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. bofdc

    Bush will be on the ballot for many years to come. His damage has been far, wide, and deep.

    July 20, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. TT, California

    If you tried hard to do something for your American citizens at the hard time and you made mistake, your American will throw everything at you to show that they are smarter, better, and your mistakes are not related to them

    If you just do not care, just talk nice thing, and enjoy the benefit of your job, then you will never make any mistake. Then there is no problem.

    Yes American got this working habit and thining and that is why our jobs are outsourcing to other countries. Soon will be the president job. This is our future.

    July 20, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. RICK FROM PA

    Your'e right, George W. is not on any ballot but the current policies of the Bush Era are still being promoted by the Republican Party – ie; extend the Tax Cuts for the Wealthy, side with Big Oil and Big Banks, etc., etc. Voting "NO" against Healthcare, Financial Reform and so on appears as if nothing has changed. All you Republicans want is the "Status Quo"!

    July 20, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. Charlie in Maine

    Bush is gone it is true. But for some completely un-fathomable his misguided wrongheaded ideas live on in the colective stupidity of the national GOP. His main ideas
    1. Cut taxes on the wealthiest
    2. Attack any country who might some day maybe think about possibly doing us harm
    3. De-regulation makes us safe.
    4. Trust the banks the oil companies and Halibuton but not the people of the USA.

    Have all been discredited Yet they live on. They think we are stupid. Show them that we are not, Vote.

    July 20, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  5. daveindenver

    That's all the Dem's have. The American people are not going to elect them on an other basis. We are tired of more government, more debt, more entitlements. Obama takes credit for anything good (including the current progress in Iraq), but blames Bush for anything bad (including his lack of response the the Gulf Oil spill recovery).

    July 20, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. David, CA

    GW is poison on the campaign trail- everyone knows it. Just as he was poison to the USA for 8 years.

    July 20, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. steve

    President Bush (PB) is the BP of politics: One can't devastate a country's resources as badly as the Bush administration did without decades of damage aftermath to contend with. People who claim "that was two years ago" are preaching ignorance and impeding the reality of what will need to be sacrificed for years to come to clean up the mess that PB left.

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

    The devil is a lie and so are the GOP! America will be dealing with gw crap for many years. So yes he is on all the ballots now and years in the future. However, while gw and the gopers tried to kill us (American citizens), we will SURVIVE BABY, we will SURVIVE!!!

    July 20, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  9. EndTheFed

    Bush himself may not be in the White House but all of his policies still are.

    Obama is Bush in overdrive because most people are too distracted to notice the wars he's expanding and the civil liberties he's removing.

    July 20, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  10. Dale

    GWB has killed more Americans than Osama Bin Laden. The trumped-up invasion of Iraq was the worst presidential decision of my lifetime. This war is also a huge unnecessary expense for the taxpayers. (Yes, others voted for it, but only because they were lied to.)

    GOP deregulation of Wall Street is the main cause of the economic crash. We wouldn't need financial reform if the GOP hadn't cut them loose in the first place.

    I don't support Obama unconditionally. He was flat out wrong about the safety of offshore drilling. But blame for the recession is directly traceable to GOP policies.

    July 20, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. Smart Human

    Bush's shadow is as dark as BP's spilled oil.

    July 20, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  12. cspurgeon

    I havent seen the
    Republicans offer anything other than Bush policies. Lower taxes for the rich and get rid of SS and Medicare. We cannot leave the country to that kind of thinking even if I don't approve of all the democratic ideas either. The President is trying and the Republicans are not.

    July 20, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. TonyInlargo

    That's right, the GOP that backed him on every stupid move he made and, they were continuous, incessant, and linked from day-one to his last day in the White House.

    If the GOP is saying this, I'm happy, because it's telling me that their own internal political polls are telling them that they're not going anywhere soon.

    That's heartening. America can see right through their lies, fear mongering, lack of solutions, pandering to racists and obstruction.

    Until and unless the GOP comes-up with solutions, ceases its negative posture, condemns and disassociates itself from the racists elements in its midst, and starts caring for average Americans on an even keel with the Big Corporations.....until then, they won't get my vote..

    July 20, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Pragmatic

    Unfortunately, history does not begin on January 22, 2009 – no matter how the GOP tries to spin it. The wars were started during the Bush administration – the financial meltdown and recession started on Bush's watch.

    Obama did not start with a "clean slate" – he started with a mess (several) to clean up before moving forward ...with the GOP screaming "death panels" and promising repeal every hour of every day.

    Remember that the republican administration, with a President (& veto pen) and sizable majorities in Both House & Senate, did not even attempt to reform health care, immigration, the deficit (the wars were not even included in the budget) SS or anything else: The GOP was a "do nothing" then and will be a "do nothing" in the future!

    The corporate "fat cats" are not about to change their spots: look at them supporting BP and voting against average Americans! Again!

    July 20, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. ddt

    This election is about republica racists as simple as that

    July 20, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  16. anthony

    Some of his policies and consequences of his policies are still with us. The Bush tax cuts still have not be repealed. They are set to expire in 2011. Obama wants to preserve the tax cuts for household making less than $250,000 a year, but that might be impossible given the deficits. The Medicare Part D is still with us. The two wars Bush started are still with us. These items, not the new spending proposed by Obama, will be responsible for the most of the deficits the government will run in the foreseeable future. Even if Bush tax cuts are repealed we will still need to pay the interest on the debt they generated. Repealing the Obama health care plan will not help because the revenue Democrats came up with to pay for the plan- cutting Medicare spending and increasing taxes on families making more than $250,000 a year- will disappear with the repeal. Unless Obama can make these items disappear, or come up with new sources of revenue to pay for them, they will continue to blow a big hole in the budget. So Republicans can forget about wanting Democrats to stop blaming Bush. Democrats will stop blaming Bush when the problems he had created are no longer with us.

    July 20, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. JR

    Oh, so does that mean that the GOP thrust won't be that it's all Clinton's fault this year and instead it's Obama's? I guess that means the years 2000 to 2008 won't be mentioned by you fools.

    July 20, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  18. Dano

    No GWB is not on the ballot but his partners in crime that got us into the mess we're in now are, so don't be fooled by their lies. Ask any one of them and they'll say they want to take the country back – back to the same policies that failed so miserably during the Bush/Cheney years. They want to continue the deregulation of Wall Street and the banking and oil industries because they were so good for the economy. They want to make the tax cuts for the wealthy, set to expire after this year, permanent. We all can see how much that helped the country, triggering massive deficits after years of surpluses. No thank you GOP, we've had quite enough of your failed policies to last a lifetime!

    July 20, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  19. Kipsie Lange

    Pres Bush was not on the ballot in 2008 either, but Obama and the looney left keep running against him.

    July 20, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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