I was never really a fan of Bush I (way too out of touch on domestic issues), but as a former President, he deserves respect and his opinion matters:
In announcing his support for McCain, the former president said, “His character was forged in the crucible of war. His commitment to America is beyond any doubt. But most importantly, he has the right values and experience to guide our nation forward at this historic moment... Few men have sacrificed so much in the cause of human freedom."
After his remarks, former President Bush was asked about McCain’s critics within the party who have painted him not conservative enough. Saying Ronald Reagan had been criticized the same way by ultra-conservatives he said, “You know if you’ve been around the track you hear these criticisms and think they grossly unfair."
"He’s got a record that everybody can analyze in the Senate. A sound conservative record and yet he’s not above reaching out to the other side."