January 8th, 2008
11:13 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Bush has clear effect

(CNN) - President Bush is hundreds of miles away from New Hampshire, but he had a powerful effect on the state's Republican presidential primary, according to CNN exit polls.

Roughly half of Republican primary voters had a negative opinion of the Bush administration, and those voters significantly went for Arizona Sen. John McCain by nearly a 2-to-1 margin. Of the GOP voters who said they had a positive opinion of the Bush administration, 37 percent voted for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

So while Romney tried heavily to be the candidate of change in the closing days of the New Hampshire campaign, voters overwhelmingly believed that McCain better represents the change candidate.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: New Hampshire
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. John L

    I agree McCain is the best republican candidate. But If Hillary runs against McCain, McCain WILL win.

    January 8, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  2. David-Paul Niner

    I'm so grateful that this country has been safe against attack since 9/11 (aside from the poor souls who've died in The Middle East). But its a real stretch of the imagination to assume that given the poor job Bush, et. al have done securing our borders that this was the result of any proactive stance on their part. I'm generally apathetic on the subject of immigration, by the way, and feel it's largely a brilliantly manufactured issue, but it's had the latent effect of bringing forward the truth about how "safe" this country really is from terrorist attack.

    At the end of the day it's very difficult to find any lasting positive legacy this administration will leave.


    January 8, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  3. Ryan

    How can a guy who has been in Washington for decades be more likely to change it. If people want change in Washington, you have to send someone who hasn't been there for years and years and more years. However, I do think that Romney is too close to the Bush administration, and that is going to continue to hurt him if he doesn't distance himself from Bush.

    January 8, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  4. Shannon, Charlottesville, Virginia

    wouldn't mccain be like having a third term for bush?

    January 8, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  5. Schnarfe

    Surprisingly half of the Republicans are fed up with Bush?!?!

    If that is the case, why vote for John McCain? I will be honest and say that I dislike Bush and never did like him, but I almost would prefer to elect George Walker Bush Dictator For Life than to elect McCain for a single four year term. McCain is a fascist blowhard! Any Republicans who have qualms with Bush or who want any sort of change have one choice: RON PAUL.

    Having said that, though I am upset with Huckabee and McStain for winning states that Ron Paul should have won, I am atleast happy they beat Mitt Kerry...er uh...Romney. Sorry, I ALWAYS confuse those two!

    January 9, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  6. E. C., Houston, Texas

    This article makes no sense. McCain is 100% exactly like Presient Bush, and he will continue Bush's policies on Iraq, on Terrorism, and everything else..
    However, McCain isn't going to go any further.... unless he changes his views on Illegal Aliens. American citizens do not want a President who supports amnesty in any manner, and most Americans want a strict, enforced policy, supporting the deportation of Illegal Aliens. It is against the Law for these illegal aliens to be allowed to live in this country indefinitely, especially in sanctuary cities, and action must be taken to force deportation.
    Mitt Romney is the better choice, and highly experienced in International affairs, the economy and public affairs, such as Healthcare and Insurance. Besides, Mitt Romney is the most refined Statesman, Gentleman, and more highly educated than McCain. Mitt Romney is also the most Presidential of all the candidates.

    January 9, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  7. Cindy

    Americans are ashamed of ourselves for being so uninformed to have put Bush and Cheny in office. We are horrified at their unmonitored Faith Based Initiative Program giving out billions of taxpayer dollars, destroying the valuable, needed Seperation of Church and State. A citizen should NOT be forced to give taxdollars and acres of land to primarily Fundamentalist Christian Churches whose goal is to change American politics to their biblical ways and understanding of their Bible's literal word.

    We are horrified that they don't understand that we "get" why we are so sick with aggressive cancers, ADHD's, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia – the gammut from the some 300 chemicals in our bloodstreams. These chemicals are the side effects of the wonderfully progressive industrial and technological ages; to which Congress allows insurances to fefuse coverage and to claim we have some "predisposition" to one thing or another. Citizen's would gladly accept tax dollars going to provide healthcare for all as their responsibility from the blessings (and curses) of progress. Industry should offer help as well.

    We are horrified that Nancy Pelosi determined for us broadly (after) we put Dems in slight majority that "Impeachment" would be off the table! This man, his VP, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, Tom DeLay and dozens more are liars, traitors and spies on "we the people" and are ten times in need of impeachment over Nixon. About 1000 times over the need to have impeached Clinton. How dare the Dems.
    Also they have not ended this ILLEGAL war.

    The primaries may seem fun for the nasty pundants who help keep America divided and the political nuts happy. But all is not well with America, our children and our so called credibility. "We the people" are dying out here, financially, physically, spiritually and emotionally from decades of powerful, greedy, secretive so called leaders "for the people."

    We have had enough – since we can only fight and win some of the time, you rich guys win! No candidate is going to undo the massive damage to our goverment process.

    History will write the truth about the Bush Regime. Shame on your sirs! Shame on you!

    January 9, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  8. cade

    Mitt will be the agent of positive change! He is a master at taking bad situations and making them better, much better. He understands that for this nation to continue to be strong we need to focus on the family unit. What good is a strong military if there is nothing left to protect. He has the leadership skills and abilities to lead this nation in the right direction!

    January 9, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  9. David

    Just go ahead and say it CNN...........you hate Romney. You pull some obscure argument and throw against Romney and call it news. I like CNN but this is another example of how biased it can be on the political ticker whenever it wants.

    P.S.- Where is the coverage on McCain and the Republicans? This whole political ticker only talks about Democrats except for this biased article.

    January 9, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  10. Sandra TN

    Did you have to post the pic. with the article?? I, along with others I've spoken to, can't understand why the man hasn't been impeached. At this point, there's no way I'd vote for a Rep..., not that some Dems. are any better. I couldn't be more disappointed in the people running this country. They seem more concerned with putting money in their own pockets, than giving our people a fair shot.

    January 9, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  11. Corwin

    I must admit I'm stunned and amazed both by the Republican mindless frenzy over a candidate who overwhelmingly betrayed them for 7 years, and thier ability to have faith in a cadre of candidates who publicly state they support him and his decisions to succeed him and bring about "change". I sometimes wondered what world the majority of republican supporters lived in over the last 7 years. Is there some secret society they belong to where "Reform social security" does NOT in reality mean "cut the already completely inadequiet support thier elderly parents are attempting to live on"? Do republican's children some how stand a better chance of making a living for themselves and thier children on wages from working at Walmart or McDonalds than democrats children? And the myth that "The military are all republicans" ...Wouldn't believing that lie FORCE them to concede that George W Bush sent almost 5000 or THIER children, parents, husbands and wives to Iraq to die for the sake of generating HUGE profits for mulit-national corporations (who, btw, it's common knowledge had this war planned for years before GWB was elected)? I can sort of understand the very wealthy being republicans...George takes extremely good care of them by catering to thier overbloated sense of self importance and fostering the type of environment where they can pass thier arrogant denial and inflated sense of self worth on to thier children. But statistically there have to be almost as many republican citizens sending thier children to horribly underfunded public schools and having no hope of recovering from a catastrophic illness or outsourced manufacturing or technical job as there are democrats...what are they thinking? Alas, apparently the answer is they are not. They are reacting in the typical "knee jerk" fashion to what this administration and thier propoganda ministry "FoX NewS" is feeding them...a constant stream of imagined insults and carefully contrived menaces, backed with a subtle undercurrent of hatred for anyone and anything protrayable as slightly different than themselves. It must take a special type of person to be able to proudly display thier "Bush/Cheney 04" bumper stickers while NOT admitting how badly thier choice has affected them personally, and still be able to claim proudly they voted THIS time for a candidate of "change".
    I've decided I can live rather well with being branded a "bleeding heart liberal" by these people for "destroying our country" by feeding the poor and offering medical care to the elderly and education and hope to the young.

    January 9, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  12. John McCain

    This is George Bush, who cares about him anymore.

    January 9, 2008 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  13. Tom, NY

    Hard to believe story, when McCain is exactly like Bush.

    January 9, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  14. Sam IA

    After a good swiftboating 7 years ago McCain has become nothing more than a Bush lackey. I see no change coming from this man.

    January 9, 2008 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  15. wiiliam quick MD

    This has been an exceedingly difficult beginning of the 21st century for America. We have endured and suffered through what has undoubtedly been the worst presidency in the history of the union. George Bush, the pathologic narcissist, and Dick Cheney, the greedy power mad psychopath, have wrecklessly careened our country down every possible wrong path. Why impeachment has not been entertained by the democratic leadership is beyond me. If the article of impeachment does not apply to this criminal administration, then it should be removed from the constitution. I am counting the days to the election in November when this pathetic administration will begin its slither out of the white house. My hope is that the karma bush/cheney have accumulated during these past 7 years will come back to them swiftly and with the same compassion they have shown the majority of Americans they never bothered to represent

    January 9, 2008 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  16. wiiliam quick MD

    My comment stands. If CNN decides to censor it then so be it.

    January 9, 2008 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  17. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    McCain can not defeat Clinton: Just looking at the raw number in NH – McCain is a distant third.

    Rudy, being almost a non-Republican, might siphon off Democrats not fond of Hillary but John McCain is a Bush-Hugger and a war-monger. That will encourage the Democrats to stay with their party ... and in much larger numbers since the GOP will stay home and pout – not having anyone they really like.

    Interesting tidbit: Democrats consider the issues most important and candidates' "like them" fact second ... just the opposite polling for the GOP – they have to be "in love" and the issues are secondary.

    January 9, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  18. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    When 33rd President Truman left office in 1953, his approval ratings were in the low 30s (sound familiar?), although he is now considered to be one of the best and most decisive presidents of the 20th century.

    Likewise, I believe history will be kind to 43rd President Bush. His accomplishments have been significant:

    – Soaring stock market;

    – Low unemployment (currently "rose" to 5% nationally, but has been in the 4% range for years);

    – No terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 09/11/2001;

    – Ousted the ruthless Taliban regime from Afghanistan;

    – Ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein from Iraq;

    – Crippled the al queda terrorist organization.

    I've never been so undecided on whom to vote for in the primary elections. While I believe many of the Republican candidates are good men, it is CRUCIAL to select the candidate who has is most experienced, particularly on foreign policy and military knowledge, due to the age of Terrorism in which we currently find ourselves.

    In my view, John McCain is the most qualified candidate to lead our great nation. While I've disagreed with Senator McCain on many issues over the years (i.e., I believe he is too liberal on the issues of immigration and treatment of wartime prisoners), he is one of the only Republicans (that I can recall) who supported the Iraqi surge, which has proven successful (which is why the LIBERAL MEDIA are conveniently ignoring Iraq the last few months; their hypocrisy is staggering).

    Furthermore, I believe McCain can beat Hillary or Obama in November 2008. Many of the Federal Supreme Court justices are now seniors (in their seventies); as a result, several vacancies will occur within the next few years. I, for one, do NOT want to see any more "Ruth Bader Ginsbergs" on the Supreme Court.

    As an ACLU lawyer, Ginsberg was in favor of allowing girls as young as 12 obtain an abortion WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT. Regardless of your views on abortion, this should enrage all Americans, Republican and Democrat, since Ginsberg clearly wants to circumvent parental authority.

    Go McCain!

    January 9, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  19. Bill W - PA

    Yeah, because John McCain is just SO different from George Bush. NOT!

    January 9, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  20. Bill W - PA

    – No terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 09/11/2001;

    But 9/11 still happened on George W Bush's watch. He is still responsible. Never mind there were no attacks on American soil AT ALL prior to George Bush?

    January 9, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  21. Brian, UK

    So, Thomas, the worst terrorist attack on US soil occurs during Bush's time in charge, and yet you think history will remember him for the fact that there weren't any others? That would be an interesting approach.

    As for your "soaring stock market", last I checked it wasn't soaring. And it soared only in comparison to the dotcom post-millennial bubble-burst.

    And let's not even mention sub-prime mortgages

    Presidents are remembered for what they changed, and what changed while they were in charge: and much more for their home record than their adventures abroad. I think Bush will be remember for 9/11 and the response to it – which primarily (from a longer-term perspective) probably means the Patriot Act.

    January 9, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  22. Sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Hey John from St Petersburg:


    January 9, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  23. Al, NY NY

    Thomas from St Pete. Here are some counterpoints:

    -Soaring stock market:? It lost another 238 points yesterday and according to CNN, the market is down 5% this year, is only 650 points higher than the 52 week low and is 1650 points down from it's high. Sounds like a bit of a downslide. Of course anyone supporting the Chimp in chief would say CNN is distorting the facts because they hate the smirking dolt. I heard on the radio today that gas this spring will soar to around $3.45 a gallon. That sounds great to me!!

    -Unemployment:? some props there for Shrub

    -No attacks:? Anyone who has any sense would know that an attack (maybe not on the scale of 9/11) is possible at any time. No securing of the border even after he boasted of upping the patrols and no improvement of cargo inspecting will allow an attack at any time

    -Taliban out of Afghanistan: not quite. They still are too strong. by the way, where is Osama?? I thought he was going to be caught? After 9/11 he was public enemy #1. Of course after a long and costly (and totally unproductive) search for him, he's "no longer relevant." How convenient to CYA (cover your - for those who don't know it)

    -Saddam was a minor player who was conveniently around so Bush could put on a show of how powerful he was. A brutal man but had only a minor role to do with terror around the world. I bet Shrub was wringing his hands in glee when Saddam swung "I got him daddy. Just like I said I would."

    -Al Quada: props for him there

    I see that you listen to Hannity since you parrot his "Ruth Bader Ginsburg" comments verbatim. I'm sure the fat, pill-popping windbag is also in on that drivel.

    McCain is the only Republican I would even consider voting for (though doubtful) BECAUSE he actually stood apart from Bush and his minions in the campaign finance issue and the judge issue. Now that he has some momentum I expect the smear campaign to begin. Rove is sharpening his pencil right now and will surely have a say in how things shake out.

    As a new yorker and having close review of Giuliani, anyone who considers him a hero is seriously uninformed. This power-hungry, headline grabbing wannabe is a total fraud. He did NOTHING more than any other mayor of a city would do in a time of crisis and his repulsive comments about how much time he spent at the site and his constant 9/11 references to everything "Hey Rudy, how was the weather in Florida?"–"It was as nice as it was on 9/11" are an outrage. If anyone has listened lately, he's changed his boast of the number of tax cuts he made as mayor. Initially is was 23 with no details, just him. Now its 18 (?) with the rest being ones he didn't initiate but signed off on.

    I am not particularly enamored with any of the Democratic candidates but please do not try to make Idiot-boy into anything more than what he is...a failure on almost every front. And by the way...."BRING IT ON"–what a joke he is

    January 9, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  24. Frank

    Thomas how much stock do you own in Fox News? I believe a visit to Dr. Phil/ Dr Laura is in order for you.
    Isn't this the time of day that you put fresh flowers on the Altar that you've set up in your basement ,dedicated to Hannity and all the partisan bozo's at Faux News?
    Do you leave the lights on to shine 24/7 on Gunga-Din Bushs' Aircraft Carrier Moment Poster, with a machine-made autograph on it that's made out to you?

    January 9, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  25. Biden Backer/Seattle

    Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL January 9, 2008 7:55 am ET

    When 33rd President Truman left office in 1953, his approval ratings were in the low 30s (sound familiar?), although he is now considered to be one of the best and most decisive presidents of the 20th century.

    Likewise, I believe history will be kind to 43rd President Bush. His accomplishments have been significant:

    Wow, buddy-
    You're as delusional as the entire administration. Soaring economy, huh? Our dollar is weaker than Canada's. We are globally loathed due to 'cowboy diplomacy', the taliban & al queda are thriving-not gone as you claim, and iraq is getting dollara desperately needed domestically. Our country is as big as a mess as it ever has been, except for the top 1/2 of 1% who are sticking it to the low/middle class.

    Open your eyes, dude. Seriously.

    January 9, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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