McCain Headed to the White House, for Lunch

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White House (AP) Presumptive republican presidential nominee John McCain is headed for the White House to have lunch today with President Bush and get his endorsement.

Once McCain's bitter primary rival himself, the president is rolling out the red carpet. There'll be a formal welcome at the north portico, followed by lunch in Bush's private dining room and a formal endorsement in the rose garden.

Bush will be giving his stamp of approval to a GOP maverick who's crossed swords with Bush on things like campaign finance, tax cuts and waterboarding. But the White House insists Bush's endorsement will be heartfelt.

In recent weeks, Bush has gone out of his way to defend the senator's conservative credentials, saying big-name conservative attacks on McCain have been grossly unfair