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April 12, 2004
McCain Finally Gets Categorical

John McCain, who stirred up so much controversy a month ago by telling reporters that he would "entertain" an invitation to join John Kerry as his running mate, has finally gotten around to making an unequivocal statement of support for George Bush:

"No, no and no. I will not leave the Republican Party. I cherish the ideals and principles of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan," he said on NBC's "Meet The Press." ...

McCain said Sunday that he believes Bush "deserves re-election."

"Have we agreed on every issue? Of course not. We didn't agree on every issue when we ran against each other in a primary," he said. "I am not embarrassed to say that John Kerry is a friend of mine, but I want George Bush to be re-elected president of the United States."

CNN notes that McCain is running for re-election to the Senate. I wonder if some of the GOP leadership had a long chat with McCain about his grandstanding and how it might affect fundraising for his campaign. Kissing up to the Democratic presidential contender and undermining the party by contradicting their campaign themes is no way to garner national support for his own run.

Don't expect to see the Republicans put McCain on the road during the next few months to help out Bush. He might just help him out the door of the White House.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at April 12, 2004 5:28 AM

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