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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  1. Rick

    With ratings as low as Bush has, he would have to be a liability to John McCain's presidential bid? McCain will win anyway and we will have 4 more years of Bush policies continued.

    For any working man to vote for a Republican, is about like a chicken voting for Col Sanders these days. Their policies hurt them the most !! High paying Jobs exported, turned the USA into a 3rd world country with Amnesty for illegals, posisonus foods, tainted toys and diseases that were never heard of 8 years ago ! Wake up worker bees before your good paying job leaves soon !

    May 27, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. Bitter - New Orleans, LA

    He's a liability because too many Americans are bathing in the coolaid that the media puts out.

    It's amazing to see the idiocy and factually incorrect statements on the ticker. Especially from the Obama zealots.

    Media bias and blind partisanship makes for stupid voters. Stupid voters lead to stupid candidates. Why else do you think we're stuck year after year without a truly viable candidate on either ticket?

    May 27, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. After further review,Texas

    These are the most fudged numbers Ive ever seen.They must have taken the poll on K-street,Wall street and Florida.

    May 27, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Joe Regis


    Republicans fatigue!!!

    The repubs are doomed this year.

    May 27, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Ann

    no matter how much you dispise Bush and we all do, Obama will lose the election and McCain will win the WH come November.
    It's a given. America is not ready for a black president nor are they ready for a woman. Simple as that.

    May 27, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. David

    He is most certainly a liability if he stumps for him too much. McCain need to put some distance between him and show why he would be different. That said, they both suck.

    May 27, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. AJ, IL

    Major liability. Everyone talks about McCain's maverick demeanor over the last 35 years, but where has McCain stood on issues over the last 5 to 8 years. If McCain has been supportive of Bush's policies by over 90% over the last 5 years, then he will be rightfully portrayed as a third Bush term!

    May 27, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Tim

    Let me put it this way. He is a ball and chain on McCain's leg in the middle of the ocean with no land in sight.

    May 27, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. R

    he's a gift to the democrat party if he's "helping" McCain

    May 27, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Veteran in Kansas

    Bush would be a liability for his Father. But then again he can be off set with an Obama nomination.

    May 27, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. martin

    he's a liability for mccain,but a dream come true for, will mark the moment, when mccain loses his independent support.some republicans will use this an excuse to crossover to obama,also.obama would never accept financial help from a war criminal.bush is a go-between for money from corporations ,like big oil,and haliburton.those companies who have stolen america's wealth,from the american people,and put us in debt to china,forever.those companies who have grown enormously wealthy,at the expense of our troops' lives.bush cheney hillary mccain rumsfeld should all be held accountable ,for their contributions in misleading the nation,into an illegal war.we cannot afford to have these people in government,anymore.they have set us back,decades.

    May 27, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. my pet goat

    Stupid is that stupid does and I will vote for McSame.

    May 27, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. NickNas

    Bush has been a Liabilty to the whole PLANET so whay even ask this question????

    May 27, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. joe m

    let's face it, bush is like the dirty diaper that you don't really want to deal with, but ultimately have to so that you can get past it. mccain has to walk a fine line to woo the die-hard bush supporters, but also to define himself beyond bush so that he can attract the important moderate and independent voters.

    mccain will do best by reminding everyone that he is a far different person than bush, and therefore would not bring about a 'third bush term' as dems are trying to paint. his personal story and his record will speak best for him.

    May 27, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    John McCain/Jeb Bush is exactly what you are voting for.

    May 27, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Fred

    If your looking for 4 more years of Bush vote for McCain.

    May 27, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Tell It Like It Is

    Kiss of death for McCain

    May 27, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. ted

    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.

    May 27, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. Republicans make me laugh!!

    Didn't Bush slam the stuffing out of McCain when they were both running for the Republican nomination. I remember the 'father of a black child' phone calls. Those calls didn't come from Democrats.

    Remember Repugs had it their way for 7 years. Those so called 'conservatives' have spent more of our money and created a bigger government than ever before.

    January 20, 2009 We will never have to deal with Georgie again!

    May 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Rave

    Please support McCain, Mr. President.
    Then Obama will sweep in all states... 🙂

    May 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Billy from Florida

    No one is going to pay any attention to Bush, he's a has been and
    the worst President we have ever had.

    May 27, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Bush is a liability to McCain the same way that Bill Clinton was a liability to Al Gore in 2000.

    May 27, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. bernie

    its over for obama.he should get out for the good of the party.he is behind in all swing states and no way will he ever get elected in november.the republicans will tear him apart and he will see what it is like to go nasty.aunt ester obama will have all her racial remarks come out and we will see who really plays the race card. who goes to any church for twenty years and listen to all that garbage and still go to that church?people wake up before it is too late.obama supporters keep calling hillary backers names and then see who gets the support in the fall.

    May 27, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  24. Joseph Silver

    Who are we kidding? Bush is a complete liability to McCain.

    May 27, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  25. Lois

    Oh poor McCain, tried to distant himself in one breath from ole Bushy boy, in the next, letting him host a fund raiser for him. Ticket sales were very low, so they are having it "privately" at McCains ranch. McCain needs money badly, Hillary is even ahead in donations. Poor OLD McCain. Leiberman almost residing at McCains ranch, smooching up to the probably the only other person who wants to attack Iran. LOL Such a motley group! GAWD please NO MORE REPUBLICANS in the WH!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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