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.

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soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. jizzo

    This guy has turned out to be the worst president ever in my lifetime.

    May 27, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. Al, NY NY

    If JM wants to lose the election, have that moron campaign with him. He is a cancer to any GOP candidate except for the die-hards (28%) who still have to go for their MRI's to have their brains examined

    May 27, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Umpire

    The same crowd that benefited from Bush's tax-cuts for the wealthy will pony up for McCain, who will try to continue that unnecessary and unfair giveaway. Bush might not attract friendly crowds any more, but he will show up at the cocktail parties, where contributing or raising $100,000 is the price of an invitation. So, expect the President to keep a lower profile–and to raise tons of money for McCain behind the scenes. Doing so will not only fuel a strong Republican campaign, it will also tie McCain tightly to the same relatively small crowd of the super-rich and over-privileged. In office, McCain would have to honor his commitments to powerful corporate interests and to the neo-con think tanks that have led this nation onto the road to economic, military, and global disaster. So, McCain is a war hero and–occasionally–a genuinely nice guy, but those folks will own him from Day One. Count on it.

    May 27, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. James , Houston, TX.

    G.W. is a definite Liability for the Entire Country; The World; The Human Race. Why is McCain an EXCEPTION ?
    Not One to wish life away, but come on 2009!

    May 27, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Carmen Colorado

    Bush needs to wait out his time to get out of the WH and go back to his ranch and stay there. We do not need to to hear anything he has to say or see him, we have had more than enough of him and his administration. He should be ashamed to even be seen.

    May 27, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. rice, bryan

    anything tied to bush can not by any sense of the word be a good thing.

    May 27, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. mongersgoaway

    With a disapproval rating of over 70%- this is a real question?
    I hope he walks side-by-side with McSame until November!

    May 27, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. mCBUSH


    May 27, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Dave

    Yet, more examples of many Obamite's mentality on display. Read the comments above people. Do you see a pattern here? This is the kind of stuff you hear in a highschool cafeteria. How can any traditional Democrat support a movement with such hate and vile?

    May 27, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. my pet goat

    I call them the Credit Card Republicans.They burn out the credit card and leave the bill for the Dems and future generations.How fiscally responsible is that?

    May 27, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Susan

    a BIG FAT liability. He travels the same road as Bush. War monger, rights grabbying militaristic junta leader is what you will get with McCain.

    May 27, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Angelina

    McCain is a man with his own mind. He doesn't follow Bush. In fact, he disagrees with him on several issues.

    Obama is the one who will simply vote the "popular vote", whether it's in the best interests of the nation or its people. That's who he is. He's a flip-floppin, spineless, inexperienced candidate, who knows ZERO about the economy OR foreign policy. But see this is where the Dems lose out every time! They go for what's popular or what they consider "intellectual". They have no idea how to be unique and do what's best for an entire group as opposed to just themselves. Leaders HAVE to be willing to go against the grain at times. Obama is NOT YOUR MAN!

    May 27, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Uncle Fester

    Ross apparently you have been asleep for the last seven years

    May 27, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. Liability

    Unfortunately, Bush is as much a liability to the Republican Party as Obama is to the Democratic Party!

    May 27, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. Words of Caution

    Do you really have to ask this question?
    Let the rest of the world respond to this "trick question" so there is an objective opinion....yeah...he's a liability alright!

    May 27, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. jay

    McCain is a liability withot GWB. I have lost one cousin in Iraq and my best friend lost his legs in Afgan. Sorry 4 years or 100 years is still to long for me. McCain is laughable i have to admit it was fun heckling the guy when he came here to MI. He questions Obama's patriotism but this guy said SC confederate flag was a "state issue". That is a flag of a group of racist people who picked up arms against America in there effort to try and keep slavery...He will truely set us back as a nation 210 years!

    obama08...clinton08...dream ticket08...just not McCain

    May 27, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Joe Regis

    Bush is a godsend for the democrats this year.

    A liability.

    America is looking for a new direction.

    Go Obama go.

    May 27, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Nicole in NE

    John McCain is NOT a moderate, for those of you telling yourself that, just so you can feel warm and fuzzy about voting for him in the fall……he sold himself to the conservatives awhile ago and sorry…..his policies follow Bush to a TEE now!

    What a joke and what's really sad is how country is going to go down HORRIBLY if we vote the SAME policies in that got us in this mess! Open your eyes people.

    I for one do not want to continue Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans while the rest of us feel the pressure of not being able to buy gas, our jobs getting shipped overseas under NAFTA, millions of children in our OWN country suffering because we won't help them. Our defficet is out of control, how about that foreign policy that has left us at odds with the rest of the world? Gosh, let's send thousands more to die in Iraq for FAILED policy so "we can WIN" that would show them!


    May 27, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. Pat Va


    I say to you and all the Bush/McSsme backers, that it's a pretty pitiful day when the most significant and poisitive thing you can say about the present president is that his approval rating is higher than Congress. That, my dear, speaks volumes and why republicans running in elections recently (MS, LA & IL) were kicked to the proverbial curb!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    In response to the article title-question:


    What kind of a question is that? A no-brainer, that's what. Hence, why most people have a strong distaste for McBush.

    May 27, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Peggy - Texas

    Bush makes McSame look smart

    May 27, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. Joel King

    Everyone wants to say Bush is the greatest uniter the Democrats have, oh really? He beat them twice for the presidency. I hope they are that unified in November. McCain is no Bush third term. If the dems thought that they would not have begged him to be on the ticket in 2004. Think for yourself people! Do not become puppets.

    May 27, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Ian

    They're both liabilities.

    No more cowboys!!!

    May 27, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Agnostic Democrat


    May 27, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. Words of Caution

    Liability...ugh hugh...definately a liability!

    May 27, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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