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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
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