July 2nd, 2008
02:01 PM ET
10 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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soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Phil EU

    simple Jack, he has to walk freely in Bagdad and take the wifey on a shopping trip..!

    July 2, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. yannik, Tx

    Mc Can't or Mc war should be retired already. He must accept the Bush -Dick Cheny failing pocily on the war, on the economy, and health care. If he is a true hero he should oppose this war in Iraq, standing against the Bush -Cheney policies. But he never stand against anything, therefore he is Mc War, Mc Bush, War monger plus he has the same age as my GRAND DAD. My GRand DAD cannot run,lift weight, so is Mc cain going to be like that? he is out of touch.

    July 2, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Mary WA

    Not by hiring the man who Shift Boated Kerry during the race with Bush AND Bush's campaign manager!

    July 2, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. No McBush

    Why should Mac suffer due to Bush-They are birds of a feather and they flock together, stupid!

    July 2, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. Reality Check


    July 2, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Dale

    McCain needs to distance himself from Bush as much as is possible if he wants to rid himself of the tremendous liability. I'd think most Republicans would forgive him if they care about winning in November. Yet I doubt he will do that because so far he hasn't been as good at doing what he needs to be a strong candidate as he has been at pandering to uber-conservatives and watering down all that used to be great about John McCain.

    July 2, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |

    MCcain has no clue he's a war monger Maccain and his supporters should drop out and endorse Obama for president because he won't win in november. He's too old, he's the 3th term of Georges Bush and he's not qualified for this job he's qualified only for war he has a memory of war that's why he will never surrender in Irak and The economy will be worsining and, will have more forclosure, more jobs lost, and more students who don't have student loan. And even we want to travel in Europe you will be able to spend a lot of money because of the American dollar divaluation.

    July 2, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Taa Taa

    I think he should tell how he and Cindy met... I want to know if it is true that he left his wife and 3 kids for the wanna be next first lady.,., That is slime and disgusting, especially if he left his wife crippled with 3 kids. How can the beer heiress live with that? How can Mccain be ok with that? You friggin fraud.. That speaks directly to your character...

    July 2, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. Taa Taa

    POW does not mean you qualify to be president. I agree with Clark 100%. George Bush is the worst leader ever, and Mccain is following suit...

    July 2, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. gobo

    McCain can not run way from Bush' s negatives because he is in it. He is part and parce of the negativitiy. He may not have much choice but to embrace it. That way he can at least get the suppport of his base.

    July 2, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Dale

    Gosh, I get the feeling people who think McCain would be better on national security and foreign policy haven't thought that out very robustly. Really–just because he was in a war, was a POW for 5 years, and wants to keep us in Iraq, those things mean he'd be better in these areas? Why? How? To me, they're barely relevant. Regarding national security and foreign policy judgment and intelligence matter more than anything else. From what I've seen so far Obama wins on both counts.

    July 2, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. Paula Hussein R from Canada

    He can shuffle, shake up, or even line dance the new team, he could do the twist to Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran it doesn't matter .McCain is still old, deaf as a post, inept at speaking, has anger issues and in my opinion is a war monger. He could stand on his head and spit pennies and the facts are the facts. McCain is a poor choice for U.S. president. That's my two bits worth Jack, so put that in the juke box and play it! Shake it up Johnny!

    July 2, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. Piero Pretto

    Bush carries a 70% percent unapproval! McCain has to come up with a potitical plan that doesn't sound to Democratic but sways moderately from our president's crap

    July 2, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. Strict Script

    Barack Obama 08!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 2, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. al



    July 2, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Jim Franklyn

    This is perfect news!! Mr. Bush is the worst person to reside at 1600 Pennsylvania avenue ever. Keep the good reports coming, then Barak will be our Man!

    P.S., I am a 50-year old White male who makes a good living...

    July 2, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |

    Seen from abroad: Senator Obama has style and depth, but voters should rejoice in the idea that Senator McCain is no dummy either. The former is center-left, the latter right wing. American voters can pick whomever they can relate, too. You can disagree, but the candidates deserve respect from all of us.

    Remember 2004: there was one smart candidate vs one intellectually and ethically challenged. The voters made their bed!

    July 2, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. Jim Franklyn

    Oops I forgot something very important, if they allow all the votes to be cast and counted, this election will be a nightmare for Neo-nuts. They have screwed things up so bad Obama should win by a 15%++

    July 2, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. Dion in Montgomery

    Jack, McCain is only trying to be like the man who defeated him during the 2000 nomination, what do you expect? He figured that if Bush could defeat him doing what he is doing, why not be like Bush all over again, and just maybe the people will start to love him again.

    July 2, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  20. Patriot

    Jack: Tell him to pay his taxes and then tell Bush to stop lying about the GI Bill that he says was McCains' when McCain opposed it and didn't vote for! Last time I checked, not paying your Taxes was illegal. He could do the right thing and pay his taxes! That might be a start, I doubt it, just like I doubt this will get posted. We are talking about how someone who wants to be President or for that matter is an elected Senator and his house-hold is not paying their Taxes, like every other Patriotic American!

    July 2, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. M.S. Indiana

    So tomorrow we will have a new view on the world... He will be campaigning for peace in Iraq and Iran will be his best buddy...

    Give us some solutions !!!! we are in a crisis here in USA !!!!
    Don't just flip flop and pander people with tax breaks....

    July 2, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. HereWeGo

    Change his party affilication to independent. Repubs have ruined it for him.

    July 2, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Kevin in Denver

    Anthony: The individuals who speak "Obama is fresh and he will bring something new to the White House", can they please tell the country what is this "something new" that Obama will bring?

    Answer: Raw Intellect my friend.......... it IS a requirement for making any meaningful decision.

    July 2, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  24. Marc PDX

    Go on the offensive. Show how close Obama is to Jimmy Carter. They're two of a kind and we know how great of a president Jimmah was.

    NObamination N'08!

    July 2, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  25. Kevin in Denver

    Jose: How is Uhhhbama going to separate himself from the WORST POLITICAL PARTY IN HISTORY????

    you must have been 10 years old in the 90's cause it was GREAT!!!!!!

    July 2, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
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