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Bush Still Bullish on McCain

By Dan Eggen
The White House has made it a general practice to stay out of commentary on the presidential race. But press secretary Dana M. Perino waded into the campaign briefly today when she was asked whether President Bush was concerned by McCain's lagging poll numbers.

"The president is convinced that John McCain has still time to close up this race," Perino told reporters aboard Air Force One. "He remembers when he was running in 2000 and how far he was down before the election, and he came back to win."

Perino is right that Bush staged a comeback of sorts, but the situation was notably different. According to Washington Post polling that year, Al Gore was two points ahead on Oct. 1, which was well within the margin of error. By Oct. 9, after that year's first presidential debate, Bush was up 48 percent to 45 percent. The race remained close or deadlocked until election day, which famously ended in a contested result.

Democrat Barack Obama, by contrast, now leads McCain by up to 10 percent in major national polls, and has broken the 50 percent barrier in some of them.

Perino's remarks came as Bush was flying to Coral Gables, Fla., for a Congressional Trust fundraiser expected to bring in about $500,000. Bush is scheduled to attend a second fundraiser later today in Kiawaleh Island, S.C., with an estimated haul of $1.4 million for the Republican National Committee.

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This reeks of desperation...
Who on earth would willingly give MORE money to Bush after all this?

How about more private corporations?

They have a lot to be thankful to Bush.

Of course they are going to make it look as if it were the "people" who is giving the money.

Just as Hussein is doing. Ergo, the investigation of his foreign donors and the interminable list of donors with names such as :


roowc rpipmz from Arizona

Eouopu@tiaol .com

Posted by: coqui44 | October 11, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

This reeks of desperation...
Who on earth would willingly give MORE money to Bush after all this?

Posted by: dawndavidson3 | October 11, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to know why we, the taxpayers, are paying for Bush to fly on Air Force One to speak at GOP fundraisers. Anyone?

Posted by: larrydurack | October 11, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Dang Bush still feels like there is hope for McCain...
Heck Im going to change my vote now!

I will not be voting for Mccain...

Go Obama/Biden!
Do us proud, show our nation once again that there are people with integrity and wisdom!

Posted by: rubenlruiz | October 10, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Now THERE'S an endorsement

Posted by: JRM2 | October 10, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

"As for that VP talk all the time, I'll tell you, I still can't answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?" --Sarah Palin, interview with CNBC's "Kudlow & Co", July 2008

Posted by: chingy1 | October 10, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Of course:
BUSH sees HIMSELF in McCain.

Posted by: ElMugroso | October 10, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Big Freaking Surprise! ....not.

Bush still loves McCain


McCain still loves Bush...and McCain has proved his love by voting with Bush 95% of the time in 2007 and 100% of the time in 2008.

That doesn't sound very "mavericky" to me:

Posted by: DrainYou | October 10, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

This is excellent news for McCain! Can we hope for a Dick Cheney endorsement as well?

Posted by: youarestillidiots | October 10, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Lost in all this is the Bush administration's recent Gitmo meddling.
At least both candidates in this race agree on closing Gitmo. More on this latest turn can be found at the supercollide blog:

Posted by: ejg1979 | October 10, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

The Real McCain: My ambitions first, country last.

Posted by: BAC-Independent | October 10, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

"Bush Still Bullish on McCain"

Oh man, that's a kiss of death for McCain. At least Dana didn't say Bush thought McCain was doing a heckuva job.

Posted by: bearpaw01 | October 10, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

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