February 11th, 2008
06:02 PM ET

Will President Bush’s support help or hurt McCain?

President George W. Bush shakes hands with Senator John McCain at a Victory 2004 rally at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Central Point, Oregon. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

John McCain is a "true conservative"... so says President Bush.

However, the president acknowledges that the likely Republican presidential nominee may have to work harder to convince other conservatives that he's one of them.

In an interview over the weekend, Mr. Bush ticked through McCain's conservative credentials, saying he's strong on national defense, tough fiscally, believes in making the tax cuts permanent, and he's "pro-life."

When asked about criticism coming from conservative commentators like Rush Limbaugh, President Bush said McCain "has got some convincing to do", and added he'd be glad to help him if the Arizona senator is the nominee.

The president's comments were as close to an endorsement as McCain will get at this stage because there are still other Republicans in the race. It was also something new for Mr. Bush, who up until this point has refused to be drawn into commenting on the race.

Many conservatives still don't trust McCain and his aides are hoping that the head of the party, President Bush, could help bring the fractured groups together.

Of course, it's worth noting that Mr. Bush remains largely unpopular, hovering around some of the worst approval ratings of his presidency. A poll out last week showed even Mr. Bush's support among Republicans is at an all-time low.

Here’s my question to you: How will President Bush's support affect John McCain’s candidacy?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Benjamin from Atlanta writes:
Support from Mr. Bush can only hurt McCain. The main Republican base has tired of his leadership, and his approval ratings show it. Likewise, independents are not looking for another Bush, and by accepting support from Mr. Bush, McCain, in their eyes, aligns himself with the current president. Dangerous ground.

Jim from Los Angeles writes:
Jack, Bush should hop right into the fray. We have McCain and Huckabee "old and pious" being supported by Bush the "nucular". It is proof of intelligent design and that some people didn't evolve. Glory Hallelujah! Let the campaign begin.

Jon from Ashburn, Virginia writes:
Every photo op involving Bush and McCain will turn into footage for the Democrats to use this fall. The more, the merrier.

Mac writes:
President Bush's endorsement will help John McCain solidify his stance as a "true conservative" and help him secure the Republican nomination. However, President Bush will also cost McCain valuable support from independents during the general election.

Tom from Avon, Maine writes:
The time for George Bush to support Senator McCain was when Republican dirty tricksters swift boated the senator 8 years ago. It is mind-boggling what moronic garbage some idiots will believe at campaign time.

Dave from Moorhead, Minnesota writes:
Right now an endorsement from George Bush would be the equivalent to the kiss of death from the mafia.

Rex from Portland, Oregon writes:
How could any support by Bush possibly help anyone, anywhere? Jack, get a grip. Would you want Bush to put in a good word for you at CNN?

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. phil

    Hopefully President Bush will enthusiastically endorse John McCain, which means a landslide victory for the Democrats in November!

    February 11, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  2. BillD

    How will President Bush’s support affect John McCain’s candidacy?


    February 11, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  3. Major "C" in Lorton, Virginia

    Figuratively speaking, it will be the "last nail" in his political coffin.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  4. Xan Steel Orlando, FL

    Personally, support from Bush would hurt anyones campaine.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  5. kevin stidham

    ummm...yes, and in a bad way. Q: If a leader with a bad rep recommends someone else to take their place, why would anyone follow that advice? A: Nobody in there right mind would do so and if i was McCain i would ask Bush to support a democrat, that would help his campaign.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  6. Mike McKibben, Fl

    Lady Lake, Fl

    Let's put it this way, if I were on the fence for whom I was going to vote for in the general election (or primary), and President Bush came out and supported a candidate.........................I would vote for the other candidate.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  7. Albert

    Yesterday I saw a news file picture of John McCain hugging G.W. Bush. If I were the Democrats, I'd print that everywhere.

    Columbia, Missouri

    February 11, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  8. Todd - Bellevue WA

    As a President with a 30% approval rating, McCain should do everything he can to avoid that kind of endoresment. It just screams "More of the same."

    February 11, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  9. independent

    I say if Bush can get the supreme court to intervene some how, then it will help McCain. Other then that I don't see his help doing anything but remind us of the mess
    we find ourselves in.


    February 11, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  10. Linda in Florida

    I am not voting Republican, but if I were, and I was undecided, the fact that Bush feels that McCain is his kind of guy, would push me right off the fence!

    February 11, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  11. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    Obviously Bush is McCain’s idol and he will be dumb enough to welcome being damned with praise from a moron. Unfortunately, there are 50 million other morons that will vote for him because of that praise. Heaven, please, deliver us from these neo-conartists.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  12. Tom, Avon Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    The time for George Bush to support Senator McCain was when Republican dirty tricksters swift boated the senator 8 years ago. It is mind-boggling what moronic garbage some idiots will believe at campaign time.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  13. Rich McKinney, Texas

    President Bush is like leprosy to any republican candidate. McCain can't help it if someone wants to endorse him though. McCain should take the endorsement quietly and walk away. Sadly. Americans still think Bush started this war and they forgot about the congress that authorized it in the first place. The blame falls squarely on all of them not just Bush.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  14. C.Jones

    Jack; I certainly hope, for the 98% of "everyday-Americans," that GWB's support of John McCain proves to be the "KISS-OF-DEATH!" America surely does NOT need another 1 year of Repub. rule, let alone 4.
    Chuck OH

    February 11, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  15. Bruce St Paul MN

    It's a double-edged sword. Mr. Bush certainly has a great record as a fundraiser, and he may be able to help that way. But I have to think that all those candidates for the Senate, the House, or for Governor, who are distancing themselves from the Bush doctrine in order to survive, will then be forced to distance themselves from McCain.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  16. Mike Smith, New Orleans

    President Bush's support of John McCain is like watching a lame duck help a cooked goose try to fly. Most Republican congressional candidates didn't want Mr. Bush anywhere near their 2006 campaigns. Things certainly aren't any better now.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  17. James

    I imagine President Bush will help John McCain`s campaign, about as much as a broken leg would.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  18. M. Fisher, Columbus, OH

    President Bush's support cannot do anything but hurt no matter who he is supporting. He is so disliked at this point (except for the very far right group) that no one is paying any attention to him except to discount anything he says as irrelevant. Poor John McCain as if he doesn't have enough problems already. Too bad George decided to speak up.

    February 11, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  19. Josh

    Hello from Sylvania, Ohio. Jack, this is an easy one. Since nearly everyone in this country hates George W. Bush, Bush's nomination of John McCain will be the "Kiss of Death". George W. Bush has pretty much handed the Democrats a victory. Because all the Democrats have to do further beat McCain other than outdebate him is show the picture of George W. Bush with John McCain, then they said "Had enough?". A picture saids an thousand words.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  20. Carmen

    Why is Bush in this subject? Does anybody care what he thinks, of how he feels? He has done enough damage to this world. It will take years to fix this mess.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  21. Alex in Madison Wisconsin

    It will be the death of MCCain. Bush has the "Vulcan Death Grip" on anything he touches.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:07 pm |

    a bush endorsement for mccain is equal to signing a letter of concession. everyone is fed up with bush and his administration and do not want a continuance of his stupidity. the hole john mccain is digging for himself is not with a shovel but a bulldozer. no wonderb even ann coulter is disgusted.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  23. bnthdntht

    He will help with the white male vote conservative,liberal,and independent.


    February 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  24. Jeff in Connecticut

    Among the 29% or so intellectually challenged & corrupt who still support Bush, about 70% of those will, like the sheep that they are, blindly go with that endorsement.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  25. John from Calsbad, CA


    I don't think it will effect much in the republican primary as that is pretty much wrapped up.

    In the general election it will only hurt him since 70% of the country does not like or in some cases despise Bush. I am not a big fan of McCain but it will only seal his fate with me since I think Bush was the biggest disaster of a president in our history.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  26. Tina

    Hurt badly. He is worse than having Bill Clinton when Al Gore was running. All Bill did was diddle around in the White House and Bush has killed our economy & made goods go sky high and started a war that was not needed. Where is Bin???

    February 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  27. Joy

    Power, it's all about power! Even though the majority of people disapprove of Bush, he still has power and will rally support from the GOP which will be a big help to McCain. We would be getting more of the Bush administration with McCain and he clearly tell us so. With that said, he's still getting the votes, so it's up to us, the voters not letting him get elected! Another strong message from the GOP, they care nothing about the people, only their party!!!!! Joy, Morrisville, N.C.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  28. Lafayette Howell

    Will G Bush help McCain, McCain stuck his foot in his mouth when the words
    George W. Bush came rolling of his tounge.


    February 11, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  29. Omar Siddiquee

    I think McCain's position amongst conservatives is being sorely misrepresented. Most of the primaries in which he has won allow only registered Republicans to vote, and amongst them he's won over 3 times as many delegates as the best of his rivals. Conservatives love him. It's the most rabid extreme right wing extremists who demand that the Republican candidate meet their criteria for whom should lead the country. Amongst the sane, McCain is doing great. The people he fails with are people whom no honest patriotic American should be pandering to.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  30. Jim

    Any support from the likes of George Bush and Dick Cheyney is enough to kill anyone's hopes of winning the vote of the sane people in this country! Let's just hope there are more sane people voting in this election than in 2000 and 2004.

    Prosperity SC

    February 11, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  31. dre dog

    It will do what the two of them seem too have in common, surge
    now in the primary but ultimately fail as will MaCain because thats all
    there is. 100 years of war thats even alot for the Bushes. Aundria from boston

    February 11, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  32. Chris

    Jack, Well I really don't think this glowing endorsement came in time for the Republicans to take away McCains nomination, but it sure came in time for all Americans to say NO MORE BUSH. Perhaps George and Bill got together and decided that Barack was going to be our next president.....because it sure seems they have both now done their part to decide for us. Chris in Chazy N.Y.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  33. Pat-Florida

    It doesn't matter who endorses McCain. It is already programed for McCain to win this nomination & the presidential election. People that vote against him or against Hillary won't even have their votes counted. The FIX is in.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  34. Terry North Carolina

    If I was John McCain I would stay as far away from George W. Bush as I could. John has to get to the big chair on his own merits and show the American people what he intends to do to fix this mess George and Dick and Scooter created. Its just like flying an F4 in combat you do it alone.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:33 pm |

    These men are two peas in a pod. McCain is not a true conservative and Bush is not known for telling the truth. However, they are BOTH warmongers!

    February 11, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  36. Lynn in Ohio

    It will have no effect. Republicans will again gather in a tight knit group to support whomever the nominee is. Their most important issue is allegiance to the party. I really believe if a convicted felon of the worst kind were to somehow gain the nomination he or she, wait I take the she part back as an immpossiblity, would get the full support of the red ties. I could have voted for Rudy until I watched him do a campaign ad for a highly disrespected candidate in the 2006 election. All about party and the hell with the country.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  37. Ryan

    Considering that Bush's approval rating is 30% nationally, I'd say it hurts.... and I'm a Republican.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  38. Cathy Norem West Fargo, North Dakota

    Bush's support is like the kiss of death; it would mean the end of McCain's presidential bid. I consider myself an independent voter; Bush and McCain are too much alike for me to even consider voting for McCain. If McCain were a smart man, and I have my doubts, he would tell Bush, "thanks but no thanks." He should aske Bush to stay as far away as possible.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  39. Daniel, Chicago, Illinois

    Well Jack, an endorsement like this from the president should be the final proof we need to know McCain is not conservative. Bush is hardly conservative himself. So, Americans dislike Bush, and conservatives dislike McCain, so I highly doubt Americans or conservatives are going to want President McBush sitting in the Oval Office.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  40. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack, after 8 years, of President Bush, I doubt, if any republican has a chance, at the White House. Republican's only have a chance, if the Democrats self- destruct. McCain needs, to keep his distance, from the White House or he'll be labeled Bush ll.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  41. Patricia

    Support of John McCain by this President should send red flags up to everyone Jack. It means that John McCain will support the failed policies of this President. As will any Republican candidate & that's something we can't afford to continue.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  42. Joe in DE

    Yes, but don't jump ahead. The fat lady has not appeared.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  43. Joe in DE

    Support from Bush will make little diffrence in the Primaries, but will hurt in the general election.

    February 11, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  44. Jim Galvin

    Who is President Bush?

    February 11, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  45. JT

    You can be sure that Hillary and Barack are loving it! There is no easier way to win the white house than to be running against a George Bush wanna be.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  46. Belle

    Good grief... look at that picture of Bush and McCain you have posted.
    Bush looks happy, but McCain looks like he hates the guy !
    I don't think Bushes support will help McCain !

    February 11, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  47. Richard Sternagel

    Bush's support will hurt John McCain as he will be deemed a protege of Bush and who wants that distinction! McCain follows the Bush doctrine of staying the course in Iraq and of supporting the failed economic policies of Bush!

    February 11, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  48. David Richards

    John McCain wants to stay as far away from George Bush as he can. If he looks like he's too close to Bush he'll have a hard time overcoming the President's lousy poll numbers.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  49. Ron Russell from SF

    Having the political equivalent of Jack the Ripper support your opponent, is the best thing that can happen for the Democratic Nominee. I'd be running the ad of Bush doing speaking of behalf of McCain, in half of my commercials, if I were McCain's opponent.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  50. Mike Smith, New Orleans


    February 11, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  51. Andrew

    Any support from President Bush will hurt bad!!! If Mccain gets elected there will be a Bush White House for the 3rd time

    February 11, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  52. Dave

    Just wonderful with the thirty percent or so of voters who think Bush is doing a "heckava job". As far as the thinking population is concerned, I wouldn't let him near me if I was running for dogcatcher..

    Grand Junction, Colorado

    February 11, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  53. Bob White

    Just more proof to me that the Republicans current front-runner won't stand a chance in November. How would you like it if the most ineffective president in recent memory endorsed YOUR campaign?

    February 11, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  54. Ted, Portland OR

    The Bush endorsement signifies that McCain would continue on to serve out the Bush third term. McCain says he disagrees with the war policies of the Decider....but even the good Senator has put a timetable on it. 100 years. And it sure looks to me like Bush is as tired of the administration just as most Americans are. Hey Jack, I think I can get you an endorsement from Harry or Nancy. Just make the check out to........

    February 11, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  55. Dick B

    It is important. You never ignore a sitting President of your party. If Al Gore had sent Bill Clinton to Arkansas to campaign in 2000 George Bush would be baseball commissioner. Just imagine what baseball would be like after eight years of G.W.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  56. Reg in Atlanata

    Both! It will help with idiots, and hurt with thoughtful people.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  57. earl illingsworth

    John McCain will gladly except Bush's support. The two basically mirror each other when it comes to issues. Don't think for one minute that Bush' s support isn't monumental! Believe me , the Bush's are very powerful and influencial. The endorsement/support by George, is a Grand Slam for McCain! He very well could be our next President. Bush is a great strategist, and keeps very well educated company, which he could loan out to the McCain's,"Campaign Candidacy",who by the way, are the," Democratic Party's" nemesis!!!

    February 11, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  58. Greg M.

    Well, if there was any doubt before, John McCain need not worry about getting the antiwar vote anymore.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  59. Greg from PA

    Bush's endorsement will help McCain win the nomination, but will kill his chances of winning in the general election. It's just one more lie to add to Bush's long list. If McCain were smart, he would have distanced himself from George Bush and stuck to his original stand on every issue. That's the McCain I supported, not the flip-flopping, pandering, quasi-conservative that he has mutated into.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  60. tim

    his support will not help mccain one bit.look at the support bush has given the american people.a out of this world deficit, a war that should have never been and he has given this country to the mexicans.mccain must be a idiot to even let this be known.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  61. koolkat , Las Vegas

    Ha Bush's support well destroy Mc Cain's bid for the White House.
    Mc Cain should avoid George W. Bush like the plague if he even
    wants to stand a chance.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  62. Jeremy

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE MR.BUSH endorse McCain. There would be nothing better for the democratic campaign. So once again PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE MR. BUSH endorse McCain!!!!!!!!!

    February 11, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  63. Dennis G form FL

    McCain is going to be all right no matter who backs him because of the "Republican Sneak" factor. That is: no one will talk about their Republican point of views but once their in that voting booth the truth comes out. Lets not forget that although Bush has a low aproval rating there are still people who approve of what he is doing. It proves how mentally ill some people are but unfortunetly that is still a reality. People will remain the self centered, pompous waste of spaces they have always been. In order to continue human existance on this planet people like George Bush and John McCain need to learn to shut up and sit down. They over complicate things and in the long run this hinders our ability to evolve. It would not surprise me if they both bleed blue.(no pun intended) What a mess being left behind to clean up. I accept the challenge.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  64. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    A vote for McCain is a vote for the same old failed Bush policy with Jeb Bush as McCain's running mate.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  65. Andrew

    A warcriminal's support can only hurt the McCain camp. I think that if McCain wants to win the Whitehouse he should decline the offer.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  66. michelle

    GO MC cain! go! go!

    February 11, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  67. Robin Olsen

    I think you hit this on the head when you said George Bush was unpopular. Some even describe him as 'worst ever'.

    Given these comments and feelings I think that GWB should not be making any comments at all as he may just end up reminding Ameericans just what they can expect from Republicans who traditionally ignore the needs and desires of the bulk of Americans the day after the election and does whatever they feel like or whatever their corporate controllers tell them to do

    I have a friend who said he loves GWB because 'he does what says he will do'

    I submit that if he says he is going to invade small countries and drag the country into quagmires then 'doing what he say he will do' is not really a good thing.


    February 11, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  68. Bonita

    I thought an endorsement only meant something if it came from an admired and respectable person......Bush is hardly admired or respectable! I am not impressed with anything out of Bush's mouth. He sound so insincere when he speaks...and when he TRIES to read, I can't wait to turn the channel.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  69. Karl in CA

    Poor "W" still thinks anybody really cares if he goes to work every day. How delusional. Bush's endorsement can not be a positive for anyone. Republicans will be backing up to stay away from an endorsement from our beloved president come the general election.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  70. Julie VanDusky

    Bush's endorsement is the kiss of electoral death.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  71. Brian M. From Fort Mill, S.C.

    Bush will help with republicans during the primaries, but not with the general election. And since he pretty much has the primaries locked up, that's not an issue. He should avoid Bush as much as possible after August.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  72. Jason Dawkins from Houston, TX

    John McCain has proudly adopted the poor policy blueprint of the Bush Administration. As far as I'm concerned, the only harm George Bush can cause John McCain is making McCain look that much older.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  73. Andrew, Tampa, FL

    McCain will gain some radical conservatives, but then lose some independents. So in the end, I don't think it will be of significance.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  74. Tony Tirado

    John McCain has little chance in November but, if he allows George Bush anywhere near his camp, he doesn't have a prayer! Republicans are so out of touch with common americans that nothing will help him. We want change and that's why I'm voting for Barack Obama!

    February 11, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  75. Delmar

    Bush will help McCain about as much as that kiss of death helped Joe Lieberman,,, really Putin could give McCain a better lift than Bush did,,,.......

    February 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  76. Les Young

    I f were John McCain and Bushy said he was going to help I would run and hide.
    However they are of like minds because they both believe that we can make Iraq free by just wanting them to be. It seem to me it might be improtant that the Iraqis want freedom. Where I come from there is a old saying that you can lead a horse to water but you can"t make him drink. Just one OKIE opinion.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  77. Annie, Atlanta GA

    That's an easy one, Jack. He'll sink him. John McCain needs to politely refuse any assistance from Bush if he wants a shot at this.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  78. BJ Smith

    Yes Jack, it will help the 30% of Bush supporters still loyal, but the rest of the country will consider it one very, very dumb strategy.

    BJ Seminole, FL

    February 11, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  79. Layla

    It will hurt the Republicans and help the democrats. Anyone that shares any beliefs of President Bush, isn't someone I want running the country.

    February 11, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  80. Thomas, Tallahassee FL

    Hopefully it will help everyone see that McCain is just Bush #2. I don't know what all those independents who are voting for him are thinking. It's not 2000 anymore.

    February 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  81. Jayson from Indiana

    Both. The supporters of Bush may swing to McCain's side rather than Huckabee's. Then you have the non-supporters of Bush. This is what will hurt Mccain. Even if Bush's non-supporter's are Democrats, this will still hurt McCain in the general election in November. If Bush does indeed support McCain, he should keep that a secret, for what it holds, no one really knows!

    February 11, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  82. john b

    he'll help McCain win Texas and Florida and the presidency

    February 11, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  83. john

    It means there are no hard feelings about Bush making an ass out of McCain back in 2000.

    February 11, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  84. John D

    YES YES YES – George get in there and HELP. WE NEED YOU – NOW !

    February 11, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  85. Jerry

    If I were McCain I wouldn't want to be in the same room as Bush. Even though they are two peas in a pod, any association would hurt McCain. Republicans have to be the dumbest voters there are, why would you want to elect someone that closely resemble old shrub Bush.

    February 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  86. Caryl

    I agree with " PAT in FLORIDA" another "nail" " the F__ Lady" is in high note you can smell it in the wind

    February 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  87. Judy, Exeter, Ca

    He can endorse him, and if he does, McCain will loose. Bush's comments about making the tax cuts permanent, signifies he expects McCain to fall in and march to the Bush drum. McCain needs to become his own man again if he expects to win this election. He won't

    February 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  88. David

    Although Bush's reputation is in the gutter with many of his fellow Republicans, he still has a die hard following that think he can do no wrong. After all that has happend on his watch over the last 7 years these people still think Bush is a strong leader. McCain should jump for joy, I mean these are the same people that think McCain is too liberal! You can't get a better endorsement! If I were McCain I would be kissing Bush's feet for bringing aboard such an important group that will do whatever the Almighty Bush says.

    February 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  89. Frank

    Bush endorsing McCain is yet another reason why I will not vote for McCain. McCain has never said that the Iraq war was a con job and a mistake, making him a loose cannon and a threat to our geopolitical future. Bush thinking that McCain a good leader, a good fiscal conservative, a good social conservative, a good national security and border security advocate, and a good advocate of working Americans is an incredible joke. Don't forget the things that Bush said about McCain in South Carolina during the previous presidential campaign. Anything said by Bush is generally wrong.

    February 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  90. becky

    Will it hurt you ask, no more than someone throwing a drowing man a life preserver made out of stone.......

    February 11, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  91. Ron Margheim, Hood River, OR

    You know Jack, that picture on the website looks like McCain could be Bush's Dad! Anyway, Bush has no political capital left, he is the reason for the massive Democratic turnouts. In short, he is more of an albatross for John!

    February 11, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  92. Rob Dani

    It would mean no chance for a victory in November for the Republicans. Most of President Bush's policies are viewed negatively in most of America and around the world.

    February 11, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  93. Carolyn

    McCain would be better standing on his own. A passing endorsemnt from Bush would suffice.

    February 11, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  94. sam guffin

    george bush doesent care about john mccain he is preping his brother for eight years after hillary is in for eight years pass it around dont you no illuminate prevails again i love it.okla democrat

    February 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  95. Jeff, Florida

    Regardless of who gets the nomination for either party, it will be the independents and new, young voters who will tip the scale this November. Bush has become a master in the art of alienation for citizens at home, and our neighbors abroad. If McCain is to use Bush on the campaign trail, then I suggest that Bush begin stumping on Wednesday, November 5th.

    February 11, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  96. Daniel

    McCaine needs to make sure that he downplays Bush's endorsment because it will only hurt him in the long run. McCain has the rebuplican nominatiion in his pocket but when he goes against either Hilliary or Obama he going to wish people will forget about Bush period. As for his critics saying he is not conservative enough, that is only a plus. We need a president that's not ultra conservative nor ultra liberal or else we loose all hopes of common sense entering the white house(like we did the last eight years).

    February 11, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  97. Jay, Niagara Falls, Ont

    I think it will be a zero sum game for McCain. The hard core conservative votes that Bush draws in from people who buy everything Bush says will be cancelled out by undecided voters who will run away from anything Bush lends his name to.

    February 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  98. James from Florida

    It will affect him the same way it has up to this point. Everyone knows how alike McCain and Bush are and it shows in the turn out at the polls between democrats and republicans. The flip side of that is that there are some people who still want the same old government and for them Bush's support means everything.

    February 11, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  99. Sonia

    Pres. Bush can hurt Sen. McCain, as you know the Bush name is stained! I feel bad about Sen. McCain

    February 11, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  100. Pamela Byrd

    It doesn't matter because a Democrat is going to win.

    February 11, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  101. Martha K

    Who cares? The Repuglicans don't stand a chance of winning in November!

    February 11, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  102. David Adomako-Ansah

    It won't give his campaign a positive spin. Georgie has done way to much to America for anybody to back up McCain if he her to back him up. He's definatly put McCain in the back with his "support".
    HEY JACK!!! I've discovered a celebrity name for Hilary & Bill:

    February 11, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  103. Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    Jack I think if I was John Mccain and received President Bush blessing. I would consider it to be a kiss of death. I can only imagine Mccain trying to kick himself in the butt whenever that picture appears of him and President Bush hugging each other. If President Bush is trying to say he is a true conservatives like himself, then that's Gotta be a kiss of death.

    February 11, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  104. Judy

    In some ways it could help. McCain understands how. The media will play up how it could hurt as well as the liberals will. The President has obviously done some things well. His administration has protected this country from another 9-11.

    February 11, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  105. TLC

    Jack, I am in the process of looking for a job, which pays big bucks. Do you really think that I would put a person with a 30% job approval rating on my list of people to contact and give me a good recommendation, no way man.

    Larry in Texas

    February 11, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  106. jason todd

    I can't even imagine a world where Bush's endorsement would be advantageous to a candidate of any party. As a matter of fact, it may ( and should ) make any voter who has watched the news ( or the desecration of the constitution ) over the last several years run the opposite direction. I'm a strong supporter of constitutional rights and a registered republican and I have no idea what I'm going to do come election time.

    February 11, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  107. David AA Edmonton, Alberta

    It DEFINATLY won't give his campaign a positive spin. Georgie has done way to much to America for anybody to back up McCain if he her to back him up. He's definatly put McCain in the back with his "support".
    HEY JACK!!! I've discovered a celebrity name for Hilary & Bill:

    February 11, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  108. Randy, Evans WA

    If McCain is serious about his presidential chances he will not publicly acknowledge President Bush’s support. To do so would be committing political suicide considering Bush’s severe popularity slippage. Bush’s support of any republican candidate undermines their parties attempt to retain the White House. Republican candidates have taken great care to distance themselves from his failures. Makes one wonder if Bush is working for the Democratic Party, his support can only have a positive affect for democrats.

    February 11, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  109. Michael M Phx AZ

    I think John McCain has an awfully short memory since South Carolina in 2000 when Bush went after him with really dirty politics much like the Swift Boat ads he "backed" in 04. I would not want him anywhere near me during a campaign.
    Personnaly, I don't trust AWOL'ers who shriked their duty even if it only was with the Air Guard. My gawd, the man couldn't handle one weekend a month duty!

    February 11, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  110. Frank kozak

    Hi Jack – there is not a bit of dirrence between these two war hawks other then McCain is a combat vet and Bush patrolled the Rio Grande River looking for wetbacks so thar his rich friends would have cheap labor

    a Vote for McCain is a proxy for the Bush Bunch and hopefully it will never happen

    February 11, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  111. Antoine


    Bush's endorsement is helping. The Democrats that is. To better answer this question......would the President being of help to you, if you were running?

    February 11, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  112. Vinny, Conroe,Texas

    I dont think it will have any effect on McCains campaign. It's just like most other endorsements, they make news for a day and then are forgotten. If bad endorsements really mattered at all, then Bush could have just as easily endorsed the democratic nominee and used his anti-Midas touch on them.

    February 11, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  113. Jen - Storrs, CT

    Think about this logically. If the majority of people dislike George Bush, then those same peoples' opinions of McCain will be negatively affected by Bush's endorsement. Those who still favor George Bush will have a more positive feeling towards McCain because of the endorsement. Therefore, since the majority of people don't like President Bush, McCain will be adversely affected overall by Bush's comments.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  114. Paul

    President Bush's support may help getting right wing nuts like Rush Limbaugh's support, but as far as McCain's candidacy as a whole, it will really hurt. President Bush has had a sub 50% approval rating longer than any any other president ever! McCain would be a fool to embrace this incredibly unpopular fearmonger of a president.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  115. Ralph

    President Bush's support for John McCain is the "kiss of death". Bush is absolutely hated. McCain's comment that the Republican Party lost in 1986 congressional elections because they were not energized it silly. They lost because of the Iraq War and President Bush's incompetence. Bush makes the word "boob" seem like a compliment.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  116. Charles Liken

    It should make no difference. John McCain has stated that he has no problem staying in Iraq for 100 years and that he knows nothing about the U.S. economy. That is just more of George Bush and the voters have had it with that rhetoric.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  117. john, miami


    The best thing President Bush could do for Senator McCain's campaign, would

    be to support Clinton or Obama!

    February 11, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  118. Simon Guerra

    -Support from President Bush, no matter who the recipient may be, is like Paris Hilton vouching for Britney Spears and her outstanding judgement calls. I cannot imagine why John McCain or anybody close to him would think that a vocally supportive Bush might be beneficial. Today, the George W. Bush brand contains too much lead to let our kids play with.

    Sayner, WI

    February 11, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  119. Jerry Wilson

    Bush will not help McCain. Conservatives will vote for McCain without bush's remarks. Bush is about as popular as a skunk at a picnic with independents. So John would be wise to distance himself from Bush, and his failures as soon as possible.

    Tulsa, OK

    February 11, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  120. mom

    of course not since the backers of mccain is the same ones who supported bush

    February 11, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  121. Hybridnation

    Even though the majority of democrats love to hate Bush which in fact he is still our president , a majority of republicans are still on his side.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:10 pm |
  122. gigi

    Man, with friends like Bush, Sen. McCain doesn't need any enemies. That would be a death nail in his coffin. We Democrats just say "Keep on hammering George".

    February 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  123. Bruce in Los Angeles

    Hopefully Bush's support will help Swiftboat McCain's chances in the General election.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  124. Jon

    Every photo op involving Bush and McCain will turn into footage for the Democrats to use this fall. The more, the merrier.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  125. GJ - AZ

    Well President Bush's endorsement of Sen McCain will help all the voters still undecided. I expect Obama's web site is setting an all time hits record after the endorsement.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  126. David May

    Sorry McCain this is like a death sentence for you.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  127. Tony

    FADE IN:
    "Hail to the Chief"
    Ladies and Gentlemen, President Barack Obama.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  128. Charlie in Nahsville

    Hmm, lets see. Bill Clinton supports Hillary. Ted Kennedy supports Oboma. W supports McCain. Sounds like a draw to me.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  129. Bree Abernathy

    Simple, Jack: it won't. Conservatives are so fractured right now that for every one person who even cares that Mr. Bush supports McCain, there are two who don't support McCain and two who don't support Mr. Bush! I think the more salient question is 'How will John McCain embrace or ignore President Bush's to unite or further splinter the Republican party?'

    Bree A
    Indianapolis, IN

    February 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  130. Thomas In Canada

    It would the same as asking the captain of the Titantic for directions.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  131. Mike, Hoquiam Wa.

    Help him? Ha, It will put Grandpa Munster back on the train to AZ with all
    the other old people faster than a speeding bullet. I think I would rather
    be supported by Osama Bin Ladin.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  132. bajarat

    Bush is a pariah, and McCain is the clone of said evil one. A Bush endorsement may work as a pox on the ultra-liberal open-border zealot McCain. McCain must be defeated. He's sure no conservative.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  133. tim

    Does it really matter what George Bush says or who he endorses anymore? After all that he has (and has not) done to this country, doesn anyone really listen to what he says? Thank God he isn't endorsing any Democratic candidate!

    February 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  134. Ken KS

    Bush and McCain are two of a kind, except McCain was brave enough to serve his country while Gerorge was served beer and peanuts at the Alabama Air National Guard Country O-Club, when he actually did show up for his weekend drills. I suppose Bush feels he owes his endorsement to his one time opponent, the guy he and Karl Rove dished dirt on to win over the narrow minded South Carolinians in 2000. A vote for McCain is still a vote for a continuation of Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld and Corporate America's sell out of the Middle Class. Politics still make for strange bedfellows.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |

    President Bush's endorsement of Sen. McCain is a "kiss of death" for Sen. McCain in the General Election.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  136. John

    President Bush is dispised around the country and endorcing McCain will reduce McCain's voters giving Hugabee a chance to win some delgates.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  137. Shane

    It won't matter either way. Nobody cares about what W has to say anymore.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  138. brad

    last nail in the coffin for gop in 2008

    February 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  139. amado




    February 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  140. J. Gallagher

    President Bush would not know a "true conservative" if he fell over one. Why would anyone trust anything he says?

    February 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  141. Dan Shipman

    I think that president bushes support will help mccain in the fall because of his 30 percent approval rating. By now it is apparent that the only ones still supporting bush are the furthest right of the conservatives, and these are the votes mccain needs to "unite" the republican party.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  142. Bruce Marshall

    Jack I hope to see President Bush and Dick standing on each side of McCain you can't buy that kind of an ad if your a Democrat. Talk about the toilet if they try to help all we will have to do is flush.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  143. Zach, NJ

    I believe that a President Bush to Mccain endorsement will not help John Mccain's campaign because of the current situation our country is in. Inflation is high and our president does not even have a 33% approval rating. I a failing president endorses a candidate, I do not see it doing much good for John Mccain and his race for the Republican nomination.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  144. Landon P. Proctor, College Station, TX

    John McCain is not going to be hurt or helped by President Bush's support. McCain will do everything he does on his own merit. The Republicans know its time for a change and the independent voters will not not hold anything against McCain just because of support from someone, even if it is the current US President.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  145. DisenchantedWithPolitics

    Support from Mr. Bush can only hurt McCain. The main republican base has tired of his leadership, and his approval ratings show it. Likewise, independents are not looking for another Bush, and by accepting support from Mr. Bush, McCain, in their eyes, aligns himself with the current President. Dangerous ground. McCain would be wise to say: "Sir, with all due respect, keep away"

    Atlanta, GA

    February 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  146. Mat (Cleveland, OH)

    Considering the "conservative" spending that the president proposes in the coming fiscal year (3.1 trillion dollars), I don't think that the conservatives would take his words seriously even if he were a well-spoken man.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  147. Bree Abernathy

    Simple, Jack: it won’t. Conservatives are so fractured right now that for every one person who even cares that Mr. Bush supports McCain, there are two who don’t support McCain and two who don’t support Mr. Bush! I think the more salient question is ‘How will John McCain embrace or ignore President Bush’s support and how might THAT unite or further split the Republican party's support of McCain?’

    Bree A
    Indianapolis, IN

    February 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  148. Robert

    Bush's endorsement will hang like an albatross around McCain's neck through Election Day. I couldn't wish a better campaign gift for the Democrats.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  149. Dominick Amendum

    If we're looking for another president who will lead us to an under-planned, under-thought, and poorly executed war; unbalance the budget; trigger recession; remove our constitutionally guaranteed liberties; and have approval ratings that resemble Britney Spear's parenting ratings... then we should take Bush's endorsement very seriously. If, however, we are hoping for someone to restore the United States as a world leader; fix the economy; bring peace and safety; and, most importantly, show the world that we are willing to end fear mongering and aggressive tactics worldwide... then we should not turn to Bush to identify that person.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  150. Tia, Eugene Oregon

    The extent of President Bush's "endorsement" will lie only in the core conservative base, who is clearly still skeptical as to who the true conservative candidate is. This core group consist of the die-hard Republicans who still believe that Bush has been a good President, and are looking for a Republican candidate to carry on that legacy. As far as I think, Bush's semi-endorsement of McCain will have no effect on the general public, and is more a joke than anything. John McCain as the "true conservative candidate"?! You have to be kidding me!

    February 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |