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 we are the party base,we should let it be know we do not want McCain.
I have no doubt Jeb has no desire to run but at the same time I think he would be well received by a lot of people who can look beyond his name and look at him on his own merits.
You forgot the barf alert.
McCain is enough to make me vomit - even in my dreams.
I wonder why Newsweek didn't report on the size of McKinnon's bong.
"McCain is the candidate, I stay home. No more Dole's, thank you."
Press & Dems love Mccain ... They are salivating right now.
Remember how joyous they were over trumped up charges in TX on Delay
From the time Mccain becomes the nominee, all that we will here is "Keating 5 tainted John Mccain"
McCain is too old, he has a history of cancer, there is no way he's going to be president. Too bad he hasn't figured that out yet.
I do not believe that.WE need a straight talking republican who not afraid of the democrats and we got a winner.
But .. Gillespie has joined with George Allen. My money is on him.
I understand where you are coming from but it's not just voting for the lesser of two evils in 08. It is the survival of our country for our kids and grandkids. Think carefully about what a demo president - SheBeast or whoever - will do to us....things that can't be undone.
Don'tg be so sure. Imagine campaign finance reform writ large. McCain, while good on some stuff ( and I like the letter to Osama Obama, wish he'd kept it private) can be pretty off he wall on other things. He can also be pretty mean.
The left's worst nightmare (and the fringe right): a Bush/Rice ticket.
The good : McPain will hopefully get beat in the primary like last time .
The bad : McPain will have a temper tantrum and form a third party movement as revenge .
The ugly : Hitlary wins the general
The surreal, but plausible: If Hitlary fails to get the Dem nomination , she will join McPain on that third party ticket, McPain/Klinton '08
Allen will suit me fine , but I think a Romney/Rice ticket would be ideal if they are right on the culture issues (guns/abortion/taxes).
My heart is with you...my money is not.
I voted straight republican ticket in 04' here in AZ, but I damn sure won't make that mistake again in 08'! Muck FcCain - and Specter too!
Mine too. If McCain or Giuliani get the nomination I'll vote Constitution Party.
Why are they wasting time/money/energy on John McCain? IMO, he's a loser right out of the gate.
Reason #1 not to donate to anything Republican.
McCain ain't Reagan.
LOL! I love it, now all we need is a Bush/Rice sticker.
I too understand where you are coming from. It then becomes an issue of trust and I don't trust John McCain, period. But you and I share concern about the future of this country and that's why I will vote in the primary and hopefully convince a few others as well.
I always said that was the winning ticket -- and, I still think it is. Who knows what will happen. Maybe Gov Bush will be out of politics for a year and miss it so much he jumps into the race at the last possible minute. Lots of drama in that. Plus, a big sigh of relief from a lot of FL voters who would be happy to voter for him again, for whatever.
I happen to think otherwise...
I'm with you.
Go ahead republicans -- pick McCain. It must be time for you to learn AGAIN, Don't Take The Xian Conservatives For Granted!!!
They'll Stay Home by the Millions.
That may be true; I would not bet on it being better with Mcaniac as President. He hates Christians. He loves to get kudos from the leftist press...can you say sodomy in every school in the land and the redefination of marriage and sodomy speical rights? I knew you could.
He will also limit gun righs and run witch hunts against the NRA and it's supporters. He will be able to do more damage than Hillary who is the opposition of a powerful Republican machine. McCain will be like Nixon only much angrier and crazier...
Nope. Won't do it.
I've voted in every election since '92(the first one after I was old enough), but I will NOT vote for McCain.
And save the "well thats a vote for Hitlery" BS.
McCain is no better than she is.
Because we are at war, Cheney/Rice.
If he got the nomination I'd have to hold my nose and vote for him but never in a primary. I do agree that I'd rather have a weasel than a jackass in the WH.
"I've never voted for a third party before......a guess there's a first time for everything."
Been there in '92.
Won't screw up like that again.
Put an (R) behind any name in the book and its better than Hitlery.
"they don't deserve my vote"
Not getting mine either.
the base REJECTED harriet miers...and they WILL reject mcainiac!!!!!
If you look at the history of it, the media candidate loses regularly.
I think of this guy:
John McCain...Bob Dole without the sense of humor and likability.
I guess I'll have to learn the hard way but I warn the GOP leadership I can be very stubborn.
We are on the same page about McCain. I have always said McCain was a loose cannon and he is the last Republican (if you can call him that) that should ever occupy the WH. I will do whatever I can to keep that from happening. But I won't try to teach the GOP a lesson...not now...not at this critical period of our country. I learned my lesson in 92.
And beside that, McCain will never win the Republican primary.
"Must I say it?!"
That critical period of our country you speak of, IMO, could last a few decades if not more. It's better the lesson be learned sooner rather than later. If you for some reason think in the future there will be Dems who are better than Hillary then I would ask you to rethink that notion. Every four years the media will find a new hard-left wing idiot to glorify and popularize. If the Dems didn't have Hillary they would have someone equally as bad(and I still don't think she will win their primary anyway).
I believe this attraction to McCain is mostly stirred by the dreams of the media.
So does this mean the President made some sort of deal with him? Won't get my primary vote.
Well, yeah, but who isn't.
We can do better.
We don't need Captain Queeg at the ship of state.
If McCain's the nominee, I'm writing in myself, even against Hillary.