January 8th, 2008
11:13 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: Bush has clear effect

(CNN) - President Bush is hundreds of miles away from New Hampshire, but he had a powerful effect on the state's Republican presidential primary, according to CNN exit polls.

Roughly half of Republican primary voters had a negative opinion of the Bush administration, and those voters significantly went for Arizona Sen. John McCain by nearly a 2-to-1 margin. Of the GOP voters who said they had a positive opinion of the Bush administration, 37 percent voted for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

So while Romney tried heavily to be the candidate of change in the closing days of the New Hampshire campaign, voters overwhelmingly believed that McCain better represents the change candidate.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

Filed under: New Hampshire
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  1. What?

    ***Bill W – PA January 9, 2008 8:12 am ET

    – No terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 09/11/2001;

    But 9/11 still happened on George W Bush's watch. He is still responsible. Never mind there were no attacks on American soil AT ALL prior to George Bush?***


    What happened to the World Trade Center in 1993 during Clinton's watch?

    January 9, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Can't wait to see that big life size float of a paper mache McCain hugging a paper mache Bush, ala The Lieberman Kiss, following McCain wherever he goes!

    We'll see how different he is from Bush....

    Woo hoo, bomb Iran!

    January 9, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    Al from NY:

    Your counterpoints are amusing.

    Too bad you can't debate the issues on a mature level without being disrespectful to our chief executive. Your virtually give Bush no credit for his accomplishments.

    While I wouldn't trust Bill Clinton alone with my teenaged daughter, I certainly give him credit when it is due (i.e., the 1990s were relatively good economic times for the USA; Clinton's rise to the the most powerful position on earth despite his modest, poverty stricken Arkansas background are certainly inspirational to say the least).

    Regarding your claim that President Bush should receive FULL BLAME for 09/11/2001: Are you aware that Al queda killed many Americans during President Clinton's 2 terms in office?

    – 1993 World Trade Center Attack;

    – August 1998 2 American embassies in Africa bombed, killing hundreds;

    – October 2000 USS Cole bombed, killing 17 sailors.

    The 09/11/2001 attacks were not thrown together in a few months; on the contrary, those murderous attacks took years to plan.

    Perhaps Clinton and his administration were too busy with the neverending BIMBO ERUPTIONS ?

    January 9, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. russ

    No terrorist attacks besides 9/11? What do you call all the bombings and shootings at abortion clinics and gay bars by fundamentalist Christian lunatics, that have been happening for years under various presidents, and are committed by lunatics that are in Bush's core demographic?

    January 9, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  5. dm


    Maybe you're ashamed that Bush is in office, but I'm not. People take for granted the security of our country. Americans have short-term memory syndrome. Seems like just yesterday everyone was ready to attack any terrorists involved in 9/11. Media plays a big part in the world of politics, and therefore helped shape this country to what it is now. We sometimes only hear what they want us to hear, which is no surprise. But what is, that people believe all of it. I'm from a extremely taxed state, which is run by democrats. They have recently raised our taxes over 30% again. When I'm voting for this president I'm going with the person who sides with me on certain issues. Security of our country, not raising taxes, cutting fat from certain social programs not need, and most all a person who has actually done things for this country (experience).

    January 9, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. libby

    This over the hill Schneider, has to be the biggest BS artist on T.V!
    Of course he had to bring his hatred of President Bush, he could not
    wipe the President shoes.
    We could give a rat's behind, what Schneider says. Pack in in!

    January 9, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    One more thing for "Al from NY":

    Your reference to Saddam Hussein as "A brutal man but had only a minor role to do with terror around the world" is COMPLETELY inaccurate.

    Hussein was giving financial aid to Islamic suicide bombers;

    The United Nations passed not one, not two, not three, but 17 U.N Resolutions over 12 years; Hussein broke every one (i.e., shooting at U.S. and British planes patrolling the "No Fly Zones", which were implemented as part of the treaty that ended the Gulf War of 1991 (to reduce Hussein's killing of his own citizens, the Shiite and Khurds).

    – If Hussein had no weapons, why did he throw the U.N. weapons inspectors out of Iraq?
    – Why did many nations worldwide conclude that Hussein had weapons?

    – Why do liberals claim to be the party that advocates 'human rights' but conveniently forget about the hundreds of thousands of corpses found in mass graves in Iraq?

    – Why do liberals now conveniently fail to mention Iraq now that the surge is having positive effects in Iraq?

    Thank you for reading my views.

    January 9, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. Santosh-Phila

    Well these voters are ill-informed then....Sen. McCain is President Bush's pick privately even though he didn't endorse anyone publicly. McCain may have had disagreements with Bush in the past but they were always on principle and Bush respects that. But McCain is the one who stayed loyal to President Bush when he wasn't so popular, especially when he first announced plans for the surge. A friend in need is a friend indeed. McCain went out of his way to campaign for thePresident in 2004 harder than anyone. Besides, didn't you all see teh question President Bush asked the GOP candidates in last Saturday's debates: he asked what are your fundamental principles and underpinnings that will define you as a leader; what do you stand for or believe in. He said he's be reluctant to support poll-tested politicians, just like he himself has been a huge contrarian topublic opinion polls. So which candidate best matches that profile-obviously Sen. McCain. Also, McCain is a moderate like President Bush-both support the guest-worker program for illegal immigrants, both favor continued foreign aid and debt-forgiveness for Africa which many conservatives oppose. If anything, Romney (even though he may agree with President more on tax cuts) opposed the signature domestic policy last year on immigration and unlike McCain has tried to score political points at the EXPENSE of Bush.

    So look, I happen to like Pres. Bush because I'm your independent moderate voter so McCain works for me too but if you're an anti-Bush GOP voter, depending on your reason for it, Romney(anti-immigration), Huckabee(anti-free trade) or Thompson (anti-immigration and anti-"No Child Left Behind" would be your ideal candidate. If you're a huge supporter of the Pres. which is normally upper-middle class, well-educated moderates, pro-business, pro-immigration neo-conservatives with a strong interest in foreign policy, McCain and Giuliani are your natural choices.

    January 9, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Michael, Torrance, CA

    Any candidate that tries to advertise that they have Bush's endorsement is committing political suicide. In fact, if Bush really wants to effect this election, all he has to do is announce that he is endorsing the candidate that he really doesn't to win.

    January 9, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Al, NY NY


    I will give Bush some respect when Dan Burton recants his "Scumbag" comment on the Senate floor regarding Clinton

    Also, I have no idea where you are coming up with the point that I said Bush should assume full blame. I did NOT say that but someone else did. Try to be a little more careful with your copy and paste skills. Bill W said it so go complain to him

    For Clinton, his actions were reprehensible. However, he spent an awful lot of time towards the end of his second terms dealing with the hypocritical Newt (banging his aide while trumpeting morals) and the rest of the GOP in impeachment hearings

    Here is some credit for W. Thanks for the extra $20 in my paychck. Your tax cuts will now allow me to take that world-tour vacation. thanks for nothing

    January 9, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. magella

    Mccain will stay and iraq for a long time we will be and trouble whit everything, no help care no medicare no social secury all the money go to iraq
    we need hillary clinton for stop the war give us a help care and fix social security and medicare only her have a good record for fix that republican you will have no help care at all if you retire at 62 you will have to pay your insurance that will over
    1000.00 a month you haqve to tink for later

    January 9, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. pam Eugene OR

    So the Republicans want amnesty??? YUCK

    January 9, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    It is funny how you Clinton sheep/ people with BDS all forget the bombings of 6-8 US installations abroad and the first WTC attack while "we were so loved" while Bill was in office.

    As for 9-11, I realize the information that we got from KSM while waterboarding him is against all your ideals, but the information that he GAVE UP AFTER 30 SECONDS helped us gain the information and capture of other people involved.

    I only bring that up as we will never get the FULL 9-11 STORY as Sandy Berger STOLE documents from the National archives RIGHT BEFORE the 9-11 commission was to meet and the infamous Clinton papers are sealed away.

    Now your beloved Bill signed of on him going in there as only a President can, wonder why Berger would risk everything to STEAL VERY SPECIFIC DOCUMENTS?

    If you want to even discuss the economy, again you MUST REMEMBER that the last year of Clinton and into Bush's first term there was a recession and it was saved by Bush enacting tax cuts for people that actually pay taxes.

    Clinton stepped in DOTCOM poop and when it went bust there was NOTHING to fall back on.

    He balanced budgets by GUTTING he military, how did that help while we were getting atacked over and over again?

    His signing of on NAFTA is still killing regular, middle class folks like ALL OF US, but lets not let facts get in the way of a good Bush sucks rant.

    I AM ONE of those people that is so DISGUSTED with Bush for not being the person that we thought we were electing, illegal imigration and his initial handling of the war being the two of many beefs.

    Take a good sip of that "New Coke" and wax poetic on how great things were in the 90's as I lived them and they were not as sweet as you think.


    January 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Poopsie from N O

    Tom from Dedham Mass,
    Talk about buying a "Pig in a Polk!" Bush wouldn't talk about his past anything before 40, off-limits, drugs or booze, off limits. Everything he had touched in his life he had failed at, or his Daddy would bail him out!
    He was a weak Governor in Texas, only the 3rd most powerful politician in the state.
    Lost a whole year of service in the National Guard,that his Daddy had conveniently arranged for him to join. To this day he refuses to talk about it and such much more.
    A compliant media, rolled over and played into the persona,that he was the type of guy you'd want to have a beer with (even though he's a alcoholic), he's a born -again Christian, for what ever that means, and on and on!
    How much background research did you personally do into looking into Bushs past, I don't mean listening to Fox News, or what the other Talking heads had to say! I mean real, actual research into his past? If you had, your hair would of been on fire, and your ears ringing!
    You and the rest who voted for Bush not once but maybe twice are just as much to blame for the sorry state this Country is in, as Bush is himself!

    January 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. Paul C, Palmetto Bay, FL

    Bush has a clear effect on everything. He can suck the oxygen out of a room simply by walking in.. He is the most negative President the country has ever had and, hopefully, every will have.
    I am watching his attempted run up to a war with Iran and I know that he and his cronies are straining their brains trying to figure how they can pull it off.
    Please stand by.....

    January 9, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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