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George Bush's Campaign Team Joining John McCain
NewsMax ^ | 2/6/06 | NewsMax

Posted on 02/06/2006 5:56:11 PM PST by wagglebee

With the 2008 presidential election less than three years away, more than a few members of President Bush's campaign team have begun to migrate to the current GOP frontrunner, Sen. John McCain.

According to Newsweek magazine, Mark McKinnon, Bush's longtime media adviser, has told the president he's ready to leap aboard McCain's "Straight Talk Express," unless brother Jeb or Condoleezza Rice change their minds and get into the race.

Among Bush fundraisers, the biggest catch, says Newsweek, is Tom Loeffler, a former congressman from San Antonio, who is a Bush-family loyalist and helped build Bush's money machine in 2000.

Ron Weiser, who was Bush's finance chairman in Michigan in 2000, has also joined McCain.

However, in a bizarre observation considering the Arizona maverick's frontrunner status, McKinnon told Newsweek: "I'd rather lose with McCain than win with somebody else."

Other presidential hopefuls scouting for campaign talent include Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist, Virginia Sen. George Allen and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Notably absent from the competition: former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was leading McCain in most GOP presidential preference polls last year - but has done little to advance a presidential bid lately.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008election; allen2008; bush; frist2008; gop; gwb2008; jeb; mccain; mccain2008; romney2008
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My money is still on George Allen.
1 posted on 02/06/2006 5:56:13 PM PST by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee

If you liked Bob Dole in '96, you'll really love John McCain in '08. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory by nominating dinosaurs.


2 posted on 02/06/2006 5:58:55 PM PST by peyton randolph (As long is it does me no harm, I don't care if one worships Elmer Fudd.)
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To: wagglebee

Better McCain than the serpent Hillary.


3 posted on 02/06/2006 5:59:08 PM PST by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: wagglebee

McCain!?!?! AAARRGGGGHHH!!


4 posted on 02/06/2006 6:00:14 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: wagglebee

McCain is the candidate, I stay home. No more Dole's, thank you.


5 posted on 02/06/2006 6:00:27 PM PST by gathersnomoss
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To: wagglebee

George Allen/Mike Pence

Never the Manchurian Candidate or the left wing Rudy!


6 posted on 02/06/2006 6:00:48 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (“Don't approach a Bull from the front, a Horse from the rear, or a Fool from any side.”)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

Better our serpent than their's hugh. Nah. Not this guy.

If they can't do better than McCain, they don't deserve my vote.


7 posted on 02/06/2006 6:00:54 PM PST by DoughtyOne (If it's a "Religion of Peace", some folks just aren't very religious.)
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To: peyton randolph

dinosaurs ? Did you think Reagan was one too back when he was campaigning in '79-'80 at nearly 70 years of age ?


8 posted on 02/06/2006 6:01:17 PM PST by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: peyton randolph

Dole never had any chance of beating Clinton and everyone knew it. Mccain has every chance (and likely the best chance) of keeping another Clinton out of the White House, however.


9 posted on 02/06/2006 6:02:34 PM PST by Catphish
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To: wagglebee

>>However, in a bizarre observation considering the Arizona maverick's frontrunner status, McKinnon told Newsweek: "I'd rather lose with McCain than win with somebody else." <<

...but Mark McKinnon is a democrat.


10 posted on 02/06/2006 6:03:06 PM PST by sissyjane (Don't be stuck on stupid!)
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To: wagglebee

Repubs go Dhimwit - film at 11.
:+(


11 posted on 02/06/2006 6:03:43 PM PST by xcamel (Exposing clandestine operations is treason. 13 knots make a noose.)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

I think it will definitely be George Allen in the top spot. The VP nomination may depend a lot on what states he/she can deliver. I like Pence, but it may be somebody with more name recognition.


12 posted on 02/06/2006 6:04:02 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: sissyjane

ANy of u purists want a Shrill for a President better back any Repubby who runs against her....I think most of the nation will as well...she can't do it...she is vitril and caustic, nasty and a extremist.


13 posted on 02/06/2006 6:06:02 PM PST by Republic Rocker
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To: Republic Rocker
ANy of u purists want a Shrill for a President better back any Repubby who runs against her....I think most of the nation will as well...she can't do it...she is vitril and caustic, nasty and a extremist

Yep, and McCain will beat Hillary like a cheap drum.

14 posted on 02/06/2006 6:08:13 PM PST by sinkspur (Trust, but vilify.)
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To: Republic Rocker

Ummm...I think you posted to the wrong person.


15 posted on 02/06/2006 6:08:51 PM PST by sissyjane (Don't be stuck on stupid!)
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To: wagglebee

This is a good thing.

They'll fix McCain alright, and his campaign will leak like a sieve. He will get no traction. (It's like the Clintons depositing Dean at the DNC... set him up to fail, have a plan B that makes you look really smart)

I respect McCain's service to our country, there's no argument with that.

But the man's a lunatic, no two ways about it.


16 posted on 02/06/2006 6:08:51 PM PST by IncPen (Torture should be safe, legal, and rare.)
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To: wagglebee

Well, if the S.S. McCain sinks, they can always leave and get on board one that floats. But I must say this appears to me to be a foolish move.

There's not much to choose between hillary and mcMainiac. Electing either one of them would risk destroying the country.


17 posted on 02/06/2006 6:09:32 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Catphish

McCain has a real potential to sway a huge number of conservative democrats. He may have a beef with hard line conservatives because of SC 2000, but I can definitely live with McCain. There is no way I am staying home in '08, unless I want to wake up depressed on the morning of Nov 3.


18 posted on 02/06/2006 6:09:54 PM PST by HarmlessLovableFuzzball
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To: wagglebee

I've never voted for a third party before......a guess there's a first time for everything.


19 posted on 02/06/2006 6:10:26 PM PST by fiftymegaton
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To: fiftymegaton

I'm not to proud to vote for McPain if that's what it takes to defeat Hitlery.


20 posted on 02/06/2006 6:11:42 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

Thats the straight truth right there.......


21 posted on 02/06/2006 6:12:31 PM PST by cmsgop ( Cindy is just another Taco in the Chavez Fiesta Platter............)
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To: Catphish
Mccain has every chance (and likely the best chance) of keeping another Clinton out of the White House, however.

The media owns John McCain. They created him and they own him. President John McCain would call the MSM to ask for permission to go potty.

22 posted on 02/06/2006 6:13:17 PM PST by Common Tator
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To: wagglebee

Doesn't matter. Both parties are the same. One lies better and doesn't run from a fight.


23 posted on 02/06/2006 6:13:26 PM PST by Snoopers-868th
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To: wagglebee

Again, the Republican kingmakers are going to push McCain down our throats. And while I helped campaign for George Bush in the last two elections, I won't do a single thing for John McCain. Not the least of which I wouldn't vote for McCain if the GOP put a Hillary Clinton to my head.


24 posted on 02/06/2006 6:15:47 PM PST by Spiff ("They start yelling, 'Murderer!' 'Traitor!' They call me by name." - Gael Murphy, Code Pink leader)
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To: Spiff

I don't think McCain will make it. There's still two and a half years to the nomination and it would not be a huge shock if his cancer reappeared.


25 posted on 02/06/2006 6:17:36 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: Catphish
McCain has every chance (and likely the best chance) of keeping another Clinton out of the White House,...

If you want to define the path of the Republican party based on what the stupid Democrats may or may not do, you have already conceded defeat.

McCain has no chance at all really, but go ahead believing the leftist sycophants in the media, they really know and want what is best for Republicans... NOT!

26 posted on 02/06/2006 6:19:34 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: gathersnomoss
McCain is the candidate, I stay home. No more Dole's, thank you.

Actually, I have respect for Dole. Can't say that for McLame.

27 posted on 02/06/2006 6:20:20 PM PST by D Rider
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

Reagan was in far better health...and younger, than John McCain.


28 posted on 02/06/2006 6:20:36 PM PST by peyton randolph (As long is it does me no harm, I don't care if one worships Elmer Fudd.)
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To: wagglebee
I voted the Constitution Party last election because I saw how liberal Bush was.

Unless the Republicans can come up with someone better than McPain, I still go Constitution Party.
29 posted on 02/06/2006 6:22:15 PM PST by liliesgrandpa (The Republican Party simply can't do anything without that critical 100-seat Senate majority.)
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To: Catphish
How does he win when Democrats vote for the democrat and Republican stay home?

Mccain has every chance (and likely the best chance) of keeping another Clinton out of the White House, however.

30 posted on 02/06/2006 6:23:23 PM PST by DManA
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To: wagglebee
I like George Allen, but I fear his star has fallen lately. Right now, unless Condi runs, I am picking a dark horse: Mitt Romney.
31 posted on 02/06/2006 6:26:24 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: wagglebee

Well that makes one of us. I refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils. If somehow the conservative wing of the Republican party begins losing big I can only hope that the people of this country will recognize soon after their folly and return it to power. If it takes Hillary to wake up the American public then so be it, I however don't think she can even win the Dem primary. And having said that I think all it will take is one respectable candidate in the Republican primary and McCain is toast.


32 posted on 02/06/2006 6:27:03 PM PST by fiftymegaton
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To: wagglebee

No!


33 posted on 02/06/2006 6:29:15 PM PST by Peach (Islam is an army disguised as a religion (Freeper Hoosier-Daddy))
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To: wagglebee
I think it will definitely be George Allen in the top spot. The VP nomination may depend a lot on what states he/she can deliver. I like Pence, but it may be somebody with more name recognition.

George would be just fine with me and so would Jeb Bush. In fact, George and Jeb, or Jeb and George would be fine with me, both men of physical stature. We need real men like this to tower over the short, fat old hag if the Demorats run her.

34 posted on 02/06/2006 6:30:19 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: Pukin Dog

Allen hasn't even really started campaigning yet. He is giving one of the main speeches at CPAC this weekend (I believe he is speaking right after Cheney), this may give a good indication of where things are going.


35 posted on 02/06/2006 6:30:56 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

I hope it is George Allen. It is freightening that Bush people would sign up with someone so closely tied to George Soros.


36 posted on 02/06/2006 6:31:08 PM PST by paguch
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

There is absolutely NO WAY the country will go for Jeb Bush being on the ticket in 2008.


37 posted on 02/06/2006 6:31:59 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee
McPain isn't going to win the Republican Primary. In 2000, he'll win the first few states as they have open primaries and the Democrats will cross over but once he gets to South Carolina, he'll be DOA yet again. After that, he won't win another state except for Arizona.
38 posted on 02/06/2006 6:32:15 PM PST by COEXERJ145 (Despite Popular Opinion, Tom Tancredo Does Not Support Deporting Illegal Aliens.)
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To: wagglebee

This just talk.


39 posted on 02/06/2006 6:33:16 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (© 2006, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: wagglebee
"There is absolutely NO WAY the country will go for Jeb Bush being on the ticket in 2008."

There was no way the nation would give Clinton a second term either.

40 posted on 02/06/2006 6:34:37 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

I think the dionsaur comment is for the functions of the brain rather than age.


41 posted on 02/06/2006 6:36:22 PM PST by Big Mack (I didn't claw my way to the top of the food chain TO EAT VEGETABLES!)
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To: wagglebee
I know FL's Favorite Gov has already said he's not running in 2008, but I also notice someone's already got the JEB 2008 bumper stickers for sale HERE.
42 posted on 02/06/2006 6:36:23 PM PST by summer
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To: wagglebee
One of Murphy's laws: "The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlight of an oncoming train."

Looking for a Republican train wreck in '08. McCain is a RINO with less charisma than Bob Dole.

President Bush has a lot of political "capitol", doesn't he?

43 posted on 02/06/2006 6:37:06 PM PST by manwiththehands (From a fellow FReeper: Being an "angry" conservative makes me a "fringer".)
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To: manwiththehands

However, McCain will attract a lot of Dem voters who hate Hillary.


44 posted on 02/06/2006 6:38:19 PM PST by summer
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To: Cyber Liberty

The most important concern that I and I believe all conservatives should have for 2008 is keeping Hillary and Bill out of a return engagement in the White House. If that means supporting McCain, then I will vote for him. While I do not like McCain's position on many domestic issues, he is strong on defense and national security. Therefore, he is much much preferable than the Clintons. We conservatives should not be like the Naderites who thought algore was not 'pure' enough. Clearly we are smart enough to recognize that McCain is much better for the country than another dose of the Clintons.


45 posted on 02/06/2006 6:38:26 PM PST by jackstalk
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

I will never vote for Mc.Cain.


46 posted on 02/06/2006 6:38:39 PM PST by patriciamary
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To: CWOJackson

See my post #42.


47 posted on 02/06/2006 6:38:51 PM PST by summer
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To: fiftymegaton

I agree with you!


48 posted on 02/06/2006 6:39:54 PM PST by patriciamary
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To: Pukin Dog

All I can say is PLEASE run Condi!!

Right now she is my only hope!!


49 posted on 02/06/2006 6:39:57 PM PST by sissyjane (Don't be stuck on stupid!)
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To: gathersnomoss

I think I can find something to do around the house that day.


50 posted on 02/06/2006 6:40:30 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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