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. ib

    He has to be according to the liberals how else are they going to cover for Obama's failures?????????

    July 20, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. rjolay

    The Bush/Cheney debacle of a Presidency still haunts all American workers with low wages and limited opportunities for advancement.
    Thanks to these elitists, Americans are embarassed in conversation every day... especially when talking with our European friends, who all seem to wonder how Americans can be so broke.

    July 20, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. Chas

    Message to the Republicans: George Bush WILL be on the ballot until our economy makes a FULL recovery and until ALL our troops are home from HIS wars.

    July 20, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. Reggie

    Remarkably odd that the Republicans have selective memories. Have they sincerely forgotten all the unfunded mandates that President Bush and their congress passed. That's just say; 1) Tax cuts; 2) No Child Left Behind; 3) Both Wars; and 4) Part D – Prescription Drugs. Now they have a conscience for budgetary balance. LOL Have they introduced a jobs plan or a recovery plan? Please tell me what they have truly accomplished in this past 18 months.

    July 20, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. Kelby in Houston, Texas

    "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

    This is true. But the GObP is on the ballot. The GObP agenda is on the ballot. We have a choice of continuing recovery (a recovery you have tried to stifle at every turn) and the GObP sorry butts.
    As long as the American electorate does not slumber in apathy, THERE IS NO WAY the GObP can win!

    July 20, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. Future expat

    Hey I'd criticize their platform if they actually had one. But since all they've done in the past years is say no, I assume they haven't come up with anything new and are still using the ol W playbook.

    July 20, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  7. John from Canada

    As an outside observer I have to agree with the Democrats on this one since it usually takes a year or two for any policies to take effect. So anything that Bush started at least 1 yr before he left office belongs to his administration.

    July 20, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  8. Joy

    Bush doesn't have to be in the White House for us all to continue feeling the havoc that he and his Republican cronnies created. There is no way the GOP can sweep all of it under the rug no matter how much they want to. WE AMERICANS DO NOT FORGET!

    July 20, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. Pedro

    Perhaps not, but we are still enjoying the spoiled fruits of his labor in the form of this "Great Recession" and thanks to Obama and Nancy it is only a recession and not a depression. If old grampa Fester and caribou had been elected into office that's exactly where we'd be right now.

    July 20, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  10. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    No, but the damage done by King George II and his band of merry men during the error of his reign, certainly will be.

    And the party of republicans has done NOTHING but to help repair or even admit to the damage.

    Come NOvember, the American electorate will just say HELL NO to returning these cons to any semblance of power.

    NO is NOT an action verb!

    July 20, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. The Clear Thinking Independent Voter

    Our economic problems have been brewing for over 30 years, starting with Ronald Reagan. The GOP wanted so badly to laud a "hero" that they refuse to acknowledge the damage that Reagan started, Daddy Bush continued, and baby Bush pushed over the edge.

    I'll give Reagan credit for one thing though ... he was the 1st (I think) to call so-called supply side economics by the better known moniker ... Voodoo Economics. Funny how the GOP has abandoned words like 'Trickle Down" economics.

    President Obama is right when he lays out the farce of Republican fiscal responsibility as the ROOT CAUSE of what we are experiencing today.

    Unfortunately, the medicine will need to be about 10 years of austerity in the National budget and the household budgets of MIDDLE AMERICA. Only then will the economy's capacity for PRINCIPLED expansion be restored.

    I just hope the Democrats don't have to do all the heavy lifting so a dishonorable Republican comes in and takes all the credit in the short term.

    July 20, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. Hannah

    We must never forget what they did to this country in those 8 tumultus. It was like living a nightmare everyday and now we have the fallout form the bush years and we pay again while the rich are on vacation and the banks and corporations are sitting on bundles of cash. Never vote Republican! They are against the middle class.

    July 20, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. Frank

    but his failed policies are

    July 20, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. Dawn Ada, Ohio

    All I can say to the fact that George is not running is: THANK GOD!! But just because George isn't running doesn't mean that the Republicans aren't going to continue his failing policies. That is all they know, we know that for sure, because they have offered us NOTHING for the past 18 months!!! They want to continue those lower taxes for the rich, because they are going to benefit everyone because the rich will hire new people at their business................oh but wait they have had these tax cuts for the last 5 years and we still ended up in this mess.........so hows that theory working out for you Republicans. It sure as h#ll isn't working for us working class folks, because it didn't do any of what you said it would. The rich keep filling up their savings accounts and we keep paying their way. It is time to stop welfare for the rich and for the corporations and THANK YOU DEMS FOR DEFENDING US "LITTLE FOLKS" AND EXTENDING THE UNEMPLOYMENT WHICH IS HOLDING THIS COUNTRY TOGETHER (FOR NOW).

    July 20, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  15. Dennis

    Of course Republicans would love to forget that "w" was ever president. Well just today it was announced that officially the "wars" have cost the USA over ONE TRILLION DOLLARS. Quite a response to the cost of a $3.96 box cutter used to hi-jack our planes and use our fuel to crash into our buildings and kill 3,000 of our people. So our measured response was to spend ONE TRILLION DOLLARS and kill over 5,000 of our troop to get even. Seems a little lop-sided to me. No wonder we're broke, just like happened to the old Soviet Union. And guess what, the Republicans are pushing to CUT our Social Security benefits that YOU PAID for to continue to spend money on the war machine. Wake up people or you will get what you deserve. Talk about your redistribution of wealth, it has been redistributed ever since "tickle down" was introduced and is still happening, out of your pocket and into the millionares' pocket.

    July 20, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. Jim Bourque

    As someone said – WWII ended 65 years ago, but we still know whose fault it was.

    July 20, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Roscoe

    Maybe George W can join the Tea Party.

    July 20, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  18. thor

    Nancy Pelosi has been going around months trashing Americans for protesting the goverment's takeover of all the private industry in our nation.Banks,student loans,autos,healthcare system and housing to name a few.Obama also would like to nationalize the oil companies if he can.All to create this "socialist utopia" that he thinks will make us better,But this has failed wherever it's tried and it won't work here.!!!

    July 20, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  19. davo/kissimmee

    When I think of GWB , I think of his middle finger and his snickers in a You Tube. I'll never forget how stupid he looked.

    July 20, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  20. Rick in AZ

    Democrats are running against Bush's policies which the Rebublicans still embrace,

    July 20, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  21. Hawk 1

    They can say all they want to the contrary but bush is still in the picture. we will be years coming out from under his in office. how can any republican hold their head up when they know that bush was never elected to office. they keep on acting like he was duly elected when it was proven without a doubt that al gore won.they say that they are the ones to fix this country. they got that right look at how they fixed every thing. we may be 25 or 30 years trying to straighten out the mess bush and the republicans made. not to forget all the lives of our young people in the bush and republicans wars. oh how they lie.

    July 20, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  22. Truth Matterz

    Oh right, Bush isn't interested. The RepubliCONS wouldn't even allow him to attend their 2008 convention and would not even consider allowing him to have a speaking role. They just wanted to pretend he didn't exist. Evidently they still feel that way.

    July 20, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. faux news lamebrain

    Let me put my own spin....the GOP does NOT want Bush anywhere around.

    The party of NO screwed us up royally but yet they think Obama can fix things in 2 years.....and never support anything that the Admin comes up with.

    Just like extending unemployment...40 GOP senators feel that unemployed people should starve.......yes...the same lame GOP that gave huge tax breaks to the big corporations...

    The biggest group of hypocrites ever in politics. I can only pray that true Americans are "smart" enough to see thru the smokescreen. My US congresswoman voted with Bush 98% of the time on spending. The same idiot has voted 100% against anything to do with jobs or education just because her platform is "stop Obama"!!!

    July 20, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  24. Ruth

    George Bush is the reason we are in this mess. I voted for him twice-shoot me-- please. I learned a valuable lesson from all this-NEVER VOTE REPUBLICAN AGAIN.

    July 20, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  25. anthony

    NO but we're definitely feeling the results of his policies...

    His cowboy attitude and "blank check" approach to wars is what many people are suffering through NOW.

    Sure.. try and blame Obama for not fixing things at the speed you'd like, but any person with half a brain knows the conservative policies of tax cuts for the rich, deregulations, sending jobs over seas, and bomb first-pay later is what bankrupted this country and cost many their jobs.

    July 20, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
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