WHITE HOUSE (AP) - President Bush has endorsed the Republican nominee-in-waiting, John McCain.
Bush says McCain has showed "incredible courage, strength of character and perseverance" to win enough delegates to clinch the GOP nomination. And he says, that's exactly what America needs in a president. He made the announcement standing with McCain in the White House Rose Garden.
McCain says he looks forward to campaigning in the general election with Bush at his side and says the president could be helpful in states such as Texas.
Bush dismissed claims that his support could actually hurt McCain with some groups. The president says he's had his time in the Oval Office and people will be looking at and voting for McCain, not him.