Why Bush Is Climbing Aboard Mc Cain's Straight Talk Express

When George W. Bush and his still-sore GOP challenger, John McCain, met in Pittsburgh on May 9, it wasn't exactly Yalta II. Both seemed uneasy, and McCain was blunt in voicing his disdain for a Vice-Presidential nod. But the spring chill is giving way to a summer thaw. Through phone calls and private briefings, Bush is working hard to court the prickly Arizona senator. More important, the Texan is mounting a concerted effort to attract McCain supporters--the economically conservative but socially libertarian swing voters he needs in November.

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