Mrs Cindy McCain 53, wife of John McCain and mom of black Bridget said that she was "disgusted" in 2000 when allies of George W. Bush used her presence in the family to claim that Sen McCain fathered a black child at that time aged 7 years Bridget out of wedlock - an explosive charge in South Carolina, where Republican primary voters sank his challenge to Mr Bush.
Cindy McCain said due to an addiction to painkillers, she had previously not been able to protect her younger daughter Bridget from brutal politically-motivated racial attacks on the campaign trail.
Bridget, now 15, found out about the incident only a year ago when she Googled herself, according to Nightline. Cindy said Bridget was confused by the discovery.
“[She] was hurt by the fact that she thinks people don’t like her because she’s black,” Cindy recalled. “She asked me why the president of the United States doesn’t like her and I said honey that’s not what happened, you know this was about people that were mean spirited and wrong, they did wrong things you know, it’s hard, and it’s been hard I’ll say.”
Despite the attacks on his daughter, John McCain has apparently forgiven President Bush, as he has publicly courted his support since then.
Still, Bridget is not campaigning with the family this year, although her sister Meghan has taken on a high-profile role with the campaign, writing a blog from various events.
Mrs McCain blamed her dependency on two back operations and the stress of her peripheral involvement in the so-called Keating Five scandal, in which her husband was accused of receiving donations and lobbying on behalf of a collapsed saving company's disgraced chief.
A businesswoman in her own right, she became chairman of her father's $300 million Budweiser distribution company in 2000. She is also on the boards of the anti-landmine Halo Trust and of Operation Smile, a charity that helps children with cleft palates.
Ghost of Keating Five on McCain
The Keating Five (or Keating Five Scandal) refers to a Congressional scandal related to the collapse of most of the Savings and Loan institutions in the United States in the late 1980s.
In 1989, the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association of Irvine, Calif., collapsed. Lincoln's chairman, Charles H. Keating Jr., was faulted for the thrift's failure. Several U.S. senators had approached him and requested that he ease off on the Lincoln investigation. It came out that these senators had been beneficiaries of $1.3 million in campaign contributions from Keating. a series of investigations by the California government, the United States Department of Justice, and the Senate Ethics Committee. The ethics committee's investigation focused on five senators: Alan Cranston (D-CA); Dennis DeConcini (D-AZ); John Glenn (D-OH); John McCain (R-AZ); and Donald W. Riegle, Jr. (D-MI), who became known as the Keating Five. After months of testimony revealed that all five senators acted improperly to differing degrees,The committee recommended censure for Cranston and criticized the other four for "
Abraham Lincoln’s ghost in White House
Turn the leaves of history of April 14, 1865. Abraham Lincoln was shot by a Southern sympathizer, John Wilkes Booth, in Ford's Theater. He died the next day. His body was displayed in the East Room of the White House. Mary would recall this dream of her husband’s quite vividly in the days that followed. It was said that her first coherent word after the assassination was a muttered statement about his dream being prophetic.
Psychics believe that President Lincoln has never left the White House, that his spirit remains to complete the business of his abbreviated second term and to be available in times of crisis. For seventy years, presidents, first ladies, guests, and members of the White House staff have claimed to have either seen Lincoln or felt his presence. The melancholy bearing of Lincoln himself, and several instances of eerie prescience on his part, only adds to the legends of the Great Emancipator's ghost. Lincoln dreamed of his own death.
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President Bush said McCain is "very strong" on national defense, "tough fiscally,' wants to make Bush's tax cuts permanent, and opposes abortion rights." His principles are sound and solid as far as I'm concerned," the president said few days before.
"I think that if John McCain is the nominee, he has got some convincing to do to convince people that he is a solid conservative and I'll be glad to help him if he is the nominee." Bush added.
After President Bush now on Feb 18 fromer President George H W Bush supported McCain’s Republican candidature.
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"Few men walking among us have sacrificed so much in the cause of human freedom. And I'm happy to help this remarkable patriot carry our party banner forward," Senior Bush said
The elder Bush also signaled to a vast network of Bush family activists and fundraisers that they, too, should swing behind the eventual nominee.
Protocol demands that Bush not swing explicitly behind the candidate with a race still technically — and only technically — in progress.
Former recalled his own defeat in the 1980 presidential race, and said: "It can take a while for any candidate to read the handwriting on the wall, and that certainly was true of me."
McCain not only must rally the party but also must try to determine how to deploy the current president, whose job approval rating is at a low point.
There is a wave against Bush policy especially on Iraq. So support of senior and junior Bush may be death blow. While still popular among Republicans, many moderates and independents have turned from the president, and Democrats already have started casting McCain's candidacy as a continuation of Bush's eight years in office.
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But McCain instead of distancing himself from the black shadow of Bush said he was deeply honored by Bush's support. "I think that our effort to continue to unite the party will be enhanced dramatically by President Bush's words," he added.
The present president, during a visit to Africa, was asked Monday about reports the McCain camp wants his fundraising help but doesn't want him to appear too often with McCain.
"I'm sitting in Tanzania, I don't know what the McCain campaign said," Bush said. "But I'll help him in any way I can. Absolutely"