May 27th, 2008
10:20 AM ET
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Bush: An asset or a liability for McCain?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Will Bush help or hurt McCain?"](CNN) - Is President Bush an asset or liability to John McCain's presidential bid?

That's the question being asked Tuesday as the president prepares to make his first campaign appearance with the presumptive Republican nominee later Tuesday at a private fundraiser in Phoenix.

A look at CNN's most recent poll numbers on Bush's approval ratings shows the president's appearance could be a mixed blessing for the Arizona senator.

Among the American public as a whole, Bush's approval rating has never been lower, and his disapproval rating is the highest of any president in modern history. In a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted last month, only 28 percent of Americans said they approved of the president's job performance, while 71 percent said they disapproved.

But the president still remains relatively popular among Republican voters (and, presumably, the party's biggest fundraisers), the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll also showed - nearly two-thirds gave him a positive rating.

Related: McCain does tricky dance with unpopular Bush

Filed under: John McCain • President Bush
soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. Mark in Fresno

    His approval among Republicans is a testament to the ignorance of many American voters. Blind party voting should be dead. Its virtually impossible to approve of Bush.

    May 27, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. AJP Richardson, TX

    Who cares,

    They are both jerks.

    May 27, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Joe

    End the rule of the Bush Crime Family once and for all. Its amazing how the Republicans can convice the little people that they care about them, and then stick it to them.

    Don't fall for it again!!!! Unless of course you are happy with gas prices, the job market, the housing market, health care, etc.

    May 27, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. jonny

    McCain is his own worse liability.

    May 27, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Joe

    Since John McCain has essentially adopted every failed policy position of the Bush Administration as a means of gaining the GOP nomination, I see that as a negative. John McCain can have fun explaining to the American people how electing him would not just be a continuation of the worst American presidency in the modern era. Good luck on that one. People liked you better when you weren't saying anything just to get elected.

    May 27, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Niccole

    Go ahead Bush keep on campaigning for McCain. For all the HRC supporters who keep saying you will vote for McCain if Clinton is not the nominee, take a long hard at the last eight years because that is exactly what you will be voting for.

    Democrats MUST Re-Take the White House.

    May 27, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Tony


    May 27, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Ubong

    he is how mccain sees him

    May 27, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Pistoff

    Bush is a liability for the world.

    May 27, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Griff

    Frenchy??? Huffington???? Properganda??? The Spider's Webb, is Fatal to the Fly... But still a ittle out of it... to me.. I'm Human.....

    May 27, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Felly

    Big time liability. Look his policies on the war and the economy.

    May 27, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. 1911

    I used to think that the democrats were the more intellectually advanced party but reading these comments and seeing the Democratic sentiment over the '08 election I have to say I am no longer sure. It seems Democrats while being for the people and change-oriented in aim are hateful vengeful and closed minded in practice.

    Calling McCain "McSame" or his campaign Bush's 3rd term is completely misguided. We can all agree the last 8 years were a nightmare but McCain would not be a continuation of those years. While he is certainly pro military he's very centerist otherwise and even leftist in approach on the environment. Looking at the facts and records McCain actually comes out as the lowest risk for the economy, international relations end the environment. Of course Bush is a liability for McCain but if we recognize that they are VERY different republicans we'll be better off.

    Let's be smart and use our heads and not our hearts in decision making.##########################################

    You are truly lost my fellow American. Sounds as if you aren't thinking at all.

    May 27, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Beckie Sue in Montana

    Well, that's a tough question. I'm not sure about that, but there's ONE thing for certain...

    WE LOVE OBAMA!!!!!!!


    OBAMA '08 & '12

    May 27, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. kim portland, oregon

    why is there even a question mark after that statement?

    you must also be wondering if planet earth is round? or if fish live in water? or if we need air to breathe? does the sun rise and set every day? will The Bachelorette find true love? okay, so that last one is debabtable, but the answer to your question is pretty dang obvious!!! it's not just b/c he couldnt sell enough tickets to fill Phoenix-area venues that mccain is now having to visit private homes IN HIS HOME STATE, he also cant be pictured with his BFF Bushy!!!

    May 27, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Ben

    The question should be put to McCain..Is he going to be a better President than Bush?

    May 27, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Marilyn

    This is a stupid question. George Bush is poison to John McCain's campaign!

    May 27, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. McDrain

    The ability to lie!!

    May 27, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. Denial



    DEMOCRATS 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. New Sensation

    Like Bill was a liability to Hill-liar-y, Dubya is a liability to Johnny. Don't see how the "conservative" vote matters at all when only 28% of America still thinks Dubya is leading the country in the right direction. Still hard to believe that Harry S. Truman had a worse apporval rating than Dubya has now.

    May 27, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. scott

    You must be kidding? I wouldn't be caught dead with a war criminal. Then again maybe I would.

    May 27, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Bitter - New Orleans, LA

    McCain didn't put down Obama just because he didn't serve in the military...

    He set him straight that a non-veteran has no grounds to criticize his loyalty to the troops.

    Every idiot that misquotes the 100 years in Iraq quote makes himself look like a moron. McCain is NOT Bush. He's not even close. How else can you explain that half the republican base thinks he's a RINO.

    Fact: Gases prices are the Dem's fault. If we drill our own oil, we aren't at OPEC's mercy for prices and supply. Rocket science, I know...Funny how dems say that drilling will only save us penny's. They used that same lie when gas was $1.50/gal.

    Obama is still all hype and no substance. He still hasn't said HOW he's going to change things. The man can't even manage to cast a vote in the Senate for fear of making a's that for leadership?

    McCain's record isn't golden, but at least there is something to examine.

    May 27, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Spencer Yuen


    May 27, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Jack

    Of course Bush is a liability for Senator McCain. He has been a liability for the nation for the past eight years.

    May 27, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Sharon Minnesota

    Support John McCain a moderate and sensible Republican in 2008. The democrats have lost their way, are bitter and divisive and will not serve America well.

    It's a matter of history and timing before we see what the Iraqi war has meant to the US. Our modern society has a bad habit of judging everything by emotion and instant gratification. This is not the way our predecessors thought or made decisions. If it were, we would probably be under a totalitarian government ruled by neo-nazi's or communism. Previous wars defending democracy have brought us to this point in history. Let's try to be adults and use reasoning instead of emotion to gratify our every feeling.

    Historians will judge George W. Bush and his role in maintaining democracy around the world in their own time.

    John McCain is a man of the hour who has the right plan for Iraq and the mideast. Moderation and sensibility are his most important attributes, unlike the fanatical and emotional opponents he is facing in the democratic party. Think before you speak or posts comments that are purely emotionally driven.

    Be sane and vote McCain.

    May 27, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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