Bush: 'That man is John McCain': The Swamp
 
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Voters face 'a clear choice in November,' said Bush, with a ready refrain.

Posted June 19, 2008 9:20 AM
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by Mark Silva

President Bush, addressing his final "President's Dinner'' - a party event that raised $13 million for the Republican Party's election campaigns this year - delivered a full-throated appeal last night for the election of the next president:

"That man is John McCain.''

The president struck a clear theme here, at the Washington Convention Center, which is likely to be heard again and again across the country: "This November, the American people are going to have a clear choice.''

It's a choice between security and vulnerability, a choice between new taxes and lower taxes, a choice between "activist judges'' and those who adhere to the law, a choice between "a culture of life'' and abortion rights, and much more, the president said, in an address which spelled out the many ways in which McCain, the senior senator from Arizona and the party's presumptive presidential nominee, is the right choice.

"This is my eighth President's Dinner -- also known as my last dinner before mandatory retirement,'' the president said. "I can't say for sure what I'm going to be doing at this time next year -- I suspect I'll be in Crawford, watching the Rangers on TV. But I know what you'll be doing -- you'll be holding this dinner in honor of a new guest: President John McCain.''

Singer Charlie Daniels warmed up the crowd for the speech:

I know John McCain well,'' said Bush, who faced a serious challenge from McCain in the early Republican presidential primaries of 2000. "I have worked with him, and I have run against him. Take it from me: It's better to have him on your side.

"The stakes in this election are high,'' Bush said. "I know the pressures of the Oval Office -- the daily intelligence briefings, the unexpected challenges, and the tough decisions that can only be made at the President's desk.

"In trying times, America needs a president who has been tested and will not flinch. We need a president who has the experience and judgment to do what is right, even when it is not easy. We need a president who knows what it takes to defeat our enemies. And this year, there is only one man who has shown those qualities of leadership -- and that man is John McCain.

"Sending John to the White House is a great goal, but it's not our only goal,'' Bush said. "As president, he's going to need strong conservative allies on Capitol Hill. And that means we need to put the House and the Senate back where they belong -- into Republican hands.

"You know, this election season is just beginning. The real campaign will be in the fall. And the American people will take the measure of the candidates running and their vision for the future. And when they do, they're going to find some big differences between our parties.

"On issues that matter the most -- from taxes and spending, to confirming good judges and building a culture of life, to protecting our people and winning the war on terror -- the American people will have a clear choice. And after the speeches and the debates and when the American people focus on what matters to their future, they're going to send Republican candidates to the House, Republican candidates to the Senate, and John McCain to the White House.

"This November, the American people are going to have a clear choice when it comes to taxes and spending.

"Republicans believe American families can spend their money far better than the federal government can. We've restrained spending in Washington, D.C. We delivered the largest tax cut since Ronald Reagan was the President of the United States. We cut taxes for married couples. We cut taxes for families with children. We cut taxes for small businesses. We cut taxes on dividends and capital gains. We put the death tax on the road to extinction. We eliminated income taxes for nearly 5 million families in the lowest tax bracket. And as a result, the American people have more money in their pocket and that is the way it should be.

"Our opponents take a different view. The Democratically-controlled Congress refuses to make the tax relief permanent. And when tax relief expires, every income tax rate in America will go up. The marriage penalty will return in full force. The child tax credit will be cut in half. Taxes on capital gains and dividends will increase significantly.

"The death tax will return to life. A typical family of four with an income of $40,000 will face a tax increase of more than $2,000. At a time when the American people are struggling with high food [prices], high gas prices, and economic uncertainty, the absolute last thing they need is a tax increase. (Applause.) In order to make sure that doesn't happen the American people need to elect a Congress and a President that will make the tax relief permanent. (Applause.)

"There's a reason why the Democrats want to raise taxes -- they need more money to pay for all the new spending they have in mind. When the Democrats campaigned in 2006, they promised fiscal responsibility. But when they took control of the Congress, they tried to go on a spending spree and stick the American people with the tab. Over the past 17 months, Democrats in Congress have routinely filed legislation with excessive spending. But there was an important thing that stood between them and the American people paying more in taxes, and it's called a veto pen.

"You know, when it comes to taxes and spending, our opponents offer a lot of soothing words. But keep this in mind: While their talk may be cheap, their agenda isn't. And here's the bottom line: If you want a bigger tax bill and bigger government, put the Democrats in charge of both the White House and Capitol Hill. But if you want to keep your taxes low and stop wasteful spending, elect John McCain and a Republican Congress.

"This November, the American people will have a clear choice when it comes to confirming good judges and building a culture of life. Republicans aspire to build a society where every human being is welcomed in life and protected in law. We've funded crisis pregnancy programs and supported parental notification laws. We outlawed the cruel practice of partial birth abortion. We defended this good law all the way to Supreme Court -- and we won. (Applause.)

"This victory shows how important it is to put good judges on the bench. Republicans have a clear view of the role of courts in our democracy. We believe that unelected judges should strictly interpret the law, and not legislate from the bench. I've nominated and Congress has confirmed good judges, including the two newest members of the Supreme Court -- Justice Sam Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts. (Applause.)

"Our opponents have a different view. There's no clearer illustration of their differences in our judicial philosophies than this: John McCain voted to confirm these eminently qualified Supreme Court justices. His opponent voted against them.

"We received a fresh reminder of the importance of the courts last week. A bare majority of five Supreme Court justices overturned a bipartisan law that the United States Congress passed and I signed to deliver justice to detainees at Guantanamo Bay. With this decision, hardened terrorists -- hardened foreign terrorists now enjoy certain legal rights previously reserved for American citizens. This is precisely the kind of judicial activism that frustrates the American people. And the best way to change it is to put Republicans in charge in the Senate and John McCain in the White House.

"This November, the American people will have a clear choice when it comes to protecting our country and winning the war on terror.

"Republicans believe that our most solemn duty is to protect the American people. Since September the 11th, 2001, we have worked day and night to stop another attack on our homeland. Here at home, we've strengthened our defenses, reformed our intelligence community, and launched a new program to monitor terrorist communications. Around the world, we have gone on the offense against the terrorists, we've advanced freedom as the great alternative to the ideology of hatred and violence. In a time of war we need a President who understands that we must defeat the enemy overseas so we do not have to face them here at home -- and that man is John McCain.

"In Afghanistan, we destroyed al Qaeda training camps and removed the Taliban from power. And today we're helping a democratic society take root -- ensuring that Afghanistan will never again be a safe haven for the terrorists planning an attack on America.

"And in Iraq we removed the dangerous regime of Saddam Hussein. Removing Saddam Hussein was the right decision at the time, and it is the right decision today. Early last year, when the situation in Iraq was deteriorating, we launched what's called the surge. And since the surge, violence in Iraq has dropped.

"Civilian deaths and sectarian killings are down. And political and economic progress is taking place. A democracy is taking root where the tyrant once ruled. In Iraq and Afghanistan and around the world, our men and women in uniform are performing with skill and honor -- and our country needs a Commander-in-Chief who will respect and fully support the United States military, and that man is John McCain.

"The war on terror is the great challenge of our time. And on this vital issue, the Democratic Party has repeatedly shown it would take America down the wrong direction. Democratic leaders in Congress have yet to renew a surveillance law that our intelligence professionals say is critical to protecting America. They tried to shut down a CIA program -- CIA program for questioning terrorists, a program that has saved American lives. They've repeatedly delayed funding for our troops in the field.

"On Iraq, the Democrats declared the surge a failure before it began. And now that the surge has turned the situation around, they still call for retreat. The other side talks a lot about "hope," and that sums up their Iraq policy pretty well: They want to retreat from Iraq and hope nothing bad happens. But wishful thinking is no way to fight a war and to protect the American people. Leaving Iraq before the job is done would embolden our enemies and endanger our citizens. The only path to victory is to support the Iraqi people, support our commanders, support our troops, support Republicans for Congress, and elect John McCain as the next Commander-in-Chief.

"Over the next few months of this campaign, you're going to hear a lot of talk about change. Democrats say they're the party of change. There was a time when they believed that low taxes were the path to growth and opportunity -- but they've changed. There was a time when they believed in common-sense American values -- but they have changed. There was a time when they believed that America should pay any price and bear any burden in the defense of liberty -- but they have changed. These days, if you want to know how a Democrat in Congress is going to vote tomorrow, just visit the website of MoveOn.Org today.

"This is change alright, but it's not the kind of change the American people want. Americans want change that makes their life better and our country safer -- and that requires changing the party in control of the United States Congress. (So with your efforts and with your hard work, I am confident that the American people will send Republicans to Congress -- and to send our friend John McCain to the White House.

"This is the final time I'm going to speak to this event. And when I ran for President eight years ago, as Jeb mentioned, I promised to uphold the dignity and honor of this office. And to the best of my ability, I have tried to live up to that promise. Next January I will leave with confidence in our country's course -- and the proud work we have done together.

"We've worked together to make our country safer and to spread prosperity throughout our land. I've been strengthened by your support and lifted up by your prayers. I've also been blessed to share these years with a strong and loving family, including a fabulous woman named Laura Bush. I believe she's the finest First Lady in our nation's history. Just don't tell Mother. And in this job, I have had no finer example of character, decency, and integrity than the first man to be called President George Bush.

"This isn't a farewell speech because we've got a lot to do this year. I want you to know my energy is up, my spirits are high, and I am going to finish this job strong. So with confidence in our vision, strong belief in our philosophy, faith in our values, let us go forward, reclaim the Congress, and elect John McCain as President in 2008.''

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Comments

How many GOP House of Representative and Senate candidates have been given such a similar rousing endorsement by George W. Bush that actually went on to win their elections? McCain is toast!


"That man is John McCain.''

Couldn't be a better reason to vote for Obama than this comment. Keep it up "President 26%". You'll help this country get back on track without even knowing it.

Go Obama!!


Well, Mr. President, then you better tell Mr. McCain, that he should stop sounding like you and acting like you, in hopes, that the American electorate would vote for you a third time. Senator MCain's politics have always been playing catch up, with the wind!! Which way is the wind blowing, what do the voters want to hear me say, today !! Well, President Bush, it will not be the first time you are dead wrong and I'm sure it will not be the last time. Senator McCain doesn't deserve the Presidency, not because he was a POW, their have been too many of those, but because, after a second chance, as a U.S. Senator, he disgraced himself and his country, by less than exemplary conduct. Can a nation reward some one for " questionable conduct ", in the service of his country!!? What kind of message would we be sending our nation and the children of our nation ?!! No, the good people of Arizona were magnanimous enough to allow him to represent them, even after his citation, but being a U.S. Senator, is one thing, being the President of the United States, with it's awesome responsibilities, is quite another !!
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, BRING THEM HOME, ALIVE AND WHOLE. NOW.


President McCain is much more qualified to be our next president. Also, President Bush has made mistakes; however, he has kept our country safe since 9/11. Both democrats and repubicans voted for the war in Iraq - and it is working - hindsight is always easier...there is no need to throw "mud" at our president or past ones as most have made mistakes regardless of their political party. Senator McCain is an honorable man and will make a great president


"he has kept our country safe since 9/11"

And that makes up for letting 9/11 happen in the first place? Don't see the logic in that.


Please, try telling the 4,000+ that have fallen in Iraq and the thousands and thousands of our Armed Forces that have been maimed and crippled. I have to, also, mention the thousands and thousands of innocent men, women and children of Iraq, who have been killed and maimed as well. This is something you want to praise President Bush for, are you serious !!? That is a legacy of infamy, not of statesmanship !!
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, BRING THEM HOME, ALIVE AND WHOLE. NOW.


I think the democrats would be well advised to get off their position in comparing him to former presidents. Their track record is not that hot if you can remember the scandals associated with the Clintons'


MCCAIN - KEEPING UP WITH CHANGE!

When oil was $15.00 a barrel and gas $2 a gallon, McCain said it didn’t make sense to allow drilling to increase the oil companies’ profits.

Now that oil is over $100 a barrel and gas over $4 a gallon, McCain MAKES SENSE in increasing oil drilling and production and not taxing the oil companies.

MCCAIN - KEEPING UP WITH CHANGE!

When the Government had a tax surplus, McCain said it didn’t make sense to spend it on tax cuts that benefit the wealthy and opposed Bush‘s proposal.

Now with the Government in trillion dollar debt and the economy struggling, McCain MAKES SENSE not to raise taxes on the wealthy to insure economic risk taking which produces new jobs and technologies.

MCCAIN KEEPS UP WITH CHANGES IN OUR COUNTRY!

What is Obama’s position: (More spending and less accomplishments - doesn’t sound like much change to me)

Increase fuel efficiency of cars within 18 YEARS.

Double science and research funding.

Create a fund at 10 billion dollars per year (where is the money coming from) for five years to ensure promising technologies move beyond the lab (more research).

Generate more corn ethanol which will raise food prices.

Obama will allow Bush’s tax cuts to expire, which in effect will increase your taxes; then offer those making $75,000 or less a tax break of up to $1000 and claim he is cutting taxes.

MCCAIN KEEPS UP WITH CHANGES IN OUR COUNTRY!


MCCAIN - KEEPING UP WITH CHANGE brought about by the Bush Administration and destroying what the United States of America once proudly stood for!


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