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McCain expected to offer strong endorsement of Bush at GOP convention

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) -- Moving past the rivalry and rancor of the Republican presidential primary season, Arizona Sen. John McCain is expected Tuesday to deliver a ringing endorsement of Texas Gov. George W. Bush, the presumed GOP presidential nominee, at the Republican National Convention.

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"I say to all Americans, Republican, Democrat or independent, if you believe America deserves leaders with a purpose more ennobling than expediency and opportunism, then vote for Governor Bush," says McCain, according to an excerpt of his draft speech provided by McCain aides to the Bush campaign and convention officials.

"If you believe patriotism is more than a sound bite, and public service should be more than a photo-up, then vote for Gov. Bush," he added.

In the draft, McCain is generous in his praise of Bush, calling him a "friend" and a "good man," words that were not part of his vocabulary during the heated and divisive primary battle. This past winter and spring, the two men had sparred bitterly, and each accused the other of negative campaigning.

McCain, who dropped out of the White House race in March, is not expected to dwell on his own vanquished campaign, but will urge Republicans to rally behind Bush.

"He is a good man from a good family that has, in good times and bad, dedicated themselves to America," McCain said in the draft. "Many years ago, the governor's father served in the Pacific, with distinction, under the command of my grandfather. Now it is my turn to serve under the son of my grandfather's subordinate."

McCain added: "I am proud to do so for I know that by supporting George W. Bush, I serve my country well."

Bush said Thursday that he is looking forward to McCain's speech.

"I trust John," Bush said from Austin Thursday. "He's a friend and I'm confident he's gonna' get up and speak his heart, and he's got a good heart and good judgment.

 
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