President Bush was supposed to be on the road next week doing some fundraising for Republican causes. Well, he still will be but the events will be very low-key and closed to the press, at the request of the McCain campaign.
Story from The Politico:
President Bush is scaling back next weekâ€™s fundraising swings for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) at the request of the campaign, which wants the events closed to the press, POLITICO has learned.
The change â€” in both Arizona and Utah â€” is part of McCainâ€™s delicate effort to find the balance between embracing an unpopular president and taking advantage of his huge continuing draw with well-heeled Republicans.
The Arizona event, which was to be at the Phoenix Convention Center, was the first time Bush was to have appeared with McCain since their White House meeting in March.
A McCain aide said: â€œThe McCain campaign has a policy that fundraising events are closed press. In keeping with that policy, the campaign requested the event be moved to a private home.â€
On Tuesday, the president was to appear with McCain at the Phoenix Convention Center at a McCain for President and Republican National Committee Victory Reception.
And on Wednesday, Bush was to appear at Salt Lake Cityâ€™s Grand America Hotel with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at a McCain for President and Republican National Committee Victory Reception (followed by a more exclusive dinner at the Romneysâ€™ Park City home).
Now, both of the public events will be at private residences.
As recently as Wednesday, Salt Lake media were saying the event would be at the Grand America.
A White House official gave the same explanation as the McCain campaign: â€œAs you know, we have a practice of having fundraisers in public venues as open to press and fundraisers in private residences closed to press to preserve the hosts’ privacy. The [McCain campaignâ€™s] practice has been to have all fundraisers be closed. And so a decision was made to move the location to comply with the practices.â€
I don’t blame McCain on this, he needs to create his own candidacy out from the under the cloud of the Bush administration.