July 20th, 2010
06:39 PM ET
4 years ago

GOP says George W. Bush not 'on the ballot' in 2010

Democrats' continued references to George W. Bush are spurring push back from Republicans who want campaigns focused on the current administration.
Democrats' continued references to George W. Bush are spurring push back from Republicans who want campaigns focused on the current administration.

Washington (CNN) - House Republicans are pushing back on Democratic efforts to frame the 2010 midterm elections as a referendum on Republican policies adopted when George W. Bush was President, arguing the election is about the "Obama-Pelosi agenda."

"They can spin, they can sing, they can dance naked in the streets to say it's about Bush, but he's neither in the White House nor on the ballot," said Oregon Republican Greg Walden, deputy chairman of the House GOP campaign committee, talking about Democrats, Tuesday.

But while the GOP wants to focus their message on the Democratically controlled Congress, they aren't asking for any help from former President George W. Bush on the campaign trail this year.


Texas Republican Congressman Pete Sessions, who chairs the campaign committee, said he hasn't asked the former President to stump for candidates. He told reporters Tuesday that GOP candidates already "have their footing" in their races and noted that the former President has not participated in any political activities since he left office.

"He has not been involved. He does not do fundraisers. He's said to us 'I'm not interested in doing it' and that's goes back to the day he left," Sessions said.

In contrast, the White House and Congressional Democrats have already invited President Bill Clinton on the trail and are expected to draft him to visit more districts this fall. Clinton stumped for Pennsylvania Democrat Mark Critz, who won a special election in May to fill the seat of the late Rep John Murtha, D-Pennsylvania. The former President also helped out Senator Blanche Lincoln hold off a challenge from a fellow Democrat in his home state of Arkansas last month.


Filed under: 2010 • George W. Bush • GOP • President Obama
soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Hope For Change

    LOL – it is a growing joke as every year passes and Obama's invisible friend "Bush" continues to take the blame for all things wrong in the world. Actually it is a measure of the impotence of this administration that they 1) can't fix anything, and 2) can't take ownership for anything. And that's why this is only a one term presidency.

    July 20, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. Justin T.

    All I know is that when I retired in 2000, I had more than enough money to last my life time. In the eight years Bush was in office I lost 65% of it to policies he pushed though congress, ENRON and the latest economic meltdown. I'd say Bush is still casting a VERY long shadow over my life.

    July 20, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  3. karin

    Bush's name may not be on the ballot but all the damage he did and left behind is facing all of us, except the rich. The Republican's do not want him seen with them.

    July 20, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. JR Mease

    They are also delaying the release of Bush's book until after
    the elections in November. A smart move for Republicans who
    know that any reminder of Bush means votes for Democrats.

    July 20, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    I forgot to mention the GOP is also running on eliminating social security, medicare, and medicaid. Go Bushies! Try to destroy America, and lose in November.

    July 20, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. D.

    Ah, he is not... so why Obama attacks him all the time? I wonder?!

    July 20, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. Larry

    I love the stupidity of the lying republicans.

    Hey Walden, your boy Pete Sessions said, just today, that he wants to return to the days of G.Dubya Bush.

    Lying republicans.

    July 20, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  8. KathyC in Minnesota

    Former President Bush may not be on the ballot this election time, but Republicans who want the Bush Tax Cuts made permanent will keep him in the limelight.

    July 20, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. Jan

    I wish they would ask him to help and he would accept. I'd love to see him fall all overhimself trying to put 2 complete sentances together.

    I still can't imagine what this country would be like if McCain and Palin had been elected. Dumb and dumber. God help us.

    July 20, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  10. Robert

    GWB may not be on the ballot, but the same "i'm a conservative" deficit spending phony conservatives all are. the same ones that promised to be conservative but ended up spending like drunken sailors without any means to cover that spend. the same GOP and republicans who promised to be conservative but instead spent our taxpayer dollars overseas in iraq and on halliburton INSTEAD of the American people. the same ones that promised small government but grew it to invade the personal lives of the American people and to legislate religion into their lives.

    GWB may not be running but the same phony conservatives are.

    July 20, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    That's only because he and the GOP are still in our wallets.

    July 20, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. LOL in Texas

    Republicans purport history began the day Obama took office. We all know the reason they don't want George W. Bush to campaign for them this fall.........or ever again. They can't handle the truth!!!

    July 20, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. Save America, impeach the treasonous democrats

    Democrats will milk the "Bush's Fault" phrase as long as possible. It won them the Congress and presidency, but it won't fool the nation again.

    Vote out all the liberal kooks. There are good democrats, but lately they appear to have morphed into rubber stamps for the unsustainable Obama agenda.

    July 20, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  14. Larry

    The Republican party USED George W. for 8 years

    George did not care (or understand) what he said or did during his entire stint in office, just as long as his name was on the Oval office door

    George has had a free ride his entire life, do you really think he had ANY say in ANY decision that came out of the White House

    Dick Cheney and Karl Rove, ran this country under the pen name George W. Bush

    Do think he gives one crap about anybody but himself in this country

    George makes Palin look smart

    By the way, the Democrats do not blame George for this country's woes, he earned his own legacy, and intelligent Americans are well aware without anybody else having to tell them, regardless of how some people try to re-write history

    July 20, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    BTW, this is a perfect example of a straw man. Kudos for your magical ability to distract with red herrings, GOPers. I guess if you claim that every Dem is trying to run against Bush, it simply must be true, right? Waaaaaah, your 6 years of absolute control screwed the pooch and everyone knows it...go tell it on the mountain.

    July 20, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Former Republican - Now Independent

    That's true, but all of those that supported and agreed with his fiscal policies and corrupt ways of doing things are subject to refudiation.

    July 20, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. Joan

    No, George Bush is not on the ballot but his Republican policies are. Do you really go back to the policies that failed so badly before?

    July 20, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  18. Rob

    Yes, W is not on the ballot in 2010. However, alot of the dirtbags that voted for his failed and/or unconscionable policies (ie the war on the middle calss) are. If a congressman or senator from either party voted for the 2005 Energy Act, bankruptcy reform and/or credit card reform (you know, the law that allows credit card companies to rewrite your contract without your permission, to raise your interest rates and minimum payments), they should be held accountable to the American people. Most of them have an R before their names. Unfortunately the electorate is too ignorant to realize this. Worst of all, the votes are available online and are easy to find. All you do is google "Senate Votes" or "House Votes". The electorate won't do that though and instead alot of them will rely on certain "news" outlets to tell them what to think. Sad.

    July 20, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. Angie in Denver

    Any vote for GOP is worse than voting for Bush. He wasn't the brightest bulb in the box but at least he wasn't a righ wing nut.

    July 20, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. jay

    He may not be on the ballot, but the way they destoyed the economy is.

    July 20, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. Max In NY

    Repubs are no different than bush...just a bunch of religious rednecks. As shown by Palin and crew.

    Repubs need to stop being such hypocrites...as a democrat I can look at Obama and be able to criticize his mistakes. However GOPers only see what they like, and block out everything else.
    They scream "oh my god! look at the defecit! We cant be giving out unemployment, helping the poor, and solving global warming! We need to focus all of our money on defense and cut taxes". Mean while their boy GW and the repubs forget that they have added the majority of the defecit in the last 8 years and wanna pin that on the dems somehow...as if the information isnt available to show who added the majority of the current defecit and when.

    July 20, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Gerry NH

    Since the democrats don't have any accomplishment they have to find something else. Health care is probably going to break the country. Wall street reform does not include Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae. So There is nothing trere to talk about. We keep borrowing money and are not paying anything back.

    July 20, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. key

    But some of his policies are

    July 20, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  24. Nick , California

    He hasn't stumped for anybody because it would kill any chance at being elected!!!

    July 20, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    The GOP is correct- George W Bush is not on the ballot.
    The ballots around this country contian many of the same poeple that suggested, voted on and passed manuy of ther policiies he signed into law.
    Under the Bush administration- the Repuvlican controlled Senate and House passed:
    Deregulation of Wall St and banks
    Deregulatied (shortened to 30 days or automatic passage) of ovff-shore drilling.
    Got us into 2 wars
    lowered the taxes on the wealthy while allowing the middle class to evaporate and causing a deficit form a surplus
    Allowed healthcare costs to quadrupal rather than try for any sort of reform to portect the average peson or family.
    Spent over a trillion dollars on Homeland Security and failed to secure our boarders or airports.( yes, some good was done but not a trillion dollars worth)
    Gave private contracts to Haliburton ownedor run companies without bidding- a company that VP Cheney was on the board of until being named BVP and still hold stcok in.
    Bush is not on the ballot, only the people that alloowed him to put in place the tools for our failure.

    July 20, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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