that there's "a chance" for a joint public appearance at some point.

"President Bush is fully committed, 100 percent committed, to making sure that John McCain is elected to be the next president of the United States of America," Perino said. "So he'll do what he can, when he can, in addition ... fulfilling all of his duties as commander in chief and president of the country."

McCain has been walking a fine line between receiving fundraising and other assistance from the president and not appearing too close to the unpopular Bush. This will be the first time the two have appeared together in public since March 5, when the Arizona senator came to the White House for a formal presidential endorsement.

Don't look for too many joint appearances in the next several months, but it's very possible Bush will be sent to heavily Republican areas to help rev up the GOP base and raise money for the party. Said Perino: "President Bush is a formidable campaign fundraiser, as has been reported over the years, and I expect that he'll continue to be."

Posted at 3:03 PM ET on May 23, 2008  | Category:  The Green Zone
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To Andy: Maybe you should study a little bit about who the PNAC are and what their intentions were as well as to see who their members are. Apparently they have taken this website off the internet but some of their members are Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, I Scooter Libby, Richard Perle, John Bolton, Donald Rumsfeld, Jeb Bush and the list goes on. Thy were waiting for a situation like 9/11 to occur so they could enact their agenda of the PNAC which is global control of the world by the US Military. These Neocons were waiting for 9/11, kinda funny Bush showed no expression in the classroom when told of planes hitting the Twin Towers as well as VP Deferment Dick Cheney was playing war games at the Pentagon the day of 9/11. They are all War Criminals and should be judged.

Posted by: morriso | May 26, 2008 10:07 PM

No matter what you think of Bush. The facts remain. We have not been attacked here in the US in 7 years. I doubt "The appeaser Obama" will have that record. And Hillary is too busy dodging sniper fire to care about national security.

Posted by: Andy | May 26, 2008 1:40 AM

The rants and ravings of a bunch of lunatics. Listen to what you are saying. You would rather have a government in the Hague judge YOUR President. He represents your country. Take responsibility and vote. If that doesn't satisfy your batty cravings then go to work for a democrat. But to rant and rave about how a world body that you have no control over and no say in to judge YOUR president. Take responsibility and help change the president.

Posted by: Andy | May 26, 2008 1:37 AM

To Chris: You must be a good boot licking Republican who has had his head up his behind most of his life. Bush and Corruption have broken international laws but you are to incompetent and lazy to realize what they have done is all based on lies. Go crawl back into your world of delusion as you don't have a clue as to what has happened.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 24, 2008 8:14 PM

To the one who proposes charges against Bush and others, one provide the evidence as it will be difficult for you libs and second,ever seen the approval of your lib Congress? It is lower than GW's. DUH!

Posted by: Chris | May 24, 2008 7:56 PM

correction, I mean war AND economic stagnation.

Posted by: eljefejesus | May 24, 2008 3:20 PM

Republicans have the "oldness" to lead the country through another 8 years of war of economic stagnation so that nothing may ever change. Sound good?

Posted by: eljefejesus | May 24, 2008 3:19 PM

I don't relate to very very very old Presidents

Posted by: Anonymous | May 24, 2008 8:28 AM

Wouldn't it be better for American Citizens to start campaigning to have the World Courts in the Hague bring War Crime Charges against President George Walker Bush, Vice President
5 Time Deferment Dick Cheney, Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Condaleesa Rice, Paul Wolfowitz and the rest of the lying Cabal for starting an illegal War based on known lies in Iraq. Would it not be justice to see George Walker Bush, Dick Cheney and the rest of the lying Cabal all in handcuffs and leg irons being being hauled off to the Hague, Netherlands on January 20, 2009.

The old saying what you soweth you will reap meaning they should pay for their lies and transgressions and if it means condemned to death then let it be. If these scum are not held accountable for their lies on this earth they will be held accountable by God and they will not be allowed into the Kingdom of Heaven but condemned to the anals of Hades for their lies and transgressions on this earth. George Walker Bush claiming to be a Christian is like Adolf Hitler saying he was sorry for having six million Jewish killed.

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Posted by: 9270yb8im8 | May 24, 2008 6:21 AM

Liberals are so immature. I figured I'd see a fart reference here. Grow up.

Posted by: makingmesick | May 23, 2008 8:16 PM

Looks like it's all coming together for the best. This strong, putrid alliance will thankfully give all of the slower Americans less room for error when voting in November. Then again...

Posted by: WilyUSA | May 23, 2008 5:51 PM

Ahh yes another closed door fundraiser. How appropo. Goes along with the closed door politics, closed door session with the oil industry and closed mindedness of the current administration.

Nobody wants the cameras to be on when they all start goosestepping and proclaiming further allegiance to Ze new verld order!!!

Posted by: Sparky | May 23, 2008 4:24 PM

I accept your apology.

Posted by: JakeD | May 23, 2008 4:11 PM

Sorry Jake, seriously, I despise people who quote themselves, I won't do it again.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 23, 2008 4:10 PM

Whew, for awhile I was worried people might think McSame would bring a breath of air to the moribund Republican party.

Nope. Bush, the "formidable fund raiser" will make sure he does not stray too far to the center.

This news reminds me of the post I made earlier today...

"McCain will need all the money the RNC can raise, he could never raise enough money from the people who actually "believe in" him. For this reason, he will have to run on a third Bush term platform, the platform of the money donors.

Whether or not people think he is better or somehow different from Bush, there is no wiggle room if the RNC is the money behind the campaign. You like the direction this country is going? A few rich people and Faux news sure do. Go ahead, vote to stay the course, vote for John McSame."

Posted by: shrink2 | May 23, 2008 3:50 PM
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LOL - "breath of air" from Bush's behind....

Posted by: Franky | May 23, 2008 4:04 PM

Even McCain thinks he is too old (before he forgot that also):

Lehrer: Finally for the record, you have not lost your desire to be President of the United States have you?

McCain: Certainly it's been put in deep cold storage. haha..

Lehrer: You haven't lost it?

McCain: Well, in 2004, I expect to be campaigning for the reelection of President George W. Bush, and by 2008, I think I might be ready to go down to the old soldiers home and await the cavalry charge there.

Posted by: Franky | May 23, 2008 4:01 PM

Yeah, shrink2, I saw that the first time you posted it.

Posted by: JakeD | May 23, 2008 3:53 PM

Whew, for awhile I was worried people might think McSame would bring a breath of air to the moribund Republican party.

Nope. Bush, the "formidable fund raiser" will make sure he does not stray too far to the center.

This news reminds me of the post I made earlier today...

"McCain will need all the money the RNC can raise, he could never raise enough money from the people who actually "believe in" him. For this reason, he will have to run on a third Bush term platform, the platform of the money donors.

Whether or not people think he is better or somehow different from Bush, there is no wiggle room if the RNC is the money behind the campaign. You like the direction this country is going? A few rich people and Faux news sure do. Go ahead, vote to stay the course, vote for John McSame."

Posted by: shrink2 | May 23, 2008 3:50 PM

matt:

Do you even read the article / comments? Or, you simply are promoting political-buzz?

Posted by: JakeD | May 23, 2008 3:40 PM

How can the McCain campaign let this happen? Have they seen Bush's approval ratings as of late? Or maybe they're getting Bush's token appearance with McCain out of the way early so no contact will be necessary while votes weyes will be on him from September on.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | May 23, 2008 3:32 PM

Good news for Obama!

Posted by: Franky | May 23, 2008 3:32 PM

Keep in mind there was NO "chance" that Al Gore was going to let President Clinton campaign with him -- Gore even went out of his way to select Clinton's most vocal Democratic opponent as a running mate -- here's what former VP Mondale thought about Bill Clinton's role in that campaign:

"I like Bill Clinton, he has a good record in office in spite of the personal stuff," said Mondale, who also served as Clinton's ambassador to Japan. "But this is Al Gore's campaign and about how we can see him as President. How they handle the passing of the title is for them to decide."

When pressed, i.e. should the outgoing President be a featured player in Gore's campaign. "I'm not involved in it," replied Mondale. "It's up to the Gore campaign."

Mondale's hesitant analysis of Clinton's campaign role seemed to be fairly typical of the attitude of the 4,300 delegates to the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

From members of Congress, to state and county Democratic chairmen, to labor leaders and state legislators, delegates in Los Angeles voiced their allegiance to and admiration for the 42nd President. But when asked whether he should hit campaign trail vigorously for Al Gore, only a handful agreed-and usually with "buts," "howevers," and other qualifications.

Why? For the most part, the delegates who talked with me expressed the feeling that, as North Carolina's Sen. John Edwards put it, "It's very important for Vice President Gore to establish his own identity. . . . Unless he separates himself from the President, he won't be viewed as an independent personality."

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3827/is_200008/ai_n8916946

Posted by: JakeD | May 23, 2008 3:20 PM

this race has officially turned into a reality show:

http://thevote.abc13.com/2008/05/dancing-with--1.html

Posted by: tom abrahams | May 23, 2008 3:17 PM

Nothing wrong with this -- at least it's more than Al Gore utilized Bill Clinton in 2000 -- can Dana Perino stay as White House Press Secretary regardless of which side wins?

Posted by: JakeD | May 23, 2008 3:13 PM

Will they hug again?

Posted by: McBush | May 23, 2008 3:08 PM

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