Skip to comments.George Bush's Campaign Team Joining John McCain
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.
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.
Better McCain than the serpent Hillary.
McCain is the candidate, I stay home. No more Dole's, thank you.
George Allen/Mike Pence
Never the Manchurian Candidate or the left wing Rudy!
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.
dinosaurs ? Did you think Reagan was one too back when he was campaigning in '79-'80 at nearly 70 years of age ?
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.
>>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.
Repubs go Dhimwit - film at 11.
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.
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.
Ummm...I think you posted to the wrong person.
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.
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.
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.
I've never voted for a third party before......a guess there's a first time for everything.
I'm not to proud to vote for McPain if that's what it takes to defeat Hitlery.
Thats the straight truth right there.......
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.
Doesn't matter. Both parties are the same. One lies better and doesn't run from a fight.
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.
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.
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!
Actually, I have respect for Dole. Can't say that for McLame.
Reagan was in far better health...and younger, than John McCain.
Mccain has every chance (and likely the best chance) of keeping another Clinton out of the White House, however.
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.
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.
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.
I hope it is George Allen. It is freightening that Bush people would sign up with someone so closely tied to George Soros.
There is absolutely NO WAY the country will go for Jeb Bush being on the ticket in 2008.
This just talk.
There was no way the nation would give Clinton a second term either.
I think the dionsaur comment is for the functions of the brain rather than age.
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?
However, McCain will attract a lot of Dem voters who hate Hillary.
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.
I will never vote for Mc.Cain.
See my post #42.
I agree with you!
All I can say is PLEASE run Condi!!
Right now she is my only hope!!
I think I can find something to do around the house that day.