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.

Related: McCain does tricky dance with unpopular Bush

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soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    George Bush...
    Has been a liability for nearly everyone–unless you're a large military industrial contractor or an energy company executive. Why should McCain be exempt from the "Bush stain" ...the rest of us sure are not.

    May 27, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. Republican in Idaho

    Some of you are so dillusional. We need moral reform in this country. We need Bob Barr!!! Barr "08 a true republican.

    May 27, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Ed

    McCain in 2000 was the appealing Maverick I admired crushingly. Mit Romney pushed McCain into a Bush caricature. In order to prove his conservative credentials and beat Romney McCain metamorphosed into Bush. Now he wants to run away from Bush. Sen McCain ,made the greatest Blunder in the primaries. He still have my admiration but not my vote anymore.

    May 27, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Crush Rush

    Twenty eight percent?They must all live in Florida with Lush Limbaugh and his pinheads.

    May 27, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Michael, an independent Canadian


    But it won't matter. Hillary has polarized the Democrats so divisely that it appears that McCain is going to win with the help of the Clinton supporters.

    On November 5th, I hope CNN reflects back on the Democrat primaries and reaffirm that it was the Clinton monomania (singlemindedness) that led to Obama's downfall, as the divide is just too wide for anyone to heal.

    May 27, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Griff

    Neither here, nor there, in my view. When he is, I should think he'll have the good sense, to step away.

    May 27, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Francys

    Facts about McCain I was unaware of. Women in particular should read this article before november :

    May 27, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Logan

    Liability. The only people he has helped are my rich relatives and their country club friends. I loved hearing my rich family members complaining about being in a higher tax brack their because of all of the money mommy and daddy gave them.

    May 27, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |

    old tactics,mcbush??war twince

    May 27, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Janet, Arizona

    We can't wait for you to get to Phoenix today, Mr. Bush. We will be waiting for you at the Silverado Cable Company, one of the defense contractors, in Mesa, AZ, where you plan to give a speech. We will be at the corner of Dobson and Main at 2:00. We are still having our rally in downtown Phoenix at 4:00, even though low ticket sales has pushed the fundraiser out of the Phoenix Convention Center into private homes. Also, you were afraid they would be more people in the street than there were in the Convention Center. And you were afraid the media would be there. Not CNN, though, I haven't seen them cover this story going on in McCain's home state.

    Print this CNN, print some real news for a change.

    May 27, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. white middle aged woman FOR OBAMA

    Bush the LOSER.
    Mccain the LOSER WANNABE

    May 27, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Karen from Texas

    Thank you for supporting McSame. This is sure to help out the democratic party, no matter who the nominee is.

    May 27, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Mike, Land O Lakes, FL

    McBush is nothing but an extention of Bush's misreable two terms. Let's see

    Bush wants to be in Iraq for another 50years vs McSame wants to be in Iraq for another 100years.

    They both want to extend the tax cut for the wealthy and neither have a clue about the Economy.

    May 27, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. Steve

    John McCain has George W. Bush and Barack Obama has his wife. It might be a toss up. By the way, any word when Michelle's new video is coming out?

    May 27, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    McCane is Bush III....... he has no chance to win 2008

    May 27, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Swalker327

    Bush and McCain are both idiots - they deserve to be together.

    Nuff said

    OBAMA 08

    May 27, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. Michael, Torrance, CA

    As a republican I am sorry to say that anyone that approves of the job Bush is doing is just as big of a retard as Bush is. McCain will get the republican vote with or without Bush's help and will win in November. America will be counting on McCain to clean-up the total mess that Bush leaves in Iraq.

    May 27, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. HTA, Chicago, IL

    Liability! I thought McCain would drift closer to the center after winning the nomination. However, it looks like he's sticking to the right. I was a fan in 2000, but I am having a hard time supporting him in 2008.

    May 27, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. A CANUCK

    Bush a liability ??? Heck No !!! He should be at every McCain rally.
    McCain really needs his support........GOTCHA !!!!!! OBAMA2008.

    May 27, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. A DEM for 50 years

    I will vote for Sen. Mccain over obams every day of the week, and twice on sunday. Down with obamanation.

    May 27, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Jan from Boca Raton, Fla

    He is neither, he a joke and the American people just ignore him.

    He'll be gone and forgotten in a few months(except he will be remembered along with Jimmy Carter as the worst President
    America has ever had)

    May 27, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. joaquin

    well, obviously, Bush is just a glimpse into the future with john McCain
    so make your choice......can't be any easier than that

    May 27, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  23. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    google Rhinestone Cowboy McCain before you decide to vote for him. Excerpt

    He showed himself to be intellectually alert during the interview. From a morale point of view he is not in traumatic shock. He is neither dejected nor depressed. He was able to be sarcastic, and even humorous, indicative of psychic equilibrium. From the moral and ideological point of view he showed us he is an insensitive individual without human depth, who does not show the slightest concern, who does not appear to have thought about the criminal acts he committed against a population from the absolute impunity of his airplane, and that nevertheless those people saved his life, fed him, and looked after his health, and he is now healthy and strong. I believe that he has bombed densely populated places for sport. I noted that he was hardened, that he spoke of banal things as if he were at a cocktail party.

    May 27, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Sharon Minnesota

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

    Be sane and vote McCain.

    May 27, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. bob in L.A.

    If the man is a liability to America and the world in general, how can he be of use to anyone? He needs to spent the last few months of his time in office in Crawford.

    May 27, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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