Former President Bush endorses McCain
WISCONSIN: In the Republican race, John McCain picked up former
President George H.W. Bush's support, a critical blessing by a pillar of
the Republican establishment whose members are not completely sold on
the party's next standard-bearer.
In endorsing McCain, the patriarch of the Republican political
dynasty sent a strong message to a party base wary of the Arizona
senator because of his reputation for bucking the party on several
The elder Bush also signaled to a vast network of Bush family
activists and fundraisers that they, too, should swing behind the
Hillary Rodham Clinton, hoping for a win in the Wisconsin primary
Tuesday that could help turn around her campaign for the Democratic
presidential nomination, accused Barack Obama of plagiarism, the latest
effort by her campaign to undermine her rival's credibility.
Obama said Monday he does not think it is a big deal that he borrowed
lines from his friend, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, although he
probably should have given him credit.
Clinton, who a few weeks ago was the front-runner, has been battling
to halt Obama's streak of eight wins, particularly if she hopes for any
traction going into the bigger state contests in Texas and Ohio on March
4 that are key to her push to be the first female U.S. president.
Obama is trying to become the country's first black president. Obama
led the chase for nomination delegates 1,280-1,218. It takes 2,025
delegates to secure the presidential nomination at the party's
convention this summer in Denver.
Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson, during a conference
call with reporters Monday, pointed to a speech Obama delivered at a
Democratic Party dinner Saturday in Wisconsin that lifted lines from an
address given last year by his friend Patrick.
De Pere, Tuesday, AP