Speaking from the White House via satellite, the president told
Republicans at the national convention in St. Paul, Minnesota
that voters must elect John McCain because of 9/11.
In a gut wrenching speech enforcing interventionalist
neoconservative foreign policy Bush stated:
"We live in a dangerous world... and we need
a president who understands the lessons of Sept. 11, 2001: that
to protect America, we must stay on the offense, stop attacks
before they happen and not wait to be hit again."
Bush went on to explain how he “stood in the
ruins of buildings knocked down by killers and promised the survivors
I would never let them down. I know the hard choices that fall
solely to a president.”
He then stated that McCain has “the judgment,
the experience and the policies” to continue on the same
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Bush also continually spoke of McCain’s consistent
support for his policies on the Iraq war, praising the senator
for his “character” in backing the White House’s
“surge” of tens of thousands of new U.S. troops in
Iraq last year.
“That is the kind of courage and vision we
need in our next commander-in-chief,” Bush said.
Bush's comments serve as a clear indication that a vote for
McCain represents a vote for the continuation of preemptive war
and interventionalist foreign policy.
Bush had been scheduled to be the main speaker at the convention
on Monday night in, but canceled those plans due to hurricane
Gustav. In attendance however were Laura Bush, Barbara Bush and
George Bush Snr.
The president introduced the audience to his parents
"I want to say hello to two people in the hall
with you tonight. I could have no finer examples of character,
decency and integrity than my mom and dad, and I love you a lot."
Watch the video of Bush's speech below (9 minutes