October 23rd, 2008
11:09 AM ET
8 years ago

McCain lashes out at Bush's record

McCain lashed out at Bush's record Wednesday.

McCain lashed out at Bush's record Wednesday.

(CNN) - John McCain lashed out at President Bush's record on a host of issues Wednesday, perhaps the Arizona senator's harshest criticism to date of his party's standard-bearer for the last eight years.

"Spending, the conduct of the war in Iraq for years, growth in the size of government, larger than any time since the Great Society, laying a $10 trillion debt on future generations of America, owing $500 billion to China, obviously, failure to both enforce and modernize the [financial] regulatory agencies that were designed for the 1930s and certainly not for the 21st century, failure to address the issue of climate change seriously," McCain told the Washington Times when asked to name his criticisms of the current president.

"Those are just some of them," McCain said, laughing.

The comments are the latest in the Arizona senator's efforts to distance himself from the unpopular president as Election Day inches closer and opinion surveys repeatedly suggest Bush is a heavy drag on the GOP ticket. A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll showed the president's approval rating mired in the mid-20s while nearly 60 percent of voters felt McCain would continue the president's policies.

In the interview, McCain also took swipes at the president for supporting a massive Medicare program, the administration's repeated invocation of executive privilege to sidestep oversight, and Dick Cheney's powerful role as vice president.

"I don't agree with [Vice President] Dick Cheney's allegation that he's part of both the legislative and the executive branch," McCain said.


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  1. DC Steve

    LOL...much to late old white haired dude. You should have done that at the beginning of the campaign. By the way...you aren't fooling anyone...its so obvious that you are desperately trying something to get you up in the polls. Sad...so sad.

    October 23, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. MIKE

    Wow!! Could it be that he has no more bad things to say about Obama, so now he is turning on Bush??? One thing's for sure, he has nothing good to say about himself except "We'll fix it.", and "I have a plan.", but he never says what that plan is. So, he has decided to distance himself from HIS OWN VOTING RECORD!!!! Senator McCain, George bush is not Senator Obama. If you wanted to run against Senator Obama, you should have started at the beginning of this election cycle. Too late in the game to start trying now.

    October 23, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Ms. M

    Yet, Sen. McCain voted in favor of 90% of Pres. Bush's economic and other issues. Didn't Gov. Palin just say yesterday that that was the role of the Vice President. Apparently she was not a constitutional law student.

    October 23, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Young Republicans for OBAMA

    WHAT A HYPOCRITE !!!!

    MCBUSH HAS THE SAME RECORD AS BUSH & WORSE.

    AT LEAST BUSH DOESN'T FLIP-FLOP LIKE MCBUSH DOES.

    MCSAME VOTED FOR DEREGULATIONS & THE IRAQ WAR.

    THE TWO SINGLE POLICIES THAT LED US HERE.

    MCSAME & JOE LIEBERFOOL MAN WHATEVER CORNER

    THEY THINK WILL GET THEM A DOLLAR, OUR DOLLAR.

    October 23, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Ted

    Finally he figures it out. This campaign is against Bush

    October 23, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Wanda

    Way too late, John ... each day your campaign becomes a little more sickening. You are in no way funny, so cut out the laughing. Three words ... SLIDE BABY SLIDE.

    October 23, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Sharon, Minnesota

    Does that mean that John is 90% responsible for Bush's policies since he supported them? When do we get to hear John from 2000 criticize John of 2008?

    October 23, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Frank from Peterborough

    Imagine what an irratic idiot now trying to distance himself from the administration that he himself supported over 90% of the time with his votes. Actually more than 90% now as he has flip flopped on some of issues he didn't support so he could get some of the Conservative base.

    McCain is the perfect definition of desperation but far to little far too late.

    October 23, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Mr Brown

    Now he wants to disagree with his buddy??? Reeks of desparation to me

    October 23, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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