July 2nd, 2008
02:01 PM ET
6 years ago

Cafferty: How should McCain deal with Bush’s negatives?

Many Americans are worried that a John McCain presidency would be just like another term of George Bush.

Two thirds of Americans are concerned that McCain would pursue policies too similar to President Bush according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll. 49 percent say they are "very concerned."

This creates a real dilemma for McCain. The conservative Republican base is less than thrilled with McCain as the GOP nominee. And that's where the few remaining people who think President Bush is doing a good job reside.

McCain can't separate himself too much from Mr. Bush or conservative Republicans will tell him to take a hike. But if he doesn't separate from Bush, he's going to have trouble attracting those voters who think President Bush is the worst thing to happen to this country in a good long while. And there are lots of those.

A new Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll focuses on President Bush's disapproval rating and the unprecedented role it could play in the campaign. None of this is good news for McCain.

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  1. Dick in Sioux Falls

    May I inquire as to why my comments are not being posted?

    July 2, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. jimmy velman

    FIRST OF ALL, OBAMA HAS GENERAL WESLEY CLARK TO COUNTER McCAIN'S WAR HERO EXPERIENCE IMAGE.
    GENERAL CLARK KNOWS SO MUCH BETTER THAN OBAMA THE RIGHT QUESTIONS TO ASK THE AMERICAN COMMANDERS IN IRAQ AND THEREFORE HOW TO CONDUCT THE WAR NOT ONLY IN IRAQ BUT IN AFGHANISTAN. GENERAL CLARK HAS ALL THE CREDENTIALS TO BE IN OBAMA'S CABINET IF NOT HIS CHOICE FOR VP. THAT IS A GIVEN. GENERAL CLARK ALSO HAS A CADRE OF RETIRED GENERALS UNDER HIS WING.. THAT IS WHY SENATOR McCAIN WITH A VP CHOICE SUCH AS ROMNEY, LIEBERMAN, AND ANY OTHER , WILL LOSE IN NOVEMBER.
    THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE SENATOR McCAIN IS NOT JUST EQUAL TO , BUT IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN GENERAL CLARK
    IS NONE OTHER THAN GENERAL COLIN POWELL WHO HAS HAD
    COMBAT AND BATTLEFIELD EXPERIENCE BUT HAS HAD CONSIDERABLE EXPERIENCE IN FOREIGN POLICY AND WAR
    STARTING WITH PRESIDENT REAGAN. , THE ELDER BUSH , AND THE YOUNGER BUSH. IT WILL BE SO EXCITING TO SEE SUCH HIGH POWERED PERSONALITIES AS GENERAL WESLEY CLARK
    AND GENERAL COLIN POWELL ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE
    OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. IT'S ENOUGH TO GET THE ELECTORATE BITING THEIR FINGERNAILS AND HANGING ON THE EDGE OF THEIR SEATS. AND THE MEDIA WILL HAVE ENOUGH NEWS TO GRIND EVERY SINGLE DAY. ELECTION WEEK WILL BE A MEDIA FRENZY.. tHAT OF COURSE DEPENDS ON ONE SINGLE PERSON: GENERAL COLIN POWELL.

    July 2, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. Marc PDX

    @Barbara Gooch: you're right... but they don't. We're just going to have to go through this period of learning experience all over again because the generation that elected Jimmy Carter is too old for the Gen X'ers to listen to. Sadly, this is going to happen at a time when we can ill afford to let our guard down or when we can ill afford to let more time waste while we avoid drilling for our own oil. But, it's the dimocrats turn so let's let them show us how it should all be handled. And hold on to your seats 'cause we're gonna have a driver with a learners permit at the wheel.

    NObama N'08

    July 2, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Tyler

    I wish someone would report on how Mccain dumped his first wife because she didn't look good anymore and then hooked up with Cindy while still married.

    July 2, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. Rodney

    Bush is not to blame for the economy. The economy tumbled when the subprime mortgage market fell...remember the borrowers quit paying, the lenders quit loaning, the builders quit building, the Fed cuts rates which weakened the value of the dollar which greatly affected oil prices (which were already high because everyone's been buying SUVs for the past several years) and so on.

    Remember when Clinton got impeached and the stock market closed up for the day? That's because the markets knew Greenspan controlled the economy, not the President.

    July 2, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Joseph

    Poor John,

    I hope that the twins stick together. Why would his party pick someone who has double personality. He claims that he is a maverick but basically has been someone who can't decide who he is or what ideology he believes in. Talk about someone being all over the map. He is switching his positions desperately trying to satisfy his dysfunctional party. Dr Jeckle & Mr. Hyde are hidden under his strained smile when he speaks. He appears to strain with that fake smile trying to cover his smoldering furious anger that is always about to erupt. God help us if he were to become president and fly off the handle imagining that he was striking back at the Viet Cong .

    July 2, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Geri

    Issues Jack!!!!! Stay off personal stuff so all the blogs aren't nasty. There are 2 people in this campaign and one is always slammed and the other one is always praised. We want how they stand on issues, how they plan to solve the, what about the economy, tax hikes?? Not too many people care about the DAP or whether a few people like Michelle and another few like Cindy.

    July 2, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  8. Mike,ct

    Who votes for McCain you must be insane.

    July 2, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. Ian from BROOKLYN, NY

    Admitting there is a problem and trying to fix it. Good move. Now just admit you're no match for CHANGE and honesty, start waving that white flag. (the same one from Vietnam) and move over.

    July 3, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
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