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41 Endorses McCain
Captain's Quarters ^ | Feb. 18, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey

Posted on 02/18/2008 9:57:05 AM PST by jdm

George H. W. Bush endorsed John McCain for president today, which gives an added push for Mike Huckabee to withdraw. Saying that McCain has the "right values and experience," the 41st President attempted to strike a chord with conservatives and generate unity behind McCain:

Former President George H.W. Bush endorsed John McCain today as the man best prepared to succeed his son, saying the Arizona senator has the ``right values and experience to guide our nation forward.''

``No one is better prepared to lead our nation at these trying times than Senator John McCain,'' the 41st president said at a news conference in Houston as McCain stood at his side.

The former president and McCain said Republicans need to draw on a broad base of voters to keep the White House.

``We as a party must unite and move forward and attract not only members of our own party but independents and so-called Reagan Democrats,'' McCain said.

The timing comes as a little surprise. Usually, former presidents stay out of primary contests, but obviously Bush 41 wants to see an end to the divisiveness in the GOP. Having the establishment line up with McCain provides a gentle prod to Huckabee.

Bush 41 joins his more popular son Jeb in endorsing McCain. Jeb probably carries more weight with conservatives than either his father or his brother. In fact, 41 has had his differences with the same faction to which McCain's critics belong, but his profile and his standing with conservatives improved with a little bit of historical perspective. McCain may be hoping for a similar reconsideration with 41's backing.

Michelle Malkin notes that while McCain celebrates the endorsements from Jeb and 41, 43 might be a different story.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008endorsements; 41; bush41; georgehwbush; mccain; mcccain; rinobush; tx2008

1 posted on 02/18/2008 9:57:06 AM PST by jdm
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To: jdm

How thrillng for the party and conservatives in particular!!!!


2 posted on 02/18/2008 10:00:03 AM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: jdm
"Read my lips, John McCain is a conservative."
3 posted on 02/18/2008 10:02:10 AM PST by vox_freedom
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To: samadams2000
This is without a doubt the old fart party. Has anyone under 70 come out for McCain ? Oh right , Juan Hernandez.
4 posted on 02/18/2008 10:03:20 AM PST by fantom
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To: jdm

Note to McCain campaign,

Refering to anyone who is critical of your guy as the “Far right” like George Bush 1 just did in endorsing McCain, is NOT going to help you “build a bridge to Conservatives”.


5 posted on 02/18/2008 10:03:21 AM PST by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: jdm

Still not voting for you John.


6 posted on 02/18/2008 10:03:28 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Don't think I can vote for you John, I'm feelin' like a maverick.)
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To: vox_freedom

LOL - that is exactly what I was thinking. Wasn’t this the guy who called Reagan’s economic policies “voodoo economics,” only became pro-life when it was apparent that it was a political necessity and then raised our taxes?

He was great at foreign affairs, as would be McCain.


7 posted on 02/18/2008 10:04:53 AM PST by wastedpotential (A Reagan Bush conservative from OH and ..... an unashamed Huckabee supporter (as is Duncan Hunter))
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To: jdm
Ask me if I care that X41 (Read my lips, no new taxes) endorsed McCain.

I don't care who endorses who.
It's MY decision who to vote for.

8 posted on 02/18/2008 10:05:10 AM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: jdm
WheW! I was afraid he was going to endorse Obama.
9 posted on 02/18/2008 10:07:19 AM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: BallyBill

“WheW! I was afraid he was going to endorse Obama.”

With that endorsement he just did!


10 posted on 02/18/2008 10:09:43 AM PST by dalereed (both)
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To: jdm
41 Endorses McCain

One more perfect example of why I'm not voting for him.
11 posted on 02/18/2008 10:14:23 AM PST by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: jdm
saying the Arizona senator has the "right values and experience to guide our nation forward".

"Forward" means "towards the brink".

12 posted on 02/18/2008 10:18:45 AM PST by Designer
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To: snowrip

Enjoy President Obama, as he plunders your pocket and appoints radical leftists to the bench.

Your nation may well not survive the Obama-nation.


13 posted on 02/18/2008 10:22:45 AM PST by LowTaxesEqualProsperity
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To: LowTaxesEqualProsperity

If Minister Obama is elected, our nation will not survive — even if the name does. Obama will wage the biggest redistribution of the wealth program in the history of Western Civilization. We will soon be living under black minority rule. And our cities will make Hotel Rwanada look like a Club Med. His “church’s” mandates are his Mein Kampf. And we ignore them at our own peril.


14 posted on 02/18/2008 10:31:00 AM PST by lapster
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To: jdm

President Bush Sr. reasserts his right to be wrong one more time. A genuine war hero and a rinos rino.

Regards


15 posted on 02/18/2008 10:31:16 AM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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To: jdm
And the world yawns.

The geek who brought us The Rapist opens his mouth again.

It was Gingrich who threw enough bombs to get the Republican Congressional majority in 1994. It was this clown who complained about Gingrich's audacity ("he's supposed to be my wingman").

The Bush's simply assume that power is their birthright, no matter how badly they screw up. All we get from them is stupid lectures about how we're supposed to get in line and support their latest dim idea.

I stopped listening to drivel like that a long time ago. I'd like to take the "stupid" out of the The Stupid Party, and it starts by getting rid of imbeciles who wag their fingers at us while making deals with the Marxists and Muslims. And of course, one other "M" word which I dare not utter here for fear of being Un-Correct.

16 posted on 02/18/2008 10:33:50 AM PST by Regulator (And What Will America Look Like Under Chief Obama? Zimbabwe)
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To: fantom

Yeah, when Bush and McCain doddered up onto the stage there, it kinda resembled something you might see in a retirement home. Is that the image the GOP is going for?


17 posted on 02/18/2008 10:35:21 AM PST by mtrott
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To: lapster

That is certainly possible.

We’re in 2 wars:
1. With radical Islam. Obama loses this one for us. McCain might keep us competitive.
2. Culture war. Obama defeats us for this one. McCain would be better on judges.


18 posted on 02/18/2008 10:38:47 AM PST by LowTaxesEqualProsperity
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To: jdm; MNJohnnie
I'm sorry, GHWB earned my complete and undying disrespect for his obvious "Wimp Factor" (Taxes anyone?) and, most importantly, being so inept as to have given us Clinton I. Now, because of some of the same problems, his son is poised to give us Clinton II.

MNJ, you are right, these A**hats are not perceptive enough to know they should go home with the one who brung 'em. W would have spent the last eight years cutting brush full time on his ranch were it not for the Conservatives who his Father derisively refers to as "Far Right". What a load from these out-of-touch elites.

19 posted on 02/18/2008 10:52:42 AM PST by TCats (The Clintons Are Not Just Wrong - They Are Certifiable AND Dangerous! See my Page)
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To: jdm
``We as a party must unite and move forward and attract not only members of our own party but independents and so-called Reagan Democrats,'' McCain said.

Ummm. I don't remember Reagan acting like a democrat to attract their votes.

20 posted on 02/18/2008 10:56:51 AM PST by McGruff
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To: MNJohnnie

A lame-ass failed president endorses a lame-ass, fake “Republican” senator. Gee, I’m so excited.....NOT.

Maybe Bush the elder and McCain can borrow some Viagra from Bob Dole.....then they can be REALLY excited about each other!


21 posted on 02/18/2008 11:10:55 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (Change.....that's what we will have left in our pockets if a Democrat gets elected president!)
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To: jdm
Endorsed by the man fired by the republican voters. LOL

One old geezer to another!

22 posted on 02/18/2008 11:45:27 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation
Maybe Bush the elder and McCain can borrow some Viagra from Bob Dole.....then they can be REALLY excited about each other!

And then together perhaps see TWO THOUSAND Points of Light?

23 posted on 02/18/2008 11:54:41 AM PST by varon (Allegiance to the constitution, always. Allegiance to a political party, never.)
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To: jdm
The timing comes as a little surprise

That's why they held this press conference in a hanger at Hobby airport. No unpredictable surprises from anybody outside the party mouthpieces... yelling, "Anybody but McCain!" Couldn't afford having McCain blowing a gasket.

*NOTE: Budweiser Barbie let here hair back down ... guess she wasn't feeling as regal today.

24 posted on 02/18/2008 4:30:06 PM PST by exhaustedmomma (McCain: You don't have to love him, you just have to fall in line)
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To: jdm

“41 Endorses McCain”

Libs of a feather....


25 posted on 06/06/2008 7:41:12 PM PDT by Grunthor (McCain sucks, Obama blows and the United States is screwed.)
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To: samadams2000

You forgot the sarcasm tag.


26 posted on 06/06/2008 7:41:49 PM PDT by Grunthor (McCain sucks, Obama blows and the United States is screwed.)
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