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  Elder Bush backs McCain war push
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Sep 18, 2007 02:30pm
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News DateTuesday, September 18, 2007 10:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFormer President George H.W. Bush backs John McCain's efforts to increase support for the Iraq war in a new video, a telecast that aides to both men say shouldn't be construed as an endorsement of McCain's White House bid.

On Monday night, the former president appeared in the video shown at South Carolina's military college, The Citadel, during the final stop of the Arizona senator's "No Surrender" tour.

"The bottom line is we must persevere; we must not surrender; we must not quit and run away. God bless our troops and everyone involved in the 'No Surrender' rally there in Charleston," Bush said, according to a transcript of the video provided by the McCain campaign.

Bush also praised McCain and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who will work in the Senate on turning back Democratic efforts to limit U.S. troops' time in Iraq.

"I salute Senators McCain and Graham for their sponsorship and for standing tall," Bush said.

McCain traveled to the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina on "No Surrender" tour in which he stressed his strong support for the war and President Bush's increase of some 30,000 troops earlier this year.

Jean Becker, chief of staff for the former president, said the video was "intended to support the troops and not intended as an endorsement for Senator McCain." McCain's campaign hasn't misrepresented the video, she said.

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