Both NBC and ABC had reporters cover the endorsement of John McCain by the elder George Bush. The incumbent President has not yet formally followed suit, ABC's Ron Claiborne (no link) explained, because Mike Huckabee is still officially in the race. The younger Bush talked to NBC's Ann Curry in Tanzania and was quoted in Kelly O'Donnell's package as guaranteeing that he would back McCain too: "I will help him in any way I can." Claiborne found McCain and the former President to be "at ease with each other, upbeat…much in contrast to the unease and uncertainty about the role that the President will play" with his approval rating hovering around 30%. Claiborne speculated that he will confine himself to fundraising and mobilizing conservatives and evangelical Christians. As NBC's O'Donnell put it: "McCain is about to find out the value of the Bush brand in this race."
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