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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soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. 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 because 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 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Tommy

    Absolute liability. The domocrats are running as much against George W. Bush in this election. No way McBush beats the democratic nominee – Obama – in November. People just don't want more of the same disaster we have had for the last 8 years with GWB! The republican party will go down in flames in November. Good riddance to the arrogant fearmongering which is their only battlecry...still.

    May 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Pat M

    He is a Liability to the Liability that is a Liability to himself.
    John McCain and George Bush were both cut from the same cloth.
    They are both Liabilities on their own merits. They need no help.

    May 27, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. mike

    The Latter

    May 27, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    a no brainer... Bush is a liability to the human race.


    May 27, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Venus

    Bush is going to help McSame lose this general election!

    Go Bam!

    May 27, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. dan in FL and Possible former democrat voter

    JOHN MCCAIN I WILL VOTE FOR YOU. I Was democrat but they did not count my Florida vote.

    May 27, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Robert

    He's a liability but McCain will get a lot of support from Hillary supports and it will cancel out the Bush problem. Lots of us would rather have a divided government rather than an Obama presidency. Obama nomination means a McCain presidency, pure and simple.

    May 27, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. Dave in Houston


    Millstone around his neck.

    You can already see McCain trying to throw Bush under the bus, but his nose-up-Bush's-butt voting record is going to make a liar out of the straight talker.

    May 27, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. Richard


    May 27, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. Ron L

    The ONLY way President Bush can be consider anything BUT a liability is if you forget what America and the world was like before he came into office. Sept. 11th showed that he was a man in a job that require much more personal depth and knowledge than he possessed. He had THE WORLD on our side and he flushed it down the proverbial toilet.

    His supporters seem to forget he won (and I use the term loosely) by a very small number of votes in Florida in 2000. And the ONLY reasons he won in 2004 was by CONSTANTLY pushig the FEAR button and Kerry being both a weak Democratic candidate with a poorly ran campaign.

    You want to see why there is an old saying SMALL MINDS should not be given GREAT POWER. Look at the Bush Presidency objectively. It is a series of mistakes both here in America nad throughout the world. Yes they have done a FEW good things, but it has only been a few.

    May 27, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. kelly WI

    Well, duh, what would you think dems would say. jeez.
    You forgot to mention that the dem congress has a less approval rating than Bush.
    What else would you expect from a left stream media that has been pushing for Obama since day one.
    Now don't post me or stick me in moderation because I don't go with the sheep.

    May 27, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. james

    A liability to McCain ??????? HELL – he`s a liability to this nation. Good riddance. History will be his judge alright, just like LBJ, dispised.

    May 27, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Joel King

    Doesn't really matter McCain will win no matter what.

    May 27, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Enlightened Voter

    Liability. I honestly don't understand how any enlightened person could ever in clear conscience vote (anti – humanitarian) republican.

    May 27, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Generation X

    LOL!!!!! Florida loves this guy....they love George W Bush so much that they are going to vote for McCain just to spite Obama. I thought that they were supposed to be mad at GWB? Not all FL residents will do this, thank god!

    FL Voters- Contact or email Rep. Ellyn Boganoff (R) and Rep. David Rivera (R), Democrats....Go figure Republicans are the reason why your VOTES won't count!

    May 27, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Joel King

    Wow! Bush is ALMOST as unpopular as Congress!

    May 27, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. independant

    He`s the best fund raiser the Democrats have. Go get`em Bushie Baby.

    May 27, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Enlightened Voter

    Hey Ross, when you say Bush was not a bad president, do you mean of this country? On this planet?

    May 27, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. Law

    I will want to use this forum to appeal to Obama’s supporters not to bash Hilary and her supporters on this blog.It’s important ‘cause Obama will really need their votes in the fall.We are Hilary supporters (my family members and me).We voted for her at the Cali primary.I will be voting for Obama in the fall since he is now the inevitable Dem’s nominee.Forget the Dems that prefer to go McCain instead of their nominee.Hilary and Obama are almost similar on issues which pales with McCain . So,why vote McCain ? Such folks have a colour problem (unfortunately,my mother falls into this category).In His second coming,if Jesus doesn’t come in such people’s colour,they will never accept him.They will prefer HELL FIRE to accepting Him.The world is watching us.As for FL and MI,i am still trying to comprehend why DNC and Obama are the cynosure of censure.I desperatley need somebody to help me understand why they are to blame.

    My father,brothers and sisters have agreed to vote for Obama in Nov.But my dearest Mum is NOT comfortable with his colour.

    Uneducated 38 y/o white guy from Calif.

    May 27, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. Rob B.

    Given the mess that Clinton left for Bush and then shortly after that add 9/11, the war on terror, the real threat from N. Korea, the realization of China as a global economic super-power, the Iranian nuclear threat, Russia showing her true colors, etc... I for one say that President Bush has done a great job defending the Red, White & Blue! It makes me laugh that he's viewed as a bad President that is responsible for everything from the record high oil prices to global warming.

    May 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. Mat

    Ross – are you serious? "Bush is not a bad president." and "Fool me once, shame on – Shame on you, Fool me – you can't get fooled again" – Look he'll go down as one of worst, most decisive, idiotic Presidents who at times looked more like a puppet and allowed one of the nations most secretive and hypocritical administrations control this nation with lies and fears – we’ve started two wars, finished neither – didn’t catch Osama Bin Laden or quell Terrorist activity in the middle east, actually he has given them all the marketing material they needed to strengthen their troops. We have illegal prisons on foreign soil, we don’t follow the Geneva convention, we ignored NATO and the UN basically went from the most popular countries in the world with a very strong economy to one of the most hated countries sliding into a recession and over 4,000 American troops dead – how has he been a good president?

    May 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. RANDY


    May 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. Alan, Bonita Springs, FL

    He's a definite liability so I'm happy to see him campaigning for McCain. The "republican hold" on our government must end before the country crashes to its knees.

    It's time to stop the "borrow and spend" republicans.

    May 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  25. Linda

    That's the funniest thing I ever heard - since when has Bush been anything but a liability?

    May 27, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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