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. John Karsten, Virginia Beach, VA

    Voting for Mcbush will give Bush his 3rd term, is that what we, average americans want? I thought so!

    Obama 2008 and never the queen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Less, Austin Tx

    Bush and McCain are pathetically side-by-side, hand-in-hand.

    Bush carries a "I really don't give a hoot about what I've done to this country" look on his arrogant face.

    And McCain likes to go on T.V. and crack jokes, failing to consider how many important issues our country and families are having to face day in and day out because of Bush-his right hand.

    Bush danced on the steps in front of the White House with a smirky smile, while the "joker" arrived to greet him.

    Go figure.

    May 27, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Dave

    Well, it depends how it looks to have a War Criminal campaigning for you! That is what G.W. should be considered once his worthless run as "President" is over!

    I would think it can do nothing but hurt John McBush during the General Election.... it will do nothing but bring back all the BAD memories from the last 8 years!

    May 27, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. 2pacolypse

    Bush is to John McCain what Babe Ruth has been to the Red Sox, A curse. It took 90+ years for the Red Sox to break that curse and John McCain doesn't have that kind of time. His denial of supporting the new G.I. bill will cost him, many, many Veterans who he was supposed to have in his hip pocket. He's lobbying for a ridiculous Gas Tax that would save absolutely nothing but can't lobby for a G.I. Bill to improve the welfare and education of troops. I find that absolutely disgusting. His version of the Bill wants troops to basically stay in service for 12+ years. Hell-O, if you continue the War in IRAQ until 2013 or for the next 100 years, they may not be around to use the G.I. Bill dumb-dumb. Bush is so radioactive that none of the Republicans even want to mention his name or be seen with him.

    May 27, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. kelly WI

    Clinton is out trying to clean up his Legacy. Dems for 16 years thought he was the best thing that came down the pike. Now they are drooling over an empty suit.
    We will let the historians write the books on who was what.
    The Oct. surprise will come in Aug. this time.

    May 27, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. FloridaVoter

    Bush is counter-productive.

    May 27, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. objective perspective

    i think it would be fair to say that President Bush is a liability in phases of his presidency, included this last phase. Like one of his previous oil companies, he has run the U.S. into the ground.

    May 27, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Maurice, OH

    He's a LIE-ability.

    May 27, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. sb

    Bush is can be McCain's Vice President. Because it will be just like having Bush again if you vote for Mccain.

    May 27, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Realistic

    Possibly the worst president in history, with only the possible exception of Buchanon?

    My grandmother remembers Hoover well, and says that he wasn't anywhere nearly as incompetent as Bush.

    McCain must reject and denounce Bush to have even the slightest chance of winning the election. Unfortunately, McCain still needs Bush for fundraising among the remaining anti-abortion wackos who don't know any better.

    May 27, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Phillip Bunn

    Bush is always a liability, to all human beings. He is not only a national disgrace, but a war criminal as well, not to mention a pontificating, mis-informed "Americun Christian" who is as dangerous as any fanatic that has come before him.

    May 27, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. R.I.F.

    Obviously a liability but there are 25% of Americans who still like Bush and I think they all live here in Texas and I think its just because he's a tough talking Texan. Too bad for McCain there are 49 other states out there.

    May 27, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Chris, Middletown, CT

    As a Republican....a liability – I am voting for Obama....the only way I would support McCain is if HRC is anywhere near the Democratic ticket

    May 27, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Will in Richmond, VA

    HAH!!! McCain is straddling so many fences, he is in a permanent split.

    He wants endorsements, her rejects endorsements, he is in favor of something, he opposes something, he hates, he loves, he is all things to all people so he must be the right man for the jerb!!!

    Go ahead McCain, distance yourself from Bush some more so we can call you a flip-flopper just like Kerry.

    May 27, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. kelly WI

    And next year when gas is 10$ a gal. who are you going to blame for that? Dare I ask? Well, Bush of course. You seem to have some idea in your heads that the President sets the gas prices? Too bad the dem congress won't let us drill and produce more of OUR Own.
    Nope, they'd rather pay other countries for it and use our crops so the food prices and transportation prices go up to. Good thinking. Not.

    May 27, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Gregory

    Any American voter who excuses this type of foolishness should be cast out of the country. Supporting Dubbya or accepting his support should be deemed "UNPATRIOTIC"! I hope Americans see that John McCain is very much tied to Dubbya and all of his policies that have blackened the clouds over America for the last 8 years!

    May 27, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. widebody

    Can someone please explain why there is a Presidential primary in Puerto Rico, when inhabitants of the Commonwealth are not allowed to vote in the election?

    May 27, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Chris in SC

    Worst President in the history of this country...definite liability. This should help ensure a resounding Democratic victory in November!

    May 27, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. MD

    Bush is a liability to the country and the world, never mind McCain.

    May 27, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. masaccio

    Are you kidding? They couldn't even find enough average donors to hold the thing at the convention center, and had to settle for huge dollar donations from the obscenely rich people who owe a huge part of their wealth to Bush Crony Capitalism

    May 27, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. LessTalkMoreWalk

    There was a time that McCain apparently offered a rational choice to conservatives – and Conservatives. His experience and conduct mixed a libertarian/liberal respect for individuals with a conservative personal and fiscal ethos. Or so it seemed.

    Since campaign 2000, however, he surrendered his soul to the Dark Side. The NeoCon knuckleheads did what the North Vietnamese could not . . . they broke McCain’s spirit, and his moment in history is gone.

    May 27, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. j

    In comparison to how the Republicans went after Clinton over his "errors", the Democrats have every right to not only impeach, but imprison several of the Bush administration along with stripping them of their wealth. Wealth and power are the only things that truly matter to most of them.

    May 27, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. trellskig

    Big time liability...democrats that have never voted before are teaming up to get those lousy, lazy, self-absorbed republicans out of office all over the US. Now that's what I am talking about...Democratics will have the last say in this even if Obama doesn't win in November. "United we stand, devided we fail"!

    May 27, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. bill pike


    May 27, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. ???

    I don't know, is bringing a six pack of beer to court a liability in a DUI case?

    May 27, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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