A new book by Matt Latimer, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush, claims the former president was dumbfounded by John McCain’s inability to fill a reception hall. According to excerpts obtained by RAW STORY, Bush, whom the author suspects preferred Mitt Romney to McCain, had been asked to join the Republican candidate at a rally in Phoenix. However, organizers shut the press out of the event because it wasn’t going to draw much of a crowd, prompting Bush to question McCain’s chances in the presidential election. “He can’t get 500 people to show up for an event in his hometown? […] This is a five-spiral crash, boys.” Bush was no more impressed with McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin as a running mate, suggesting Palin was “being put into a position she is not even remotely prepared for. She hasn’t spent one day on the national level. Neither has her family. Let’s wait and see how she looks five days out.”
Bush: McCain campaign was a "five-spiral crash"
The former president also questioned Palin's role on the Republican ticket