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. Michial Lim

    McCain and Bush are all from the same tree and the same umbilical cord. Both want war while our economy is in distress. I'm disapointed!!!

    Obama 08'

    July 2, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. Marco

    It looks like the GOP is running a lost race.

    Maybe that's why they picked McCain in the first place. The old 'maverick' guy that every conservative wants to get rid off.

    GOP's thinking: "let's burn the guy we don't like to the presidential election since we are not going to win anyway because of the heavy Bush' Albatross we have hanging on our necks"

    July 2, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. For the Black Eagle

    Yeees!!!! Our brothers & sisters, mums & dads, grandmas & grandpas..... serving in Iraq will soon be coming home! Goodbye 100years!

    July 2, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. President McCain

    MCWINNER!!!

    July 2, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Larry Sinclair

    Why did Barack Obama leave his white live-in girlfriend?

    July 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. McCain

    Jack;
    McCain needs to ask the countries he's visiting what to do.

    All but 2 countries in a recent poll of 80+ countries thought Obama would make a much better President than McCain.

    One country was the USA
    The other (I forget)

    July 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. AMW

    McCain needs to denouce Bush and do the opposite. McCain will really not be an improvement. We really need Hillary Clinton to get this country back on it's feet. Anything less is downright scary.

    July 2, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. William, from Cali!

    Straight-on and honestly!..................................................that's the only way, to go.....................................but, there are some many.....................be that "wrongly perceived; or rightly justified", by us the voters! I, for one; Thanks you, Mr. President; for a tuff- job well done. Signed: A fellow American

    July 2, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Jide

    The only diffrence between Mc Old and Mr. President(Bush) is that Mc Old or McSame I should say went to war and was caught while Bush dodged war, was never cought and was selected to be Mr. President......hahahahahahaha Mc Bush..

    July 2, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Hans-Erik Iken

    Adding Bush staff to his campaign won't help him in distancing himself from the rest of the GOP crooks either.

    He seems to be toeing the line more everyday and the old boys network in the GOP are running his campaign and him.

    He is just another Bush in the making: a token president in the pocket of the once pulling the strings.

    July 2, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Hans-Erik Iken

    Adding Bush staff to his campaign won't help him in distancing himself from the rest of the GOP crooks either.

    He seems to be toeing the line more everyday and the old boys network in the GOP are running his campaign and him.

    He is just another Bush in the making: a token president in the pocket of the ones pulling the strings.

    July 2, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. I'm so right I'm RIGHT

    I don't care if he cheated on his first wife with Cindy. We true AMERICANS trust McCain I don't care if they still have that prenupt and Cindy doesn't trust him, we TRUE AMERICANS TRUST HIM!!

    The only thing I care about is that McCain is against abortion.

    Everything else, doesn't matter.

    July 2, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    He could start by firing the Bush insiders now running McCain's campaign.

    Some agent of change.

    July 2, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. Walt

    I hate Obama wrote: "NEWS FLASH…..Democrats have been in control of both houses of comgress for a couple of years, yet we curently have a weak economy and record high gas prices! So for all of you who think change is coming if a democrat gets elected, please get your facts straight!"

    Uh BIGGER NEWS FLASH: During the last two years, Bush has had veto power which he uses a whole lot and the House in Senate is virtually split in half. Do you understand the concept of 2/3 vote to override? Or are you so enveloped in hatred that you can't think straight?

    Maybe you do hate Obama although I can't imagine why such a strong emotion. I have supported him in the past and I'm not too pleased with him myself this week–That said, he is far and away the better candidate of the two on most issues-that is unless you enjoy the misery the Bush administration has heaped upon the American people during the last 8 years and want John McBush to continue them as he certainly will.

    July 2, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. Little Lulu

    Well, judging by the imcompetent remarks of some of you crazies, you just want McCain to drop out so there doesn't have to be an election. That way old slick Obamanation can just waltz right into the White House and not have to go through the selection process. You all, as well as Obama, think he deserves it. Well, hate to be the one to burst your bubble – BUT HE DOES NOT DESERVE IT AND WILL NOT WIN IT IF THE ELECTION PROCESS IS HANDLED CORRECTLY and not like the DNC's "selection" process and their "Force" of getting Hillary to 'JUMP ON OBAMA'S BANDWAGON OR ELSE".

    If all you Obamanots are so sure you'll win in November, why not let the process take its course and see. You are showing that you're afraid that he won't win it FAIR AND SQUARE and can only get there by selection and self-proclamation.

    July 2, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. emmanuel, columbia, sc

    why do you keep focusing on mccain, bush and the gop? and what makes you think that the trillion dollars in new spending obama is proposing will make the economy any better?

    July 2, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. Charlotte

    McCain has a problem with Bush no doubt about it, yet we have
    the worst economy, an unpopular war, record fuel prices, the lowest approval rating for a sitting President in history and the race is too close to call? Why? Could it be because Obama was a little too urgent in his bid for the White House? The best chance to take back the White House, may not happen. Neither one will have a mandate from the people. Gore loss by 500 votes, and Lieberman may have been the main reason. The person each candidate picks for VP may well determine the winner in November. I will still write in Hillary on my ballot, as will many people I know. We don't like the choices either party, the DNC/GOP, have selected. Think of us as Clinton Democrats, rather then Reagan Democrats. Hillary is still my choice
    Charlotte
    clovis, ca

    July 2, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Overby

    I wouldn't even consider voting for McCain, and I'm enough of a Republican that I was invited to the last Inaugural Ball put on by the Republican Senators! He's too Bush, can't remember a speech he's given thousands of times and his bobblehead keeps bouncing to the three teleprompters he always uses, he's wanting to keep us forever in Iraq....he's like Hillary: he's the only one that doesn't know he's already lost.

    July 2, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Rosemary

    Jack,
    Do you ever have anything good to say about our President? What makes you think you know everything.. If you had to deal with what he has to, you would be in a nut house. He has been dealing with everything since 911, and after that , he was the man.. The war with the terrorist was forseeable and Clinton should have known, after the first bombing of the trade center. Clinton did nothing. Oh yes, he did something.... I'm so glad Hillary didn't make it as the candidate, for she would have been another way for Bill to get into the White House.
    That is what this country needs again.
    I am a Bush fan forever. You have no respect for the President.

    July 2, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. Dick in Sioux Falls

    John McCain, addition to Bush's problems, can hardly separate himself from Bush when he shares George W.'s commitment to interfere with other nation's sovereignty to establish Democracies.

    What a laugh. We no longer even have a Democracy in the United States. A Progressive Income Tax has been synonymous with Democracy ever since the ancient city/state of Athens noticed that the rich paid the same tax rate as the poor, which even the rich at that time deemed unfair – so the Progressive Income Tax and Democracy were born at the same time. We currently live under (and suffer under) a Tyrnny of the Rich.

    July 2, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Dick in Sioux Falls

    John McCain, addition to Bush's problems, can hardly separate himself from Bush when he shares George W.'s commitment to interfere with other nation's sovereignty to establish Democracies.

    What a laugh. We no longer even have a Democracy in the United States. A Progressive Income Tax has been synonymous with Democracy ever since the ancient city/state of Athens noticed that the rich paid the same tax rate as the poor, which even the rich at that time deemed unfair – so the Progressive Income Tax and Democracy were born at the same time. We currently live under (and suffer under) a Tyrnny of the Rich.

    Certainly I have said similar things, but never in this context.

    July 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. Mike

    The Bush negatives are the McBush negatives. They are the exact same thing. McCain is Bush's third term.

    July 2, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. aaaaa

    hahahahaha mcshame cant deal with bushes negative side its over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 2, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Trollmaster

    If McCain wants to see a Republican in the White House, he should just drop out and let Ron Paul run. He's their only chance.

    I'll tell ya right now I'll vote for Paul over Obama.

    July 2, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. lol

    WHAT CHANGE??? OH YAH...CHANGE TO HIGHER TAXES AND ETC AND ETC

    July 2, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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