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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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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

If we are the party base,we should let it be know we do not want McCain.


51 posted on 02/06/2006 6:40:56 PM PST by patriciamary
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To: summer
Thanks...I chuckled when I saw it.

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.

52 posted on 02/06/2006 6:41:13 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: wagglebee

You forgot the barf alert.

McCain is enough to make me vomit - even in my dreams.


53 posted on 02/06/2006 6:41:21 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people believe in Intelligent Design (God))
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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."

I wonder why Newsweek didn't report on the size of McKinnon's bong.

54 posted on 02/06/2006 6:41:52 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: gathersnomoss

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

Same here!


55 posted on 02/06/2006 6:42:12 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people believe in Intelligent Design (God))
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To: wagglebee

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"


56 posted on 02/06/2006 6:43:02 PM PST by Casekirchen (Norlins has their priorities right, just have to get that annual orgy in)
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To: wagglebee

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.


57 posted on 02/06/2006 6:43:16 PM PST by McGavin999 (If Intelligence Agencies can't find leakers, how can we expect them to find terrorists?)
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To: sissyjane

I do not believe that.WE need a straight talking republican who not afraid of the democrats and we got a winner.


58 posted on 02/06/2006 6:44:08 PM PST by patriciamary
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To: wagglebee

But .. Gillespie has joined with George Allen. My money is on him.


59 posted on 02/06/2006 6:44:50 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: CWOJackson
Re your post #52 - I respect what he has already said, too, but, I also believe what you do -- if he ran, he would win.

He would certainly win FL, and that's now 10% of the electoral votes right there, since the state is now #3 in population and has even more electoral votes.

I also think he would charm the whole country and blow away his competition, whomever it was. They would be forgotten just as quickly as Bill What's His Name, the Dem opponent Gov Bush squashed in his historic relection in 2002. (First GOP gov ever to win a 2nd term in this state.)

Maybe I will buy one of those JEB 2008 bumper stickers... :)
60 posted on 02/06/2006 6:45:46 PM PST by summer
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To: fiftymegaton

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.


61 posted on 02/06/2006 6:46:06 PM PST by daybreakcoming (May God bless those who enter the valley of the shadow of death so that we may see the light of day.)
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To: jackstalk

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.


62 posted on 02/06/2006 6:46:21 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ( 2006, Ravin' Lunatic since 4/98)
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To: summer

The left's worst nightmare (and the fringe right): a Bush/Rice ticket.


63 posted on 02/06/2006 6:47:38 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: wagglebee

My prediction
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).


64 posted on 02/06/2006 6:47:45 PM PST by FRONTLINER (Crush the Left !)
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To: wagglebee
>>>My money is still on George Allen. <<<

My heart is with you...my money is not.

65 posted on 02/06/2006 6:47:57 PM PST by HardStarboard
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To: wagglebee

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!


66 posted on 02/06/2006 6:48:18 PM PST by TeddyCon
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To: wagglebee
"My money is still on George Allen."

Mine too. If McCain or Giuliani get the nomination I'll vote Constitution Party.

67 posted on 02/06/2006 6:48:53 PM PST by Godebert
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To: wagglebee

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.


68 posted on 02/06/2006 6:49:15 PM PST by madison10
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

McCain ain't Reagan.


69 posted on 02/06/2006 6:49:48 PM PST by Richard Kimball (Look, Daddy! Teacher says every time a Kennedy talks, a Republican gets a house seat!)
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To: summer

McPain=NO WAY.


70 posted on 02/06/2006 6:50:57 PM PST by jocko12
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To: CWOJackson
This could be a popular bumper sticker:

JEB08 -- Because I'm the Smart One!
71 posted on 02/06/2006 6:51:34 PM PST by summer
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To: summer

LOL! I love it, now all we need is a Bush/Rice sticker.


72 posted on 02/06/2006 6:53:21 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: daybreakcoming

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.


73 posted on 02/06/2006 6:53:25 PM PST by fiftymegaton
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To: CWOJackson

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.


74 posted on 02/06/2006 6:55:16 PM PST by summer
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To: wagglebee
There is absolutely NO WAY the country will go for Jeb Bush being on the ticket in 2008.

I happen to think otherwise...

75 posted on 02/06/2006 6:57:15 PM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: gathersnomoss

I'm with you.


76 posted on 02/06/2006 6:58:18 PM PST by maxter
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To: sgtbono2002

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.


77 posted on 02/06/2006 7:00:06 PM PST by 9999lakes
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To: Itzlzha; flashbunny; the gillman@blacklagoon.com

ping


78 posted on 02/06/2006 7:00:28 PM PST by Stellar Dendrite (There's nothing "Mainstream" about the Orwellian Media!!!)
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

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...


79 posted on 02/06/2006 7:00:50 PM PST by Galveston Grl (Getting angry and abandoning power to the Democrats is not a choice.)
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To: wagglebee

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.


80 posted on 02/06/2006 7:02:40 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Mohammedism - Bringing you only the best of the 6th century for fourteen hundred years.)
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To: sissyjane

Because we are at war, Cheney/Rice.


81 posted on 02/06/2006 7:03:04 PM PST by maxter
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To: Spiff

great post


82 posted on 02/06/2006 7:04:26 PM PST by Stellar Dendrite (There's nothing "Mainstream" about the Orwellian Media!!!)
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To: Galveston Grl
Here's your man, Galveston Girl -- aka, Wonkette calls him:


"MAN OF ACTION"
FL GOV JEB BUSH MAKES HISTORY, 2002

83 posted on 02/06/2006 7:05:03 PM PST by summer
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To: Republic Rocker

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.


84 posted on 02/06/2006 7:06:06 PM PST by tiki
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To: fiftymegaton

"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.


85 posted on 02/06/2006 7:06:09 PM PST by rogator
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To: DoughtyOne

"they don't deserve my vote"
Not getting mine either.


86 posted on 02/06/2006 7:06:40 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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the base REJECTED harriet miers...and they WILL reject mcainiac!!!!!


87 posted on 02/06/2006 7:07:22 PM PST by Stellar Dendrite (There's nothing "Mainstream" about the Orwellian Media!!!)
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To: Common Tator

If you look at the history of it, the media candidate loses regularly.


88 posted on 02/06/2006 7:08:27 PM PST by tiki
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball
Every time I see this guy:

I think of this guy:


89 posted on 02/06/2006 7:09:34 PM PST by raybbr (ANWR is a barren, frozen wasteland - like the mind of a democrat!)
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John McCain...Bob Dole without the sense of humor and likability.


90 posted on 02/06/2006 7:10:08 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: rogator

I guess I'll have to learn the hard way but I warn the GOP leadership I can be very stubborn.


91 posted on 02/06/2006 7:10:45 PM PST by fiftymegaton
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To: fiftymegaton

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.


92 posted on 02/06/2006 7:10:53 PM PST by daybreakcoming (May God bless those who enter the valley of the shadow of death so that we may see the light of day.)
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To: McGavin999

And beside that, McCain will never win the Republican primary.


93 posted on 02/06/2006 7:11:37 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: Stellar Dendrite; flashbunny; the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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.

"Must I say it?!"

94 posted on 02/06/2006 7:16:23 PM PST by Itzlzha ("The avalanche has already started...it is too late for the pebbles to vote")
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To: daybreakcoming

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).


95 posted on 02/06/2006 7:17:41 PM PST by fiftymegaton
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To: A Citizen Reporter
I do not want McCain to be President, and I think any of the other candidates can beat Hillary Gollum Clinton. GOP's got a real deep bench, and that includes McCain in the following sense. He helps make for a crackling exciting primary season for the GOP while the Dem candidates will again be seven losers.
96 posted on 02/06/2006 7:20:10 PM PST by NutCrackerBoy
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To: 9999lakes

I believe this attraction to McCain is mostly stirred by the dreams of the media.


97 posted on 02/06/2006 7:27:11 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: wagglebee

So does this mean the President made some sort of deal with him? Won't get my primary vote.


98 posted on 02/06/2006 7:27:49 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: HarmlessLovableFuzzball

Well, yeah, but who isn't.

We can do better.

We don't need Captain Queeg at the ship of state.


99 posted on 02/06/2006 7:28:26 PM PST by altura
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To: wagglebee

If McCain's the nominee, I'm writing in myself, even against Hillary.


100 posted on 02/06/2006 7:28:39 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("What does a guy have to do to get fired around here?" - Darryl Rogers, former Lions Coach)
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