May 27th, 2008
10:20 AM ET
12 years ago

Bush: An asset or a liability for McCain?

Will Bush help or hurt McCain?

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.

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Filed under: John McCain • President Bush
soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. taylor richmond virginia


    May 27, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. tigerakabj

    What is this a trick question?

    Come on now CNN. Mr. President should prepare for his upcoming Nuremberg Trials Round 2, not attending fundraisers.

    May 27, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. No Way

    Liability. That is too bad because I think he is much more than a bush clone!

    May 27, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Think

    They both hurt each other for not moving past Vietnman and Iraq. We live in a new generation, they can't expect to apply their standards to ours today and think the world should be the way it was back in their day. It's no wonder McCain can't distinguish a Suni or Shiite, it's no wonder he is trying to instill fear in Americans that Obama is Muslim and it's no wonder he still fights the Vietnam war as if it happened yesterday. Can someone please give him a few good, well written books on how the Vietnam war as a failure and perhaps good reads on the dangers of dictatorship rule? If we nominate McCain, America will be going backwards while the European Union, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, etc... are moving forward. THINK.

    May 27, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Tim in NC


    to McSame and this Country

    May 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Ross

    Bush is not a bad president. I'm sincerely surprised that everyone forgot why it was that he was originally elected. Just goes to show that Americans, for the most part, lose interest real quick if their demands are not fulfilled quickly and cheaply.

    Also, god is a lie.

    May 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Environment

    Total he would be for anyone....I DOUBT anyone would disagree. He's a moron and always will be.

    May 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. obama - supporter - arkansas



    May 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. sophia nyc

    Please Bush campaign for McCain. Don't let the people forget he's running for your 3rd term!

    May 27, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. paul

    They should have a protest in front of supreme court, on one is above the law, Clinton scandel should not be allowed to escape US justice

    May 27, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. Ann

    Couple of my friends are Clinton supporters, they have to support her , to push her stay in the race, because they put the bet on her, if Clinton lose, they will lost their bet, their money

    May 27, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. Herman in LA

    Oh boy this was and easy one...

    Impeachment – liability

    Go back to Texas...

    May 27, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. After further review,Texas

    Wow 28%.I didnt know that many people were either rich or totally stupid.

    May 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. squeezer

    Like him or not President Bush represents the Republican hold on the Executive branch of government. Who wouldn't want a President in his corner during an election?

    May 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Philip

    Bush = McSame.

    Birds of a feather.....

    McSame does not feel Bush is a liability. Never has, never will.

    Need we say more.

    May 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. McCain All The Way!

    Bush is great! Anybody with a spine would see that! So it can only help McCain! McCain will take 50 states in November – no problem.

    May 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. proud army and navy mom

    no, bush is a war criminal, who should stand trial for his crimes. he has the blood of our troops on his hands, along with the blood of an untold number of innocent iraqs who was caught in the crossfire.

    the 28% who like him are insane or multimillionaires

    May 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. AZM

    I am one of those people who aren't impressed with the job President Bush has done. However I'd say he can hurt McCain because of it... However it should be said the reason is the uniformed American public... if you did any research you would see their policies aren't the same. McCain is very moderate in comparison... which leads a lot of Rebuplicans to have a negative opinion of McCain.

    The bottom line is the Republican Party is very unpoplular right now... and that will have a large effect on this election. It should be the Democrats to win... but they are doing their best to mess it up!

    May 27, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. McCain All The Way!

    Go McCain Go! JM in 2008!

    May 27, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. Realist in Maryland

    Definitely (and unfortunately) a LIABILITY, although they are very different overall.

    May 27, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. E. Sobel

    Though having the support of President Bush might help McCain among Republicans and conservatives, it is the independents who truly make the difference in the elections becuase they represent a large enough force to swing any election and with Bush's approval rating, it is highly unlikely that Bush nominating McCain will bring more independents towards McCain.

    May 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. jason

    he's a liability for us all.

    May 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Al

    A "liability" but, anything tied to the Republicans is a liability!

    May 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Rob R

    Bush may help McCain with those die hard Republicans who don't see a problem with $4 gas, lack of health insurance for close to 50 million Americans, a ridiculous war that we shouldn't have gotten into, a defecit that the Bush tax cuts will continue to contribute to, and an all out lack of respect from other nations.

    For the rest of us, who want to finally see real change in this country, Bush helping McCain DOES HELP US TO – It reminds us that voting for McCain is like voting for Bush Part 3 and WE CANNOT AFFORD THAT!

    For the sake of our future and our children's future – vote Obama in November and give the Republicans what they deserve for the mess they've created the past 8 years – a one way ticket to the unemployment line.

    May 27, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. MelissaMinneapolis


    What are you talking about? Even my GOP family and friends admit he's been a terrible president.

    May 27, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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