Put on the Defensive, Bush Talks Tough As McCain Rides High on His Victory
By FRANK BRUNI WITH MARC LACEY
Published: February 4, 2000
Gov. George W. Bush struck an unusually combative posture toward Senator John McCain today, accusing him of running a misleading television commercial and insinuating that he had not lived up to his own call for integrity in government.
The Texas governor also took aim at the appeal of Mr. McCain's stature as a military hero. At a rally here that featured prominent veterans who were supporting him, Mr. Bush said a distinguished military career did not necessarily make someone the best candidate for president.