May 27th, 2008
10:20 AM ET
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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. Carl

    A big liability he is but alot of people will not look past the race of Obama.

    May 27, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Doug R.

    Let him back McCain.
    Bush's approval rating is near 20% and he has lied to, mislead, and deceived the American people since the day he took office. He has also violated U.S. laws and the United States Constitution. He is the very wort President the U.S. has ever had.

    May 27, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. carolflowery

    Thank you Mr. President, I still think you will be one of the greatest Presidents when history is written.

    May 27, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Doug R.

    Let him back McCain.
    Bush's approval rating is near 20% and he has lied to, mislead, and deceived the American people since the day he took office. He has also violated U.S. laws and the United States Constitution. He is the very worst President the U.S. has ever had.

    May 27, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Proud American

    Who cares!!! They are both worthless. Nothing from nothing is still nothing!

    May 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. Doris,Memphis, TN

    Bush will hurt McOld!

    May 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Marie-Lynn

    I can't found no words ... Except two same of a kind

    May 27, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Arkay, MI

    Seriously, with his current approval rating, does this question need to be answered?

    May 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. king from toronto

    when are people gonna realize mcsame is even worst than bush!! it's a fact.

    May 27, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Brian

    I'm glad Bush and McCain share the same brain..... America will probably not vote for an idiot 3 times in a row.

    Want to buy some gas Repubbies?

    May 27, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Carl Los Angeles

    Does ANYONE here think that George W. Bush did NOT break more than one law, constiutional or otherwise? A simple question that doesn't call for the lunatic answer; a simple yes or no. If you say no you are factually incorrect. If you say YES why then vote for McCain? John McCain should stop playing with garbage. JOHN PLEASE STOP QUOTING JOHN KENNEDY!

    May 27, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. JA Cook

    Bush remains strong among those who would force their will on the rest of the country.

    Wealthy conservatives have had their grip on power and with the help of Bush they've strengthened their financial grips. There are many who have grown wealthier and more powerful through the war in Iraq and other Bush initiatives. Whatever helps them hold on, they'll support.

    Stay the Course with John McCain!

    May 27, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. SHERRY WV

    Yes, he's a liability and so is his pitiful foreign policy...cant stand the way McSame came out on Obama for not serving in the military...especially when Bush is his master and Bush went out of his way NOT to serve in wartime. Not to mention Bill Clinton's military history or lack there of.

    May 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    George W. Bush was a liability when he was born, much less to McCain!

    May 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Justin

    Bush is a gift to destroy his third term chances with McSame.

    May 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Debby

    I say an he will help McCain because after 911 Dems. and Repubs. were behind Bush to go into Iraq and Bush's approval rating was really high. They will probably do an add and people's memories will be jogged again that this can happen to us again with the wrong President in charge.

    May 27, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. Ehsanul Haque

    Both are liabilities!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. American Party

    There is an efford under way the get Hillary's name on the ballot in all 50 states, please join us. With elite left wingers on the left, and elite right wingers on the right we need Hillary for us here in the middle.

    May 27, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Cosmic Comedy Queen

    You ask the stupid obvious question and you get the stupid obvious answer...Duuuuuuuuuuuhhhh!

    May 27, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. taylor richmond virginia

    I actually can't believe Bushes approval rating doesn't hover around 1-2%. Seriously, he has screwwed up so horribly on so many things.......he has failed even the republicans.

    May 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. McCain 08

    Any gift Bush will be to the Democratic nominee in the fall will be offset by Obama being the nominee.

    Many Americans are distrustful of someone who listened to the hatred of Rev Wright and exposed such hatred to his two daughters.

    That is not change that I believe in. I adhorr that type of change.

    May 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. ANGIE

    can anyone one of you people tell me on this blog the great things bush or mcsame has done for us the american people or for our country cmon im waiting name one thing

    May 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Stan Lee

    Yes Bush, Keep showing your face with Mc Cain, so Obama or Hillary ca win, Hahahaha

    May 27, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Janet, Arizona

    CNN has posted other comments, but not mine. I'll try again.

    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. CNN, are you going to be in Phoenix today?

    May 27, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. champislove

    An open letter to Johm McCain;
    Now is no time ot move away from Bush. You didn't do it when is approveral rating was at 70%. You didn't do it when he flew over New Orleans. You didn't do it when he started a war that the U.S. should have never started. And all the other dump and stupid things this fool has done , you and the rest of your party was right there. So be an man and stand by your man John.

    May 27, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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