In the United States, the Republican party have belatedly launched their effort to showcase John McCain to millions of voters ahead of November’s presidential election.
The Bush family watched as President George W. Bush was given less than ten minutes by videolink for his White House swansong in which he also extolled McCain’s virtues.
“I want to share some thoughts about our nominee, a great American and the next president of the United States, John McCain!” he told the audience in Minnesota.
Bush insisted McCain understood the US-led “war on terror”: “He would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war, that is the kind of courage and vision that we need in our next commander-in-chief.”
The Republicans had earlier launched a counter-offensive after a string of personal and political revelations about McCain’s running-mate, Sarah Palin, threatened to steal the show at the convention.
The latest research suggests McCain has 42 percent support, compared to 50 percent for Democrat Barack Obama, marking the first time the Illinois Senator has taken a significant lead.