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February 18th, 2008
03:52 PM ET

President Bush’s role in McCain’s campaign?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

John McCain is facing a tricky decision when it comes to how much he should, or shouldn't, use President Bush in his campaign.

The New York Times reports that McCain's advisers will ask the White House to send the president out for major fund-raising, but they don't want him to appear too often by McCain's side. This has a lot to do with President Bush's terrible approval ratings which are hovering around 30.

The position is a difficult one for McCain. He needs to figure out how much he wants President Bush out there to try to get more support from conservatives while at the same time not alienating independents and moderate Democrats.

This probably means the president will make solo appearances before evangelicals, campaign where there are important House and Senate races, and attend big Republican fund-raising dinners.

However, in response to the Times story, McCain said he'd be honored to have the president's support and "to be anywhere with him under any circumstances."

Nevertheless, all this is not lost on the Democrats. They're already linking McCain to President Bush, calling it a "Bush-McCain" ticket that would be like giving President Bush a 3rd term.

One adviser suggests it would be a bad idea to keep Mr. Bush too far away from McCain since he's still popular with the base, saying that would be similar to what Al Gore did in 2000. Some Democrats say part of the reason Gore lost that election was because he distanced himself from President Bill Clinton, who remained popular among Democrats even though he was knee-deep in scandal.

Here’s my question to you: How much should John McCain use President Bush on the campaign trail?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Patricia writes:
I think he should tie Bush to his side and take him everywhere. With an approval rating like Bush has, this will certainly give the Democrats the edge to win the election.

Nana from Virginia writes:
McCain would do well to remember that seven years ago, President Bush was handed a healthy economy. Next year, he'll hand the president-elect a pawn ticket written in Chinese.

John writes:
I am a lifelong Democrat, but I feel if he avoids using President Bush, there will be a story every day talking about it. He should use him to remind Republicans that he is one.

Nancy writes:
No, he shouldn’t appear with him. If McCain goes too far to the right, he will lose the moderates and independents who will be the voting block that will make the difference in this election.

Gabriel from Birmingham, Alabama writes:
If McCain is smart, he will only use President Bush in the shadows to raise money for his campaign. Any appearances side-by-side would only tie McCain to Bush's unpopular policies and ideals.

Dustin writes:
He could spearhead McCain's efforts to garner support in Africa, as the president appears to be popular there.

Joe from Virginia writes:
Jack, John McCain would be better off getting an endorsement from Drew Peterson. Why would he want to associate himself with the worst president this nation has ever seen? McCain doesn't have much of a chance anyway. In a year from now, you'll see him making commercials for "The Clapper".

soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. David, Tampa, Fl

    If I were McCain I wouldn't use either Bush. He will be counting on independent voters to overcome the negatives that the Republican Party has generated ove the last decade plus years and especially from the last 8 years of this miserable administration. As far as my vote goes, when Bush 2 and now Bush 1 stepped up to extoll McCain's conservative credentials and virtues, they insurred it will not be for McCain who now comes across as just another dishonest politico.

    February 18, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  2. Mike McKibben

    If it were my campaign, I wouldn't even acknowledge that I knew President Bush. Sen McCain probably should only use reference to President Bush on positive issues.............................which will greatly reduce McCain's need to use President Bush at all.

    Mike McKibben
    Lady Lake, Fl

    February 18, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  3. Ted Texas

    I thought he wanted to be elected? Bush's approval rating is in the 30's and you want him to go out and stump for you? Not a good move. But McCain is a rude, wore out old man who needs to be sitting on the front porch watching the sunrises and sunsets with Cindy and leave this high stress job to a much younger man.

    February 18, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  4. Ern

    McCain should steer clear of Bush at all costs! The only thing Bush could do is tighten the noose around his and the Republicans neck.
    Ern In Turlock Ca.

    February 18, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  5. Carmen

    I would not even want to have my name along with a Bush. I am sure that a lot of us don't even want to hear anything either Bush 1 or 2 have to say.

    February 18, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  6. Josh

    Don't even use Bush at all. But knowing John McCain, he would probably use George W. Bush and he will immediately lose the election. Because everybody hates George W. Bush not just in this country, but the entire world hates George W. Bush as well. I would love for Obama to win and for McCain to lose. Baby Boomers had their chance and screwed up royal, it's time for my generation to clean up after the Baby Boomers and maybe save this country as well as the world from Bush's foreign policy of aggression against countries that we disagree with.

    February 18, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  7. Jim Galvin

    I hope he uses both Bushes a lot. The entire Bush family, in fact. Then, after the election, they could all go for a vacation with their Royal "friends" in Saudi Arabia.

    February 18, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  8. Mike Smith, New Orleans

    McCain should probably let Bush work in the background. With Bush's experience winning national elections by handfuls of votes, he could help McCain in Florida and Ohio, and maybe use Karl Rove for some whisper campaigns against the Democratic nominee.

    February 18, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  9. Terry North Carolina

    Jack
    Best thing Big John could do at this point is be his own man and stop depending on these so called endorsements from anyone. George W. Bush and anyone connected with him can only hurt John McCain in his bid for the nomination. John McCain will win this election on his own merits.

    February 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  10. RENEA,PLYMOUTH,MI

    HE MIGHT AS WELL USE HIM AFTER HE VOTED TO GIVE THE TELECOM,S IMMUNITY IN THE FISA BILL. AND VOTED NOT TO CALL WATER BOARDING TORTURE HE CAN USE ALL THE HELP HE CAN GET!

    February 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  11. Joe in VA

    Endorsements are no more than a nice photo op. Thank God most voters are smart enough to think for themselves and not be swayed by endorsements despite the fact the politicians seem think we're all sheep and blindly follow the celebrity of the moment. (Look how much Ted helped Hillary in his home state). McCain stakes his reputation on being his own man. He needs to continue to do so, despite the fact he has his hands full with Huckabee in Texas.

    February 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  12. Bruce St Paul MN

    I think they should be joined at the hip at all times. Let people know how in lock-step they are. Maybe if they are thoroughly trounced in November, the old time supply siders will lose their stranglehold on the party. The Laffer curve is still stupid, no matter how they package it. They want their tax cuts at all costs, no matter what happens to the country. Senator McCain has sold out to the dark side.

    February 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  13. Mical / Mpls. Mn.

    Jack,
    Brown nosing President Bush 1 wouldn't get you a cup of coffee. McCaine still thinks relying on all his "old" friends is going to get him elected. Personally I think he's having a flashback – "Wake up Sen McCaine it's just a bad dream"

    February 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  14. Kevin, Ohio

    President Bush support for McCain will definitely solidify him as a true conservative, and it will eradicate every doubt other Republications have of him as a liberal conservative. At the same time, Bush support for McCain is similar to tighten a noose around his and the Republicans neck which will cost them the general election in November. You have to remember Jack that most Americans are not in favor of the Bushes.

    February 18, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  15. Johnnie

    I don't see where the accomplishments of either Bush would be an asset to McCain's campaign. Not that it really matters. In my opinion, based on the achievements or lack thereof of the current Bush administration, I think McCain is a throwaway. In reality, Iraq and the current state of the economy is most likely to ensure that a Democrat will be elected.

    The most that the Republicans can hope for is that Obama will be elected. His inexperience will probably ensure that his four years in office will be a catastrophic failure and ,as a result, sweep the Republicans back into power in 2012.

    February 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  16. Thomas, Tallahassee FL

    I'm sure an injection of Bush into his campaign will attract all those independents from Obama's side. Yes, that was sarcasm.

    February 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  17. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    John McCain, from all outward appearances has sold out his principles to become President. However, UNLIKE any U.S. President in most voter's memory he knows the true meaning of sacrifice. So, the question is: Has he sold out as it seems to us all, or is he pretending so that after he's elected he can have the treasonous scum that's inhabited the Whitehouse for the last 7 years put behind bars, tried & executed as they deserve?

    February 18, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  18. Evan FL

    He should read Bush's lips and not even use him.

    February 18, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  19. W B in Las Vegas

    Jack,

    I think no matter how hard John McCain tries to distance himself from George W Bush during the campaign, "McCain continuation of Bush policies" is all anyone will hear this fall. wonder how many times we will see "The Hug" in Democrate commercials between now and November or hear the phrase "Bush-McCain"?

    February 18, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  20. karen marathon key, fla

    jack, when i saw the news clip of mccain and bush sr. i thought i was watching an ad for a snake oill salesman convention. a thought also came to mind when i watched this news clip, "DON'T DROP YOUR HAT PARTNER I DOUBT IF WE WILL RIDE THIS TRAIL AGAIN!!"

    February 18, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  21. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    I hope McCain calls upon bush (no capital letter, he lost that privilege a long time ago) frequently. The more he does so, the better the chances that Obama will win the election.

    February 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  22. Keith from Irving, Texas

    McCain should use him as much as possible, Jack. Let him remind Americans of what "W" has done for us over the past 8 years at every opportunity he gets – Trillions in debt, an illegal invasion followed by 5 yuears of inept leadership – a Depression, etc..

    Use Bush Sr., as well. Nice guy, but ineffective president, just like the son.

    McCain will just make it easier in November for Obama.

    February 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  23. J.D.

    It doesn't matter whether McCain uses him or not. We've got the photos. Smooch, smooch!

    February 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  24. David Richards

    John McCain can't rally the conservatives without President Bush and he can't win the general election with him. It's one of those damned if he does and damned if he doesn't situations.

    February 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  25. Roy P

    It cannot hurt him. Bush has gone 7 years without a plan. If you add anything he has to offer to McCain's plan, you would still have nothing. Oil price fixing and futures hedging is easy when you control the supply.

    February 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  26. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If McCain uses Pres. Bush on the campaign trail it can mean only one thing, Jeb Bush will be McCain's running mate.

    February 18, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  27. DON, MICHIGAN

    Hi Jack. I sincerely hope Bush campaigns for McCain like MAD! What a better way to make sure Bush II (McCain, the warmonger, McCain, the man against health insurance except for the wealthy, McCain, the man who wants to bomb Iran... and on and on... ) will never be elected! What a happy day!

    February 18, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  28. Gordon from Flemington, NJ

    Yes. Anything to remind voters that McCain says he plans to do most of the same things Bush did over and over again, somehow expecting different results.

    February 18, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  29. Tom Huntington,NY

    He should use him a lot if he wants Bush's third term.

    February 18, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  30. Dylan from Davenport, IA.

    If he wants to appeal to the 15 or so people who still like Bush, then he should use him as much as possible. If he wants to appeal to the sane people in this country... well it's too late. We've already gone to Obama or Clinton. It's easy enough to sum it up. Bush = The Past. Nobody wants us to go through the last eight years again. Especially not the rest of the world.

    February 18, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  31. Bill, Quarryville, PA

    Jack if I was him and felt like I needed support from a Bush to help get the religious right's support, I would pick senior over Jr. If he picked junior and goes on the campaign trail saying that he is in favor of the war in Iraq and would keep troops there for years to come, he might put smiles on the religious right's faces but he also would lose an election. It would look like a clone of Jr. running for reelection . If he wants to be setting in the oval office next year using junior support on the campaign trail is not the way to go.

    February 18, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  32. James in Cape Coral,FL

    Jack,
    Does it really matter? McCain has alligned himself with Bush in almost every failed policy over the last seven years. Weather or not Lord Bush joins McCain on the campaign trail is inconsequential. Americans are smart enough to know where McCain stands and it's usually right next to Bush. You only have to look at the voter turnout between the two parties to see that. Bush might be popular with the GOP base but they aren't the majority anymore. A new day is dawning and McCain is a relic.

    February 18, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  33. Donna

    He should use them alot! We sure don't need another 4 years with a Bush Clone. So what better way to remind everyone in November how bad it has been these 8 years than to have Bush campaign for him!
    Donna
    Wisconsin

    February 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  34. Joy-Morrisville, NC

    Bush 41' isn't going to help on the campaign trail. His endorsement will help McCain with the GOP but not the election. I have great admiration for McCain's contribution to his country, but his views are hard to understand with all the flipfloping he's managed to do. The American people are worn out with the Bush administration, and if you can believe McCain now, he doesn't offer anything different. There's not a Republican that I can name that would help McCain, not Bush 41' and for sure not Bush 43'. Another 100 years in Iraq was all I had to hear, that did it for me!!!!!!!!!!

    February 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  35. john

    STAY HOME.

    February 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  36. Tom

    Let's see. George Bush 1 was run out of office because "He just didn't get it." George Bush 2 has proven he just doesn't get it either. The Bushs' don't seem to be the gene pool that John McCain should be tapping into for support. But then again, if the only policy John can come up with is someone elses failed policies to support, I guess he doesn't get it either. John is pretending like America doesn't remember history.

    February 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  37. Mischelle from Illinois

    "W" knows that his endorsement would be poison for the Republicans chance of winning the White House again. It is best that he keeps quiet, and I am sure that John McCain doesn't want "W" to back him, the annomosity goes way back to 2000. Too difficult to overcome.

    February 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  38. mike studders

    the present president bush? most of us would question his mental state!

    February 18, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  39. Raymond Ito

    Even if President Bush is a two-edged sword to McCain, he's still an indispensible tool for galvanizing the conservative evangelical base which McCain desperately needs to solidify his conservative status.
    The public endorsements of McCain by 41 and 43 are spins to draw in hard-care conservatives while on the other hand to continue the Bush's political dynasty even if McCain answers another name – killing two birds with a stone.

    February 18, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  40. Les Young

    I really think McCain only chance in the General Election is forget either Bush's help. The Dems would love a chance to tie the Bush's to McCaon I think how things turn we are going from two draft dodger like George W. and Dick Chainey to a true American like McCain.

    The old Okie

    February 18, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  41. Joel New Brighton MN

    If John Mc Cain can make good use of President Bush's support. He's got my vote.

    February 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  42. Terry, Chandler AZ

    I would advise Sen McCain to take every opportunity to connect himself and his presidency with that of George Bush. Any photo op...do it. Use the Bush name and legacy in every speech. Make it well known that any difference of opinion between he and the president are now history. Let the love show.
    From,
    Sen. Hillary Clinton

    February 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  43. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    McCain should tell Bush to get lost among other things. The way that Bush and his people treated McCain in South Carolina in 2000 was way beyond disgusting. If it was me,I would punch Bush in the nose.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  44. jason Cambridge, OH

    Considering the current president's low approval rating, not very much. If I were running for president on the GOP ticket I would probably not mention him at all. Who is this "base" anyway? Do they not watch the news or read books like" It's Getting Ugly Out There" ? Bush 43 is guilty of more violations of the Constitution and more misuse of power than any president in history. Not what you might call a role model.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  45. Jed from Chico, CA

    The people who support GWB are the same staunch conservatives who will vote for McCain no matter what. At worst a few of them might stay at home or vote for a 3rd party on Nov. 4th (though I seriously doubt they'd risk a Democrat in the White House by doing that.) Like nearly all recent elections the battle will be fought and won among the moderates and independents, many of whom have a bitter taste in their mouth from the lies, secrets, mistakes and wrongdoings of Bush 43. In the end McCain should make it very clear to voters that his administration will be McCain-1 and not Bush-3.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  46. Jamie, NC

    Jack,

    I don't know if anyone has told McCain this or but people don't really like mr. Bush that much these days. If I was McCain I wouldn't wont my name mentioned in the same sentance with the name Bush. I guess McCain will find out the hardway when he loses big in the general election.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  47. Chris J

    Big Mistake McCain! Did you forget that "Nucular" Bush has a horrible approval rating? Anyone who has a brain should know that if you live with Bush, you are going to Die with Bush. Bushes support of McCain will surely kill his chances at the presidency. Church

    February 18, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  48. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    As much as possible. I really want a Democrat in the White House.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  49. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, if McCain wants political suicide,then he should have Bush travel with him on frequent trips! It probably doesn't matter since John McCain is a Bush protege who will keep us in Iraq for 100 years while our country,s needs Go to Hell!

    February 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  50. Ben from D.C.

    He should use it as long as he doesn't mention taxes.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  51. onenibble

    JACK! , McCain should not use George Bush for support, After all George has almost destroyed the country. McCain should have a message of HOPE. This would help him win independants.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  52. tom

    bush Sr. was the one behind Jr. and how did that turn out? need i say more???! TOM MARION,il.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  53. Gary in North Carolina

    Jack,

    Does McCain want to win? Or put differently - everybody now "Four more years!" Hooray-not.

    Gary

    February 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  54. RONALD HOLST

    Jack well I guss that will prove to the Amreican People Just how much We could Trust MCcane If He fills he needs to use Bush to Me that shows any This countty what poor judgment He has . So al I can say Is Hay geroge Hes went that a way.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  55. Jim Hoffman

    Take him on the tour because he, like McCain's mother and Wilfred Brimly, make McCain appear younger!

    February 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  56. Kathy Wilkins

    I agree totally! McCain needs to stay as far as he can from the Bush Whitehouse. Just seeing McCain being endorsed by Frmr Pres GHW Bush left a bad taste. If McCain wants the Independent vote or the GOP that are not behind the Bush Whitehouse, he needs to steer clear. The further away the better. If McCain would come out and state his disapprovals with how the Bush Whitehouse has been, it might help his cause.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  57. Venus

    INo more than Hillary should depend on Bill for support. Bush's son is a deterrent to the McCain race. Too many negative family ties.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  58. Rory Gordon

    McCain should absolutely use President Bush as much as possible on the campaign trail. What better way to encourage a landslide victory for Barack Obama this November?

    Rory;
    -Charlottesville, VA

    February 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  59. Seth Shotwell

    Jack,

    Involving Bush in the campaign would be like making Brittany Spears the spokesperson for responsible parenting. If he's smart, he'll avoid Bush like the plague and run on his own merits ... whatever they may be.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  60. Afia Bella-Bella (from SC)

    Jack, since I proudly support Obama, I say great, take him on the trail. It will help bring about the change that Americans are so desperately looking for.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  61. Ismael

    Come on Jack, we all know that President Bush is months away from being kicked out of the Oval office and having a little spotlight wont hurt! Although, Bush, McCain and his mom, will seem like an old episode of Golden Girls.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  62. Mary C. McKenna

    McCain and Bush should be Siamese twins on the campaign trail. I want Obama (or Hillary) have as many opportunities as possible to stand out from the many failures and disgrace of the last 8 years. The "straight talk express" couldn't have become more twisted with McCain's flip-flop on torture. McCain is one sad individual.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  63. MIKE ADKINS,CHARLOTTE,NC

    he should use george w bush as an example of, what NOT to do. other than that, he better stay a country mile from bush at all times if he wants to have any hope of not losing by a landslide.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  64. dick camden, nj

    he should only use President Bush when it's crunch time just before
    the election Mc Cain will need the power of the oval office to beat Hillary Clinton.

    dick camden, nj

    February 18, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  65. Bob

    I've got a good refrain for the Democrats..."A vote for John McCain is a vote for Bush. FOUR MORE YEARS!" I welcome plagarism by the way...go for it Obama.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  66. Brent J. Cohen, New York, NY

    If McCain has ANY desire to win the general election he must keep at least an arm's distance from George W. The Democratic primaries show that the Democratic Party is in full-swing with record turnouts in nearly every state. In order to win, McCain needs independent voters to help him. Campaigning with George W. Bush will all but destroy his chances from getting those independent voters, thus ending his presidential hopes. Jack, my question to you, would you want the president with the lowest approval rating IN HISTORY campaigning for you?

    February 18, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  67. Allen, Hockessn, DE

    I hope McCain uses every word and video image of W. he can get of our fearless leader. I feel it can only help.

    I plan to vote for the Independent or Democrat which I feel will be the right person to help this country and this planet recover from 8 years of George W. Bush.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  68. michell

    All the time why not McCain is just going to be Bush #3 have you not heard anything he has said

    February 18, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  69. Ralph

    President Bush is more unpopular than doggy do on the front lawn and McCain needs to stay as far away from him as he can get. But he won't do it because he can't win without the right wing radicals who like the do do. Rick, Yakima, WA.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  70. DAK

    Jack
    So what if President Bush's approval rating is only at 30%; what do you think John McCain's is?? Senator McCain is NOT the candidate of choice for many many people and we feel CHEATED.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  71. Mark

    It makes no difference. McCain will win because once again, we Dems are not running anyone who can win the general election. Hillary is too hated by the media to survive in November, and Obama will implode in the face of the biggest smear ambush in history.

    GWB is pretty much irrelevant now, he has done his damage to the world, but he lacks the power to damage McCain against Dems who are not electable.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  72. Luke

    McCain should use Bush as much as possible!
    The last thing I want to see is 4 more years of Bush. And that is what we will get with McCain.
    We elected a Commander-in-Chief who couldn't even hack it as a National Guard pilot, and had his criminal record sealed, so that it "never happened".
    We sure don't need to elect a President who tried to flunk out of the Naval Academy (graduated in the bottom 5%), but didn't because his Daddy was an Admiral.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  73. Ron Margheim, Hood River, OR

    Jack, We can only hope that they are connected at the hip on the campaign trail! Maybe then people will see that with McCain you get four more years of Bush/Cheney. McCain has flip flopped or sold out on just about every issue to the point that he and Bush are one and the same. As McCain has said, my friends, No You Can't!

    February 18, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  74. Bruce

    Not at all. He agrees with Bush very little other than the war. He was against tax cuts in time of war for the rich with no cuts in spending. He thinks we should take action on global warming. He does not believe in torture. He legislated McCain-Fiengold finance reform. He called evangelical leaders "agents of intolerence. He does not support pork spending. Bush's actions on pork speak louder than his words when republican's controlled congress. Come to think of it, he'd make a great "blue dog democrat.

    Bruce (Las Vegas, NV)

    February 18, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  75. Mom with three kids, home in Massachusetts

    Using George H.W. Bush's influence and standing is a smart move for Repub. elephants. Let's leave it at that. Well, my nine year old daughter just completed a report on "Poppy" and there is much to be respected for his incredible WWII and intenational service record (China, Cold War dealings too). His "H.W." stood for hard working too! For fun, on Pres. Day, Did you know that George H.W. is distantly related to Marilyn Monroe and Abe lincoln? He also began first grade at the age of five (wow), and his school days lasted til 6:00 p.m.–This man is smart, interesting, respected and has more depth and breadth than his son (the truth hurts)! Poppy loves stars (used them in speeches and remembers them from atop submarines) and holiday gingerbread cookies too! He'll help Repubs, his son won't and can't with his record! That's from us–democratic donkeys!

    February 18, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  76. Barbara

    JACK, I AM FROM SEBRING, fLORIDA ,
    If I was in John McCain`s shoes, I would not let EITHER ONE of the Bush`s near me, with their ratings in the 30`s. John McCain is a Hero, Yes, but there were other Hero`s also, and the people should wake up to the fact: Our boys and girls are dying over in the East in a War that should never been started in the first place,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,He is another Bush in the White House, but I do not beleive he will win at all! The people want
    CHANGE----------OBAMA has given us Hope and will talk to our enemies not try and change the enemies ideals` and religion., their wars` in the East have went on for thousands of years and will continue when we leave there!

    February 18, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  77. Bill, Virginia Beach

    The Republicans will pull out all the stops to defeat Obama, just as they will if Clinton gets the Democratic nomination. George 1 and George 2 will attack the opposition as visciously. You can also be sure that Carl Rove and Dick Cheney will be in the fight. Condi Rice will be there to bring in the black vote.

    The Republicans will do everything they can to flim flam the public into believing that Republican's have not caused massive debt, have not bloated the Federal government, have not threatened our personal freedoms, and did not fail to prevent terrorism before it happened in September 11, 2001. Ask them how much of the U.S. National Debt was caused by George 1, George 2, and Ronald Regan. They will not take accountability for this, either.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  78. Chris in Oshkosh, WI

    If the DNC was smart (wishful thinking) they'd hang Bush around McCain's neck like an albatross. Every ad would end with an image of John and George giving each other a hug.

    February 18, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  79. Erin

    Out of respect for the republican party, McCain needs to use Bush. Can you imagine McCain saying to him 'no thanks, I don't need your help, because quite frankly, you're no good...' That seems ridiculous!! Not to mention, someone out there must like Bush, he was elected prez twice!!
    Although, if I were McCain, I would hold off on any co-appearances for awhile (a long long while). Just let Bush go raise money, he's good at cheating people out of their money.

    Charleston, SC (but true Ohioan!)

    February 18, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  80. Dawn (Las Vegas, Nevada)

    I would use him for fund raising. If he uses him in the actual campaign it will give the democrats more ammunition in the general. They already have enough!

    February 18, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  81. Robert W

    None, zero, zip – nadda for support, I think he would do better if McCain had Laura Bush supporting him – she, in my opinion has a much better rating than her husband!

    February 18, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  82. Mark from Cambridge, MA

    Seeing as McCain wants to continue the president's war, and continue the president's tax cuts, I would find it disingenuous if he wanted to distance himself from president Bush the person.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  83. Joseph Mills

    I hope Bush and McCain walk hand in hand all though the country. It will prove just how bad McCain will be for America and the World.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  84. virginia

    I would stay away Mc cain, run like president Bush is bad gas.

    vee

    February 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  85. John

    I am a lifelong Democrat, but I feel if he avoids using President Bush, there will be a story every day talking about it. He should use him to remind Republicans that he is one.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  86. Jeff

    Senator McCain should use President Bush as much as possible. It's the best thing he could do for the democratic party!

    February 18, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  87. stacy

    Hi Jack,If John McCain uses president Bush to much he is almost certain to be seen for what he is a war mongering bully just like our current president if John McCain becomes president he will certainly finish what Bush startedand it will be the end of America as we know it.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  88. Nancy J

    No he shouldnt appear with him. If McCain goes too far to the right, he will lose the moderates and independents who will be the voting block that will make the difference in this election. Obama is already stating that "Electing McCain with be the same as a third Bush presidency." Steer clear of appearances with Pres. Bush. Let him raise money for McCain. Just my opinion.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  89. Adam S.

    If McCain really wants to be elected, he will only use Bush to get the cunning Karl Rove back in the business to scam his way into the White House. Bush is only popular among awkward conservatives, and having him try and move anybody else to vote for McCain is deadly. If Obama wins the Democratic nomination, the election will go to whoever can persuade independent voters. If Bush pops his head into the miss, McCain can kiss those voters GOODBYE.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  90. Jim from Virginia

    As a Democrat, I'd say McCain should use Bush as much as he can.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  91. Lucky James Scoles

    Are you kidding? I want Barack or Hillary to win, so McCain should use Bush as much and as often as possible. The more the better!

    February 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  92. Doug from Seattle

    YES! John McCain should definitely enlist the support of Mr. 30%. As a Obama supporter, I can't think of a better way to watch the SS GOP sink in Titanic fashion. And when they appear on the same stage, show the love - a bear hug at every whistle stop.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  93. stacy

    Hi Jack,If John McCain uses president Bush to much he is almost certain to be seen for what he is a war mongering bully just like our current president if John McCain becomes president he will certainly finish what Bush started and it will be the end of America as we know it.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  94. Richard Langsam

    President Bush close to McCain on the campaign trail?
    About as close as poison ivy.
    Richard
    New York New York

    February 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  95. Katie-Rochester, MN

    Heh...How much should John McCain use President Bush on the campaign trail?? Some would say not at all, because let's face it...with Bush's new approval ratings -or lack there of- those who oppose McCain would have a hay day! If Bush were to be an integral part of McCain's campaign, It would be interesting to see McCain try to dig his way out of the giant hole that his current Republican ally his dug for him. With the support of Bush, McCain would fall flat on his face. I guess I have to say, go for it McCain!! Use President Bush as much as you'd like!

    February 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  96. LC MN

    I think Bush out to be in every McCain photo op. They deserve each other. Where was McCain the past 7 years when all these disasters were happening?????????

    February 18, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  97. Bob

    George W. Bush should be at every McCain campaign event. Mr 30% could introduce McCain by telling the American people why he invaded Iraq, why he is violating the civil liberties of Americans, and how McCain would be the most likely candidate to be just like him.

    Brookings, SD

    February 18, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  98. Becky

    I would like to see Bush alongside McCain as much as possible!!!

    As an Obama supporter, You can guess why.

    Becky
    Tennessee

    February 18, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  99. Ryan

    Jack,

    I believe that McCain should take Bush with him all the way, so that true colors can be shown and it will be made clear that it in fact will be a third term for another Bush (Bush supporter). Our country has suffered enough through their regime. It's time for a real change, not some masquerade of the same President over and over.

    Ryan Smith, Az.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  100. Jim, Honolulu

    Since the nomination is almost a done deal, and the party's "base" (read radical right wing) did little to help him get there (and in fact actively worked against him), McCain doesn't need to use Bush. In fact, he should distance himself as far as possible from this horrible, unpopular president. His only hope for beating Obama is to solidly position himself in the middle, and steal a few votes on a "change" theme, and the president will not help either effort.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  101. Mary

    MCain is another Bush Presidency. Besides you guys in the media are so "in love with Obama," that McCain doesn't have a chance.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  102. Craig Vale

    Jack;
    McCain should use Bush every single day ! He can have him empty the trash from the " straight talk express bus" . It seems to be always full of garbage !

    Craig & Bobbie Vale
    Orange City FL

    February 18, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  103. Sandy

    The President should stay home this campaign season. We simply can't afford the fuel bill for taking Air Force One skipping across the country to raise money for the GOP. We also can't afford the Secret Service overtime. He needs to do his share not to drive us further into debt.

    Sandy
    Tampa

    February 18, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  104. Axel

    As a Democrat and an Obama supporter, I would say McCain should happily accept Bush's endorsement. And he should adopt all of Bush's policies as his own. And pledge to keep up the good work that Bush has been doing. That would really destroy his chances in the general election. Therefore, in short, if you are someone who wants McCain to win, you should hope that he keeps Bush as far away from his campaign as humanly possible.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  105. Gabriel in Birmingham Alabama

    If McCain is smart he will only use President Bush in the shadows to raise money for his campaign; any appearances side-by-side would only tie McCain to Bush's unpopular policies and ideals.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  106. dick pressman

    never- never- never- never-never

    February 18, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  107. Vicky

    Senator McCain should use President Bush often in his campaign as he does still have a high rating within the Republican Party loyalist. There is a risk of alienating the independent and moderate Republicans but this is a new election and a new administration. After all, the U.S. Congress which includes these Senators running for the White House do have a lower ranking/rating than President Bush. So, there really not much to loose using the President in fact he may pick up some points.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  108. John Burciaga

    He can make either Bush visible in his campaign at his peril. Both are losers, but we found out about the first one sooner; the second one miraculously got another chance to make our country worse. McCain needs to make a big break from the Bush family and chart his own course or he'll be another also-ran in American history.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  109. James West Deptford,New Jersey

    IJack, think he should un very fast in the opposit direction. McCain is trying too hard to win over conservative, he doesn't get it, conservatives are out, we have had enough of them.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  110. Greg W, Black Mtn. NC

    Jack,
    all Poppy Bush does for "Gandpa Munster" is confirm to the American people that a vote for McCain is simply another four years of miserably failed Bush politics. I am an unaffiliated voter in NC but I'll re-register for our May-6 primaries so I can vote for Barack O. Another four years of war, failed foreign policy is something I don't want to have to suffer through. Give me liberty form Republican Nonsense NOW!
    Greg
    Blk. Mtn. NC

    February 18, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  111. Sal Trabanino

    President Bush should be used like many poisons: In small doses, certain poisons can help your health; in larger doses, they will kill you.
    We've had a poison in large doses for the past 8 years, and it's killing us.
    Sal
    New Orleans

    February 18, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  112. Alvena, Paducah, KY

    How much? A lot, if he can drive a bus.

    Alvena, Paducah, KY

    February 18, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  113. Ash Clemson S.C.

    He should. why not guarantee a Democratic White House?

    February 18, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  114. Shad Sambu

    I think a lot. W. Bush is a true Compassionate Conservative. I believe this will appease the Republican's conservatives as well as the entire party.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  115. Tom from Redington Beach, FL

    I hope and pray that McCain drags GW around like a show pony and lets him expound upon all the success in Iraq......never mind that Iraqi body parts continue to fly on the evening news. It amazes me what this administration has gotten away with..............sure, go ahead and run GW for a third term with McCain and you'll see the largest democratic landslide in US history.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  116. Tonya

    Follow him as close as possible. Mccain being 71 and on a campaign trail, may need resuscitation from all the excitement going on.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  117. Eliza from Flushing, Queens

    This is kind of a joke, but since I'm not voting Republican anyway, I think Bush should appear in McCain's campaign as much as possible so he would NOT win the presidency. McCain is completely wrong for the next presidency. Choosing him is like choosing a Bush Jr to run again and dig an even bigger hole for this nation. If he does happen to become the next leader for the United States, then I will declare my complete lost of faith in the American political system.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  118. Joe from Virginia

    Jack:

    John McCain would be better off getting an endorsement from Drew Peterson. Why would he want to associate himself with the worst President this nation has ever seen. McCain doesn't have much of a chance anyway. In a year from now, you'll see him making commercials for "The Clapper" . . . . .

    February 18, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  119. Patricia Morton

    I think he should tie Bush to his side and take him verywhere. With an approval rating like Bush has this will certainly give the Democrats the edge to win the election.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  120. Dr. Nana Nyarko

    McCain would do well to remember that seven years ago "W" was handed a healthy ecomomy. Next year, he'll hand the president-elect a pawn ticket written in Chinese.

    Dr. Nana Nyarko
    Northern Virginia

    February 18, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  121. Dustin

    He could spearhead McCain's efforts to garner support in Africa, as the President appears to be popular there.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  122. John, Lynn,MA

    Senator McCain should employ President Bush in the task of ensuring the top tier of American industry as well as evangelical conservatives that Sen. McCain will continue to work for them. When it comes to media events targeted at mainstream republicans and independents Sen. McCain would do well to distance himself from President Bush as much as possible.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  123. Diane from Kalamazoo

    Oh, he should definitely go for it! Given the American public's sophistication–i.e., let's elect a president because we'd like to sit down and have a beer with him–I'm sure it would work in McCain's favor. As far as I'm concerned, he's as likely to sell himself out in order to garner power as Hillary Clinton. The only candidate I trust is Barack Obama.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  124. Ruth in NJ

    McCain wants Pres. Bush's support. However, the closest he wants him might be in the next room. He will not appear next to him. Smart McCain.....

    February 18, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  125. Gary H. Boyd in Arizona

    Jack - McCain outta use George W. once a week on Tuesday mornings between 8 a.m. and noon since that's when I'm playing golf. Fore.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  126. Noreen from Gulf Shores, Alabama

    I'd LOVE to see McCain use W. in his campaigning as much as possible. America needs to see that they are "two peas in a pod." McCain swears he's going to keep up with all of our current administration's failures – basically, no new ideas and when lightning strikes & they HAVE an idea – it's a bad one! George W Bush campaining for McCain should open the eyes of all independent voters. McCain is just showing us that him & "W" are one and the same!

    February 18, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  127. dot hollis

    Mccain would be smart to use President Bush Zero times.Bush is a looser and will destroy any chances that Mccain has of winning in Nov. This country does not need another Bush in the White House.,8 long years has been enough..
    Personally I will not vote for Mccain even if he was running for dog catcher.
    dot
    Kingwood Tx

    February 18, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  128. Davina Becker, San Francisco, CA

    President G.W. Bush is one of the best fundraiser in the United States. If McCain is looking to raise money, send the President out to raise funds for him. But if we learned anything from this election cycle money DOESN'T matter and if McCain wants to maintain his popularity with the independents, he will stay away from the President and his "stay the course" messaging.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  129. Travis

    McCain needs to stay clear. Bush senior's endorsement was enough. This country is clearly demanding change based on the interest the democratic party is stiring up among independants and moderates. If he wants any chance of winning this election, he needs to show "respectful" separation.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  130. David in Alabama

    It's every Democrat's dream... pictures of Bush and McCain all lovey-dovey. The more they appear together the more people will equate the two. 70 percent of America is sick of Bush and all his shenanigans, lies, and BS. Bush is an albatros that, if McCain allows him, will drag him down under the water never to be seen again.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  131. Johan E.

    It would be unwise for McCain to use President Bush in regions where the Independent vote will be a large factor but he can probably still dupe a few people within the conservative base with his help along with helping with voter turnout in states such as Virginia in the general election, where the democrats may somehow pull out a win.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  132. lura in Pittsburgh

    Jack,
    If McCain truly expects to win the election, he won't have either Bush on his campain trail. Does McCain have any original thoughts and plans to restore America to it's once treasured spot as a world leader and not a destroyer?

    February 18, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  133. Joe in DE

    I hope he campaigns with Bush a lot – it will guarantee a loss. He is danagerousn on 100 years in Iraq and no clue to economics.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  134. stu wichert

    it would remind you of the old adage "birds of a feather flock togeather", the dems would love it. mesa, az

    February 18, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  135. Lee in Iowa

    McCain should have Bush appear with him wherever and whenever possible since he seems determined to continue Bush's failed policies, including waterboarding, staying in Iraq forever and big tax cuts for the rich.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  136. Dustin

    Or.... the President can be put in charge of push polling tactics for the McCain campaign.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  137. Steven

    This may be the moment Mike Huckabee has been waiting for. With people feeling the way they do about the Bush duo, McCain may just fall headlong and unite the base Huckabee has been after.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  138. marty wright

    McCain will need to walk a tightrope. He needs both the base (Bush) and Independants. Without both groups, he won't win. He is old and not as appealing in his speeches and plus entre' is flat so he is really up against it. We also know of many Reps who didn't like his ridiculing of Romney. Regardless of how much McCain disliked/s him, his behavior is sticking and he's lost many Rep's out here because of it. McCain of all candidates should know better!

    Marty
    Seattle, WA

    February 18, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  139. Candace

    John McCain, President Bush what's the difference?

    February 18, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  140. Mitch

    Jack,
    Of course McCain should have Pres Bush on the same stage with him, as often as possible.
    That is what everyone should see: John McCain kissing the lapels of the man that trashed him, his wife and their adopted daughter in 2000.
    Go John, keep on puckering!
    Mitch
    Tacoma, Wa.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  141. Peter de Klerk

    McCain wanting help from Bush II is a very cynical attempt to enlist his help at fund raising. He can't possibly want any part of his abysmal approval rating. Who would really want to be associated with what most Americans consider to be the worst president in U.S. history. Anyways, I thought he was going to run his campaign only on public funding. That's his challenge to Obama. Why would he even need money from Bush's big oil buddies?

    Peter de Klerk
    Pittsburgh, PA

    February 18, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  142. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    McCain should use him everywhere and as often as he can. The more he associates himself with Bush the better the chances of finally getting a competent president who is able to begin to repair the 8 years of disastrous damage we had had to endure. Hopefully, whichever Democratic team gets in, they can fix the country in time for my yet to be conceived great grandchildren to see how great we once were.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  143. John Preston

    I strongly encourage McCain to take deploy Bush #1 & #2 on the campaign trail and appear with them whenever and wherever possible. That would guarantee a win for the Democrats, whoever the candidate might be.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  144. Robin L.

    Since the last thing I want in the White House is another Republican, I think McCain should include Bush in all his campaigns. In fact, I hope McCain goes on the air kissing Bush on the lips! After Sen. Craig's incident, I don't think this is too far-fetched a thought...

    February 18, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  145. Thomas

    He should use him by giving him praise and then a little criticism McCain is Brilliant he'll figure it out

    February 18, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  146. Edward H.

    If John McCain wants a chance in November, he should keep George W. Bush far away. In national politics, Bush is practically radioactive now. This is very different from Al Gore snubbing Bill Clinton in 2000. Al Gore snubbed a president with an outgoing approval rating which exceeded 60%, twice that of George W. Bush. But either way, everyone will realize that McCain is the perfect heir to the Bush monarchy.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  147. Larry, Hamburg NY

    McCain should use President Bush as much as he can. Anything to ensure a Democratic win in November. By the way, where are the ethnic diversities in the Republican ticket, as far as endorsees, let alone the original candidates.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  148. Tami Albright

    I really feel that Sen. McCain should dig into the 2000 election year archives to refresh his memory on the "glowing" comments made about him by the Rove/Bush machine. After reviewing those comments I doubt McCain would be feeling warm and fuzzy about hanging out with 'W' on the campaign trail.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  149. Tonya

    Follow him as close as possible. Mccain being 71 and on a campaign trail, may need resuscitation from all the excitement going on.

    Tonya, Arkansas

    February 18, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  150. Rosalynd Orlando FLorida

    Bush is a liability to McCain period. No matter how you analyze it, fund raiser, campaigner it is bad news for McCain with this guy. Yikes!

    February 18, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  151. B. Chaudary

    McCain must walk a thin line, a line so thin even the most agile acrobat would have trouble. Bush's support will probably bring a few conservatives on board but it will definitely alienate McCain's independent support. However, if he turns away Bush's support he loses his republican base. This point is this is a lose lose decision for McCain and a win win opportunity for the democratic presidential candidate.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  152. Patrick O'Griffin

    Should McCain use Bush in his campaign? Yes

    I'm retired from the Navy, after have served through 5 decades on active and reserve duty, from Vietnam to Iraq I., and I'm spending my remaining days teaching at a university in Cambridge.

    I've had my fill of war-mongers Bush and McCain. I even wasted my vote on Bush in 2000. What a mistake!

    They deserve each other. It is time for a change, and I think that our best bet is Clinton – experience versus expectations. We know what we will get with Hillary, we can only hope for the best with Barrack.

    Either of them will beat McCain, or any other Repulican that makes it through the convention.

    Pat

    Cambridge, MA

    February 18, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  153. Joe

    No way, this could only be bad for McCain, but I am glad it is happening. Those who voted for Bush and would vote for him again will also vote for McCain simply for the sake of conservatism. McCain is going to lose the last inkling of Independent support by siding with Bush on as many issues as he has lately. Bush's low approval is not only due to the horrendous debacle that is Iraq, but his destruction of our economy and politics through a divisive and manipulative rhetoric that never manifests into anything good for the general public, but the elite few and manages to divide the rest of along irrelevant lines. Look at where we are now compared to eight years ago. Eight years ago you could not sell the general public, including many of those to the left, on issues like energy reform, and health care reform, let alone having a black man and a woman as viable presidential candidates. These are givens now, and debating wether or not they are viable issues is irrelevant, they simply are. Yet the conservative movement still wants to focus on old and tired issues like gay marriage / civil partnerships, stem cell research, abortions, and of course my favorite, lowering taxes. No one following Bush can say they will lower taxes, and it will be impossible at the rate of outlandish spending perpetrated by the Bush administration to maintain the current level of taxes. Sadly, this affects all of us now, not just the richest few that are being pampered with tax cuts. The Bush administration financed his policy on the dime of the young who vehemently opposes a strong majority of that policy.

    Joe
    Chicago, IL

    February 18, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  154. Gary

    Since Democrats are already linking McCain with Bush, and will likely continue to do so, I doubt that getting the president involved will significantly weaken McCain's campaign. Bush is a savvy politician and will likely use the opportunity to point out that McCain's differences with him are a plus. These differences show that he is an independent thinker, the president can say, which has always been McCain's appeal to independent and moderate voters.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  155. Dane in Walla Walla, WA

    President Bush is the ultimate catch 22 for John McCain's campaign. If McCain chooses to use him, he can pick up some much needed conservative support, yet at the same time he will end up drawing rebuke and distaste from some of the moderates and independants that have been responsible for getting him to where he is today. If McCain shuns the support of Bush, he can avoid that, but then he is left with very few ways to draw in the conservative support which would be imperative for him in the election. This brings up the question: Who thought it was such a good idea for McCain to be the Republican nominee, anyway? I am sure that regrets are already awash in the undercurrents of the Republican party.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  156. Jordan

    Jack, the last thing John McCain needs right now is George W. Bush, the destroyer of nations, to back him up. Maybe Bush should back Mike Huckabee or Ron Paul, that way it won't mean much of anything.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  157. Richard

    Jack.....McCain would be a little foolish to use George Bush much during any campaign. Let's be honest here, Bush described himself as the 'Uniter'. Instead he turned out to be the 'Igniter'. His pandering to special interest groups, ahead of the interests of the American people, won't go away. Nobody wants more of George Bush, and every poll says so clearly.
    For Mc Cain to be seen as too closely tied to Bush would be pretty much of a disaster. People are tired of war, and of trying to force Democracy down the throats of those who do not want it just so we can have access to their oil.
    Sorry, but it's simply a 'no-brainer'!

    Joe/B.C.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  158. Lee in Iowa

    McCain should have Bush appear with him wherever and whenever possible since he seems determined to continue Bush’s failed policies, including waterboarding, staying in Iraq forever and big tax cuts for the rich.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  159. con in PA

    Zip...Zero...Nada...if he wants to win.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  160. Deborah

    Jack

    Anyone who didn't pay attention when John McCain first started this race may need to hear an endorsement, those who were listening know that he is a Bush clone!! War, war and more war.

    Deborah
    Florida

    February 18, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  161. matt

    not much if he wants to win. All the voters are going to see is a 30% approval ratings for eight years in the white house, and four more standing next to him.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  162. Ken Berg

    I believe John McCain should use the President on the campaign trail at every opportunity. This will assure that a Democrat will win the White House in November.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  163. Grant

    Jack,
    McCain has lost his American hero appeals since he stepped up with his veil comments and attitudes toward Mitt Romney. He has alienated his principles at crunch time in order to get the nomination. He will get this nomination, because he fought hard for it since 2000 but he will not be the next president of the usa. He just comes as this angry vicious man who want to impose his will on the American people. The last thing he wanted to do was to sideline with the Bushes brand name. The American are already fed up with the same old same old divisive politics and the Clinton's are learning it the hard way. McCain as well will pay the price.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  164. Frederick Barrow

    If Sen. McCain wants to win, he should rent the largest ballrooms he can find and separate them down the center. Then, he should have Pres. Bush's fundraisers on one side, and Sen. McCain's rallies on the other with signs on the "rally" side saying, "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"

    February 18, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  165. Sky

    Go ahead and use him. Bush has an extremely low approval rating, and deservedly so. But Congress has an even lower approval rating. Since McCain is a current member of Congress (along with Hillary and Obama), using Bush might actually boost McCain's image, although somehow I highly doubt it.

    Sky in Idaho

    February 18, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  166. Pat Powell

    I don't believe it was wise for McCain to have ex president Bush endorse him, nor is it wise for the present president Bush to do that either. All Americans need to hear/see is the name Bush on any ballot and Ression and War come to their minds. This country was trashed by both of them and we have had a belly full of Bushes!!

    February 18, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  167. Heidi

    Using Bush on the campaign trail would be about as smart as using Bill Clinton in South Carolina.

    Heidi Ipsen
    Iona Idaho

    February 18, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  168. Jim in Oregon

    McCain using Bush on the campaign trail will get the same results as Hillary using Bill , every time Bush opens his mouth , it will be another vote for the other side.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  169. Ellen

    McCain should not use anyone elses speeches!

    February 18, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  170. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    McCain should use him everywhere and as often as he can. The more he associates himself with Bush the better the chances of finally getting a competent president who is able and willing to begin to repair the 8 years of disastrous damage we have had to endure. Hopefully, whichever Democratic team gets in, they can fix the country in time for my yet to be conceived great grandchildren so that they can see how great we once were.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  171. Phil in Wenatchee, WA

    John McCain should go for it! This will guarantee a Democratic landslide of epic proportions!

    February 18, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  172. Matt

    Not much if he wants to win. All the voters will see is 30% approval ratings for eight years in the white house, and four more years standing next to that.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  173. Travissa Hoffman

    I am a life long Democrat and a Hillary Clinton supporter....but if the snake oil salesman Sen. Obama is our nominee I will most likely vote
    for McCain.......please take a poll of those that feel as I do because I have talked to many that feel the same.

    I do not think Sen. John McCain should even mention Bush during this election period. Mr. McCain is an honest man and will do a fine job of protecting this country...he can stand on his own merits.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  174. Annie, Atlanta GA

    Jack,

    As left leaning voter, I have a great deal of respect for John McCain. However, that respect would disappear instantly if he were to use George W. Bush in any way, shape, or form in his campaign.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  175. William Land

    1. If McCain thinks embracing the Bushes will help him, he's wrong.

    2. I am a life long Republican who actually7 supported McCain in 2000, when George Bush and his neocons torpedoed McCain with false stories planted questioning his conduct as a POW. This Bush and his lies about McCain and Kerry ( Both at least served in the Military and in combat followed by lies which took us to war in Iraq has caused me to leave the GOP and register as a Democrat for this election We must end this war now, and if McCain is willing to stay 100 years, the American people are not. We don't need a third Bush term !!!!!!!

    February 18, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  176. Jeff

    I think that if McCain can be assured by President Bush that stumping for John won’t be about himself and his own record as president, then I think it would be beneficial in some parts of the country. If however he behaves like former President Clinton and spends 75% of his stump speech for Hillary talking about himself, then it would be an awful idea. As for Al Gore making a “mistake” by not using Clinton more in 2000, I think his behavior campaigning for his wife in the past several weeks has vindicated Gore on that particular issue, despite some of the other mistakes Gore did make during that campaign.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  177. richard hurt from rochester MN

    I think Mc Cain should appear with W at his ranch this summer posed in front of the delapidated out building, hay bale and tractor where they make the media appear.
    Richard from Rochesterr MN

    February 18, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  178. Tiffany in Alabama

    Let McCain drag Bush around the campaign trail with him, it can only further push the dissatisfied Republicans and Independents to the Democratic side. All the more votes for Hope and Change.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  179. Cy

    If you are a Republican, Never.
    If you are a Democrat, he should be with him at all times.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  180. Dee from Texas

    I don't think Bush would be good for McCain, being that Bush's rating are so low. I think McCain would do better without him. Bush a little bit but no too much.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  181. Phil, Stroudsburg

    I was going to vote for him, but now that Bush jr. is endorsing him, I'm going Huckabee.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  182. JIM LAGO

    zero if he has a desire to win. an endorsement by Bush will
    sink his chance of winning the big lottery.

    February 18, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  183. Mark

    Given President's Bush's track record the past eight years on getting the facts straight, I wouldn't be surpirzed if he endorses Hillary.

    February 18, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  184. Yasir

    I think the temptations to overuse President Bush in his campaign are going to be too great but he has to overcome it to succeed. I think if he starts mentioning President Bush twice or thrice in one sentence, it could be a problem. He should try to restrain himself and limit the usage to once per sentence. That should provide his desired requirement and give a clear signal to the population that he will continue along the footsteps of President Bush.

    February 18, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  185. nancy gregory

    President bush should not be campaign with john mccain. he should be in the white house. taking care bussiness.because this world is all mess up.I am from south carolina.then need to lay of barack obama. because he will make a good president. hillary is not the one for president.

    February 18, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  186. Beatrice

    Having Bush endorse McCain would be great for the Democrats. I hope he does ,

    February 18, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  187. Sharon

    They both are a joke! McCain (Mr. Arrogant #2) needs to wear a picture of Mr. Arrogant #1 over his heart......they are two peas in a pod.
    I respect Mr. Arrogant #2 for his survial during his time as a POW but that is as far as it goes!

    February 18, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  188. Daniel Dugger

    If we could go back in time then my choice for president would be Bill Clinton. Eight years of peace and prosperity. In the nineties I only had to work one job. But for the past six years both me and my wife have been working two jobs. Doing everything we have to do to keep up with this wonderful Bush Economy!

    February 18, 2008 at 6:22 pm |