Back John McCain, Bush Urges Republican Doubters; the Next President and First Lady? but John McCain and Wife Cindy Have to Convince Their Own Party
Byline: David Gardner
GEORGE BUSH last night urged Republican right-wingers to unite behindJohn McCain or else risk delivering the White House to the Democrats inNovembers presidential election.
The presidents rallying cry came as the spectre of dirty tricks re-emerged inthe Democrat race with Barack Obama casting suspicions over rival HillaryClintons personal fortune.
President Bushs speech was designed to harness the support of Republicans whoare sceptical about John McCains conservative credentials.
With closest rival Mitt Romneys departure on Thursday, the 71-year-old Arizonasenator is now a virtual certainty as the Republicans nominee.
Conservative long shot Mike Huckabee, 53, is theoretically still in with achance so, following a long traditional policy of studied neutrality, thepresident did not refer to Mr McCain by name.
But his message to the party faithful was clear at the Conservative PoliticalAction Conference in Washington.
Soon we will have a nominee who will carry the conservative banner into thiselection and beyond, Mr Bush said.
The stakes in November are high. This is an important election. Prosperity andpeace are in the balance.
Right-wing Republicans are unhappy about Mr McCains supposedly liberal stanceon issues such as illegal immigration and global warming.
The Democrat camp has also seen a fresh outbreak of hostility between the twocandidates. Neither Mrs Clinton nor Mr Obama has gained any breakthrough ofsignificance since Super Tuesday, and tensions have been heightened by a seriesof bogus emails which disseminated fake stories about both. …