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May 27th, 2008
04:58 PM ET

Pres. Bush an asset or liability to McCain?

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John McCain has a dilemma of presidential proportions, and that is: how exactly should he use President Bush on the campaign trail?

The president, whose popularity ratings are at record lows, will appear on behalf of McCain this week for the first time since formally endorsing him almost three months ago. Mr. Bush will attend 3 fundraisers over the next 2 days.

The fundraisers will all be in private homes and there will be no press allowed. McCain is expected to join the president tonight in Phoenix. The event was originally scheduled to be held in the Phoenix Convention Center. The Phoenix Business Journal reported that poor ticket sales and fear of anti-war protesters prompted the switch to a much smaller private home.

It's clear that McCain is walking a fine line using President Bush to raise money without alienating too many Democrats and Independents. For example, the only on-camera appearance of President Bush and Senator McCain together is set to happen at the Phoenix airport sometime after 9 o'clock tonight – long after the network newscasts.

McCain has gone out of his way in recent weeks to separate himself from President Bush on Hurricane Katrina, the Bush administration's arrogant foreign policy, and President Bush's out-of-control spending. But on other issues – like tax cuts, health care, and the war in Iraq – the two men are joined at the hip.

Here’s my question to you: Will President Bush be a bigger asset or liability to John McCain’s campaign?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Frank from Phoenix writes:
I can't imagine anyone could be a bigger liability than Bush standing next to you for a photo op. If I tried real hard maybe I could think of someone. Nope. I tried. Can't think of anything worse.

Teri from Palm Coast, Florida writes:
Jack, Bush is an asset to the people that really matter to McCain – the top 2% in income. Money matters, and Bush/Cheney supplied more of it to the rich. They are the ones who want Bush's legacy to continue, and McCain is going after them wholeheartedly.

Allen writes:
John McCain is in big trouble. He needs the money President Bush can bring in, but aligning himself with President Bush will be the kiss of death in November. It will be fun to watch John McCain in this tug of war with himself. We are about to find out just how good a politician he really is.

Jason from Orlando, Florida writes:
He is most definitely an asset to McCain. He should be out there doing all he can for McCain in the general election.
Signed,
Democratic voters

Carroll writes:
The only way the American people can pay back Pres. Bush for what he has done to this country is to not vote for McSame.

Brenman from Melbourne, Florida writes:
Jack, Senator McCain is treating President Bush like a mistress. He wants to receive all the benefits (pleasure) from him but doesn't want to be seen too much in public with him. This shows the true character of McCain. He will do and say anything to become president of the United States of America.

soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    George Bush is a great asset – to Barack Obama, that is.

    Obama's next step is to print a bunch of posters with Bush's face, and a caption below that reads "John McCain 08"!

    May 27, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  2. frank in phoenix

    I can't imagine anyone could be a bigger liability than Bush standing next to you for a photo op. If I tried real hard maybe I could think of someone. Nope. I tried. Can't think of anything worse.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  3. Joe in DE

    With a freind like Buish, McCain does not need an enemy.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  4. Kimmyber, St. Petersburg

    How could a moron ever be an asset?

    May 27, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  5. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Jack,

    Bush’s only usefulness might be a s a fund raiser. If he can do that in a stealth mode, it could help McCain. If he takes a public role in the campaign, it’s only trouble for McCain.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  6. Jason - Orlando, FL

    He is most definitely an asset to McCain. He should be out there doing all he can for McCain in the general election.

    Signed,

    Democratic voters

    May 27, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  7. Terry in Hanover County

    W is a liability to the nation so how could he be anything less than a liability to McCain? When it comes time to vote, McCain's not even on my dance card and "W" is the reason why.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  8. Jayne in NH

    As a person who wants very much to see President Obama in the Oval Office, I would say George Bush is a HUGE asset to John McCain. In fact, I think McCain should use that bear hug photo in all his campaign ads. What the nation wants and needs is 4 more years of George W. (wink,wink).

    May 27, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  9. Jamaal Kansas

    Bush and Mcbush are just the same some times I don't Know which old guy is Running the Idiot Bush or Is Older Brother. It is like Dumb and Dumber.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  10. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Other than raising money for the Republicans, Bush doesn't matter and especially if people just stop and think for a brief moment before they vote because McCain will continue to let our troops die in Iraq, spend billions of dollars over there, push to get the tax cuts for the rich made permanent, and life won't be better under him than it has under Bush. Here are where Ron Paul's words speak loud and clear, "People, Just Think About It".

    May 27, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  11. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    That all depends on how you look at John McCain. If you look at him for what he is and for what he stands for he will be just fine. If you look at the false perception the democrats want to portray like, " McCain is another Bush and 4 more years " he won't do as well.

    The fact is McCain is NO BUSH but having to follow Bush for either party candidate is a daunting task. There will be no magic wand no matter the party to undo the damage the past congresses have caused. The president sets the agenda but congress makes the rules and always has. The president can not enact laws. All he or she can do is veto them and then they may be over ridden by congress.

    We need to look beyond the presidential office holder and watch the congress. They are the ones that are destroying the American way of life. Passing legislation and adding things on to it that had nothing to do with the original legislation. I call them sliders. They slide them by a few million dollars at a time robbing us all blind to pay lobbyists and pad their own pockets.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  12. Douglas -- Rochester, MN

    How could President Bush possibly be an asset to anyone? He has proven himself to be an incompetent idiot. Any candidate that aligns themselves in any way to Bush, or his policies, is doomed to fail in any election. Note: I have hitherto been a lifelong Republican that initially supported Bush, until I realized just how much he was duping the American people with his personal agendas.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  13. Tom in Desoto Texas

    Only Laura and his parents think him an asset. (And Laura has no choice, but deep down we all know.)

    May 27, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  14. anonymous - nyc

    are you serious???!!! A LIABILITY!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  15. Paul from Parry Sound, Ontario

    Bush is to McCain as the albatross was to the Ancient Mariner.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  16. Dave from Veazie, ME

    Jack,

    I think regardless of the role Bush takes in McCain's campaign, even if he doesn't take any role, he's a huge liability. McCain's economic plan is a clone of the policies that have been implemented under Bush, and I think we've all seen how well they work, with the economy being in a recession and all. There's also the fact that Bush, being seen as the figure head of the republicans, has huge disapproval ratings, that means just having an (R) next to your name this fall is going to make it hard to get elected.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  17. Jenny

    Jack,

    The man is a liability to all Americans. Any Republican running for office shold steer as far away from him as pobbible. The only area in which he is an asset is his speeches, he makes McCain look like Regan. I did not hink that there was anyone less articulate than George but McCain can give him a run for his money.

    Jenny Rome GA

    May 27, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  18. R. Allen, MD

    Jack, He's an asset cause in Mccain mind money talks, he's a liabilty because bull chips walk. you get my point

    May 27, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  19. Laura

    The more photo ops the better standing right by that behemoth Air Force One that's sucking up all that gas just for fundraising trips.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  20. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Considering that the majority consensus in this country is that George Bush is the worse President ever, I think he is more of a liability than an asset. In terms of Bush's ability to raise money from the big wigs he has made even richer in the last 8 years, he may be somewhat of an asset in that respect. Overall, though, George Bush got us into a needless war supported by the likes of John McCain. Seeing the CNN coverage of Memorial Day and the stories of the wounded soldiers, it is heartbreaking to see how many lives have been affected by Bush's foreign policy. I don't know how anyone could vote for a continuance of the pain and suffering of the Iraq War.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  21. Jan from Ohio

    Bush is a GI-NORMOUS liability to McCain – as he has been to American's! Everyone tried to tell him that not so long ago to "distance himself from Bush", but he chose to follow Clinton's advise, "I don't put much stock in what the EXPERTS say!" You get what you pay for there, Johnny-Boy!!! Good LUCK with this one!!!

    May 27, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  22. Andrew from IL

    Jack it's hard to belive that anyone with a 71% disapproval rating could end up becoming an asset. The more McCain gets together with Bush, the more likely people will compare them and see McCain is running for that 3rd Bush term.

    P.S. Did you know Bush's disapproval rating is John McCain's age?

    May 27, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  23. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    Bush is actually an asset for McCain financially. Bush and his Oil buddies, along with Cheney, have done well in the oil industry in the past seven years. They know where the money is and who can contribute to McCain to keep the corporate welfare gravy train rolling.

    The trick will be when Bush tries to support McCain on national tv and they tell him only if he wears a Reagan mask.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  24. Cash, Alabama

    GW is an asset to big John McCain down here in the southern tier. He is our man in town !! Help him out GW !!

    May 27, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  25. Lori in MI

    Bush hasn't been an asset his entire life.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  26. Dave in Maryland

    Silly question... Bush is a liability to America... McSame is an American... Bush is a liability to McSame!

    May 27, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  27. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    (bush always appears in lower case. He has no right to a capital letter in his name. )

    Having a sitting president, even a horrendous one like bush, behind you is always an asset. bush can manipulate the press and can bring huge numbers of voters to McCain. He can, and has continually over the last eight years, destroy any attempt by congress to get anything done all the while complaining about 'those divisive Democrats in congress who block everything'! Rove and the gang are formidable propagandists, and all are at McCain's disposal.

    Of course bush is an asset as far as getting McCain elected goes. God help us all.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  28. Raj, Toronto

    Are we really still discussing this Jack, I though around 2004 you guys would get the picture. Those rich people that the president draws in are the same people profiteering from the war, so 4 more years of war is alright with them.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  29. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Jack,
    From the outside it appears that the worst President in American history would do nothing but damage the campaign of whomever he supports. But let's get real! Republicans reelected that man after a four year precurser to the inevitable distruction that would follow him. Not only did they reelect him but alot of them approve of what he's done and yearn for more by supporting McCain. So with the circle of idiots that seem to follow McCain I don't see how George Bush could be anything but an ASS-et. The only bright side is that there are millions more who support real change this time around and we're not buying the usual republican fear tactics.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  30. John in San Diego

    Eight years ago many Democrats thought president Bill Clinton would be a liability on the campaign trail. They were wrong. This year many Republicans think president George Bush would be a liability on the campaign trail. This time they're right!

    May 27, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  31. John from Boston

    Hold on to that picture Jack it might just be the one that doom McSame!

    May 27, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  32. pete

    nothing but a big liability

    May 27, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  33. Tina (Ft Worth)

    Bush is like an anvil around all the Republicans neck. He has killed the party big time. McCain ought to send him his walking papers.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  34. Bruce St Paul MN

    As long as President Bush is addressing the 18 percent or whatever that still think he's ok, he can be useful as a fundraiser. Byond that, he can only do harm. Even without the President as a campaigner, McCain's devotion to the key Bush policies are likely to blow up in his face. If people ever get curious about our reasons for going to war, the reasons for spending 4000 lives, then McCain will have no place to hide. He would have to run as an independent.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  35. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Peter Pan Fairview, Texas:
    -----------------
    For the record, McCain's policies are 90% of Bush's policies. Remember the tax cut for the rich that McCain voted against? Well, now he wants to make them permanent.

    I sure hope I become rich. Then I'd vote for McCain. But until that happens, I'll vote for the Democrats, whichever one wins the nomination!

    May 27, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  36. Jason, Koloa, HI

    There is no simile accurate enough to decribe how big a liability Bush is to McCain. I looked. In fact, Bush has been so bad we should just use his name for other parts of speech. For instance, when a co-worker messes up you can say "you really bushed that up", or when someone cuts you off in traffic you can lean out the window and yell "bush you", to which you'll inevitably here "bush you too".

    May 27, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  37. Anthony (Alexandria, Virginia)

    Asset.

    Listen, the Democrats have no backbone and the majority of us blue collar workers out here know it. Bush had his own pair, and used them while in office. The Dempocrats will need to go purchase theirs from the middle east.

    We welcome Barrack and Michelle Obama in the general election and actually fear Hillary and Bill. Michelle is loose cannon and will show her true colors if her husband is the nominee.

    Please continue coverage of Barrack to assist with our goals in the White House Next Year.

    Anthony

    May 27, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  38. mk, in sc

    How can you have Act 2 without Act 1? The Democratic candidate has all the fuel they need with this photo of McCain-Bush. It radiates nothing but bad vibes.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  39. Staci from Nashville, Tn

    Jack you know Bush is a liabilty to everyone, even to himself. Just look at the economy. I have never dislike someone so much in my life. If Bush a## was on fire, i wouldn't spit on him, to put him out. And if they vote for McCain, it will be the same thing over for the next four years. But I feel it is a asset for all Democrats, because we will win.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  40. John in San Diego

    Jack, the photo of Bush-McCain shaking haNDS – currently displayed on your blog – is going to be the sum total of Obama campaign ads that will be run and re-run ad infinitum.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  41. Ken W

    Walworth WI.

    Hi Jack:

    I Think John McCain should use President Bush as much as possible and be seem with him as much as possible. I say this because this will let the voters see and hear just how much they are alike. McCain says that he's different, but you know what they say about birds of a feather....

    May 27, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  42. Deb from Lancaster, PA

    If McCain were running unopposed, a George Bush endorsement would STILL cost him the election.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  43. T. G. from the virgin islands

    Bush is a liability to himself and an asset to the Demcrats. He could have been a decent president if he hadn't allow his arrogance to cause to prolong the War in Iraq.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  44. Nick - Cary, North Carolina

    The only way McCain can get elected is to raise money using the "Decider in Chief." It seems as though the Republican faithful have been reluctant to let the moths out of their wallets for McCain, so McCain needs Bush to convince the 19% that still think Bush is a Boffo dude that McCain is worthy of their financial support. Once the money is raised McCain needs to emphasize the differences between himself and Bush to the 81% that think that Bush is not doing such a fine job, which should be nearing 90% by then. However McCain truely faces a daunting task. Jesus himself would have trouble getting elected this fall if he ran as a Republican.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  45. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    McCain has shown that he has no integrity or morals. Bush attacked his sanity,his military service and his honor in 2000 and now McCain will let bush raise money for him from wealthy republican donors. It appears that shame has no limits when it comes to money.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  46. Alma (Tennessee)

    BUSH AND MCCAIN ARE TWO PEAS IN A POD! If one doesn't make it, neither does the other one. McCain is arrogantly planning to continue Bush's policies. Wake up America! I don't like the smell of this. He's trying to fool us into believing that Bush's failed policies with his spin on it , will work.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  47. Michael Steuer Bedford N.Y.

    In 2006, when Bush went to Pensacola Florida to campaign for Governor Crist, Crist ran to the other side of the state to avoid being seen with him. McCain should take the lead from his potential V.P.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  48. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,
    The only way President Bush can be an asset to John McCain is if they pair up to compete on the new dancing with the stars T.V. show this fall before the General Election...

    C.I, New York

    May 27, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  49. Greg ...Cabot AR

    Bush can be an asset to McCain if he keeps to the back room, stays under the radar, raises money for his campaign and doesn't expect McCain to follow any of his advice....

    Any other Bush/McCain association is political suicide....

    May 27, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  50. Deb (Bow, NH)

    To McCain – Bush can't help but be a liability
    To Obama – Bush supporting McCain can't help but be asset
    To any thinking American – Bush, and what he's done, can't help but be a disaster

    May 27, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  51. James from TN

    I think he's a huge liability. Here's why, he's had the lowest approval rating in history, he has made numerous mistakes (Iraq being one), and bush represents no change from the last eight years of struggle for most of the Americian people.

    Here's another point i want to make, there's already talk about $6 gasoline by August. I've learned by now if their talking about it their gonna do it, so be prepared.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  52. Conservative Buyer -CA

    McCain tries so hard talking tough against GWBush but then all the hype and credibility of distance from Bush disapears.

    I can't believe how soft the media is on McCain's relentless trail of hypocricy. It might be a false sense of security from media scrutiny or simply careful timing. Whatever reason the media is witholding scrutiny on McCain, we the people are waiting patiently.

    This fundraiser with GWBush is simply another prime example of what a hypocrite McCain is. McCain is going to sleep with the enemy and during the day he tells us it never happened.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  53. Dan, Chantilly Va

    As long as he only uses Bush to campaign in front of the 20% or so people who still approve of Bush, he'll be a great financing asset. Put him anywhere else and he's a liability. McCain 2000 would have kicked him to the curb, McCain 2008 will be doing some more kowtowing. Yet another reason I would have voted for McCain 2000, but won't be voting for McCain 2008.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  54. Anna, SW Missouri

    I think it is pretty clear Bush is a liability to McCain, having to have what was supposed to be open big fund raisers are now going to be behind closed doors, pretty much says it all about Bush! But, give McCain some credit. He has proven that he is his own worse enemy lately. It is his choice to continue the Bush years into a 3rd term. The "Maverick" disappeared a long time ago.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  55. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    He could be an asset to McCain if he promised to wear a paper bag over his head during the photo ops and learned the proper pronunciation of "NUCLEAR".

    We'd all assume that McCain was campaigning with "The Unknown Comic"! 🙂

    May 27, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  56. Mary - California

    Jack – I don't think that George Bush can do McCain that much harm.
    It would seem that McCain has his own agenda and doesn't really pay too much attention to Bush. If he plans to win the Presidency, he really needs to be totally independent of Bush's way of thinking.
    Of course, the really big hangup with McCain is his idea that this Country needs to spend forever in Iraq.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  57. MS from SC

    The Rolodexes pf George H. W. Bush and G. W Bush are the only assets that the Bush Neo-Cons can provide to McCain to try for a win in November. But, the question is "What do they want in exchange"?
    Scary thought, if McCain should win, isn't it?

    May 27, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  58. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    George can probably raise some much needed cash for McCains sinking ship, thats about it. If I was John McCain I would distance myself from George as much as possible.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  59. Teri in Palm Coast, FL

    Jack, Bush is an asset to the people that really matter to McCain – the Top 2% in income. Money matters, and Bush/Cheney supplied more of it to the rich. They are the ones that want Bush's legacy to continue, and McCain is going after them wholeheartedly. He will say or do anything, including using George W Bush any way he can. How will he be able to Swiftboat Obama without all that money? Teri, Palm Coast FL

    May 27, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  60. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "Deb from Lancaster, PA May 27th, 2008 2:45 pm ET
    If McCain were running unopposed, a George Bush endorsement would STILL cost him the election."
    -------------–
    Worse yet, Dick Cheney would probably shoot him in the face, too! 🙂

    May 27, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  61. james hoffman, Prescott, MI

    McBush and Bush are Siamese Twins and are joined at the hip!

    Jim, MI

    May 27, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  62. Marie Ontario

    GW won't be any more of a liability to McCain than will McCain's age and the consequences of this factor.

    Remeber not too long ago poor old John forgot he wasn't supposed to tell everyone the invasion of Iraq was for OIL and had to cover up his assertiion by claiming he was referring to the war over the invasion of Kuwait.

    The Straight Talking Express is now known as the Straight Talking Mess!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  63. AndyZ

    When I think of George Bush I do not think of him in terms of asset or liability. I think of him as a criminal who invaded a sovereign nation for no reason: no WMD, no al Qaeda. And sadly, it appears he will get away with it.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  64. Harry

    Bush can be an asset in the background, via fund raising and providing misleading information about the war to an easily manipulated media.

    Never "misunderestimate" the role of the "decider in chief" in the upcoming election.

    Harry
    Ky.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  65. Ray

    Let's pray McCain is dumb enough to stick with Bush....Let's pray!

    May 27, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  66. Colleen- Charlotte, NC

    Jack: Don't you get it. It doesn't matter. McCain will lose in November no matter what. His 100 years in Iraq will plague him through the election. He doesn't even have the support of the Republican base. Every corner he turns he has resistance to his proposed presidential policies. Having GWB as an endorser would just make people more happy about NOT voting for him in November.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  67. Bill,Al.

    Bush can't possibly affect McCain like the Rev. Wright has Obama,regardless. Bush's polls pale in light of "voting self-Wrighteous politics with Obama."

    May 27, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  68. Annie, Atlanta

    The fact that tonight's dinner was supposed to be in the convention center, but due to poor ticket sales is now at someone's home, is your answer, Jack. I think the American people have had enough.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  69. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Bush will impress only those voters who want the Iraq war to continue indefinitely, who do not mind looking forward to $7.00 for a gallon of gasoline, and want the richer to get richer and poorer get (you know what I mean).

    Thankfully Barr will probably cut into the McCain vote and he will not be burdened by the image of George W Bush.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  70. John from Chicago

    Jack we have been over this before. Most Americans see George Bush as a terrible president. He is a huge liability to John McCain. I am disgusted some people still support him. He has done nothing for average Americans and caused so many problems for this country 2 Obama terms might not even fix.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  71. Alan, Buxton, Maine

    Bush is and has been a liability for all of us and will continue to be a liability for anyone with whom he associates. I hope McCain uses him daily and enjoys many photo-ops leading up to the election. I for one don't want someone who is stuck in the last century as my president.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  72. Brad, Amarillo TX.

    An unpopular war, a ruined economy, refusing to have a realistic energy policy, ignoring the Bill of Rights, torture, illegal prisons, A ruined reputation around the world. A widening gap between rich and poor. What possible harm could GW do to McCain?

    May 27, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  73. Marjorie

    Which McCain are you reffering to, Jack. McCain 2000 or McSame 2008?
    Marjorie
    NY

    May 27, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  74. Adam Mercer Oshawa, Ontario

    Jack,

    McCain can't afford to be too close to Bush. If the economy keeps floundering this election could start to look like FDR coming to save the economy ruined by silly Republicans. The closer McCain sits to the guy who brought many of the policies people want to blame for the current predicament the worse off he will be in November.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  75. John (Topock, AZ)

    Come on Jack, this question is to easy. Of course I think that the President will be an invaluable asset to our senator from Arizona. Of course I am supporting Obama. But why stop with the President doing a little softshoe on the stage for McCann? Maybe McCann can get Rumsfeld and Chaney to hit the campaign trail in support of another 4 years of the McBush foreign and domestic policies. I like it a lot.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  76. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    Liability. ...and you know what the worst part about that is? That John McCain knows it, too.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  77. Herb in Texas

    As long as he can keep in in private homes, away from the media, McCain should use Bush as much as possible. Bush has incredible talent for raising money. And quoting Monty Python, "Don't mention the war".

    May 27, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  78. Scott

    How would they raise funds when citizens need to fill their gas tanks? Unless John McCain is using Bush to get Big Oil money. They are the only ones that can afford it.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  79. Howard M, Bolingbrook IL

    Hi Jack,

    Bush is a little of both for McCain. Bush can help McCain with fund raising, because the base of the Republican Party still hold Bush in high esteem and are will to contribute under his, Bush's name. McCain can barely raise money enough for a box of M&M's by himself. Bush is a liability for all of the obvious reasons no one should continue this madness by voting for McCain.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  80. Jerry Roselle, Illinois

    71 in 08

    Now these are some numbers to ponder over.
    Bush's 71% diapproval ratings
    McCain's age 71

    Republicans, ya gotta love those Lottery numbers!

    May 27, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  81. Louden in Bellevue, WA

    Only time will answer your question Jack.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  82. Chris from NY

    He is so much a liability for McCain whether they are seen together or not. McCain has abandoned the middle man he was while in the senate to embrace the hard line position of George Bush. That is how Bush is tied to McCain whether or not he secretly raises fund for him.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  83. mitch martin arkansaw

    bush has done the greatest thing ever for the united states of america!he has successfully made the republican party ,obsolete.ummm,i'd say liability.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  84. Cynthia

    As far as the Democrats Bush is an asset but a liability to the Republicans. He wants the Bush fundraising capabilities but not all of the negatives that go along with Pres. Bush. Senator McCain, you can't have both ways – everyone is watching you.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  85. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    In McCain's eyes, Bush is 10 ton anchor made of gold. Bringing him on board will definitely help financially but he carries so much negative weight, that it may ultimately sink him!

    May 27, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  86. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Bush will be an asset to McCain with the crowd who want this country to become a theocratic, war-making, third world country. Hopefully those types aren't in the marjority.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  87. PHS in Rhode Island

    Jack –

    Is this a trick question???

    May 27, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  88. nancy from Cape Girardeau, MO

    Duhhhhhhhhhh! A liability! Even my 9 year old son says so. GW Bush is to Obama as Pres. Herbert Hoover was to President FDR.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  89. Stacy from Farifax, Virginia

    President Bush is an asset to McCain for the 28% of Americans who approve of the job Bush is doing.
    As for the rest of Americans, Bush is a liablity with a capital L.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  90. marti thompson

    Jack, you and only you are an asset.. All the rest are 2nd class citizens..

    May 27, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  91. Julie Baigent

    Congress's approval rating is at record lows, too- just a couple of percentage points above the president's, last I looked. But I guess there is no penalty to continuing to associated with Congress men and women. Unfortunately, Bush is a liability more than an asset to McCain, and I think he should continue to distance himself from the man (and he is a very different man from Bush), but not from all of the policies, many of which have wide support among Republicans and Independents.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  92. Prince Kaywood/New Orleans

    It doesn't matter if president Bush is an asset or liability to John McCain. John McCain has all of that covered. Because, if elected John McCain would be a liability to the entire country.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  93. Jeannie Newman

    Major Liability to any Republican running. Bush has done all he can to kill off the Republican party..... now he wants to be paraded around as it's savior. Come on 2009.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  94. Willow from Sheldon,Iowa

    The worst thing for McCain would be buddying up to Bush. However, McCain doesn't have any money. So he is between a rock and a hard spot. I personally hope that McCain and Bush are shown side by side, buddying up every day for the next six months, pinky swearing they'll always be pals.

    Willow, in Sheldon, Iowa

    May 27, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  95. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    John McCain uses President Bush to campaign for him and help to make money for him, but if you look for John McCain he is hiding under the table cause he does not want to be seen with him. So on one hand he is an asset but on the other hand John McCain is talking out the other side of his mouth when he says he is nothing like Bush because of the negative it will bring to his campaign. So to you Jack, I say it depends what day you are asking, on a day when Bush is trying to make money for McCain or tomorrow when McCain throws him under the proverbial Bus!!!

    May 27, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  96. amanda from wetumpka al

    The only thing that could make this even better for Obama is if they both start dancing.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  97. Terri from Virginia

    Unless there is a phenomenal October surprise that turns the tide, President Bush will be a liability to McCain whether they campaign together or not.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  98. Matt Burples

    I don't know.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  99. Paul, NJ

    I'm a democrat and was interested in McCain back in 2000 when he was running against Bush. Now that he sold his soul to the ultra right for the sake of the nomination, I have no use for him.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  100. Mike in St. Pete Beach, Florida

    Calling him an asset is half right.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  101. Michael in Phoenix

    Not if you are Obama

    May 27, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  102. Rich

    I guess liability will have to do. I can't think of a better word I could use here.

    May 27, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  103. G from Connecticut

    Should be used very sparingly.

    May 27, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  104. miko Kansas city

    He is an Asset!! For Obama!! I say he stays by mcbush's side. We need to continue to link those two together. They share the same politics and really it will be another term for bush. A vote for McCain is a vote for Bush.

    May 27, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  105. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    Well he might be able to save McCain a lot of money on airfair. All Bush has to do is make up a reason to go where McCain wants to go and McCain gets to travel for free, all in the name of saving jet fuel.

    May 27, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  106. Tracy from MD

    Currently, Bush is a major liability to McCain. A majority of those that support Bush are likely to already support McCain, so he doesn't need help from Bush in this area. Where McCain needs the most help are those voters that aren't sure if a Republican or a Democrat will be able to solve their economic troubles. Among these key voters, Bush is doing very poorly, so McCain has to tread a very careful line to remain a Republican, yet separate himself from Bush's low popularity.

    May 27, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  107. Stephannie Minneapolis, MN

    Jack:

    Forget the McCain campaign! Bush is a liability to all Americans!

    May 27, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  108. Maggie from peterborough

    People gave Bush a second term so there shouldn't be any reason for them to go against a third Bush term so how could GW's endorsement hurt McCain. The logic for this is simply Bush didn't do anything any different in his second term than he did in his first term and it isn't very likely the same people who re-elected GW will be any smarter just 4 short years later.

    May 27, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  109. Mac

    The only person Bush is an asset for is Saudi Arabia and Big Oil. As such, he can help funnel money into the republican campaign, but if he comes out of the shadows, he will hurt McCains chances.

    May 27, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  110. Diane Glasser

    I think he will be a liability to him but I think McCain will ask for his help and that will be McCain's downfall. Bush hates McCain and unwittedly will
    lend his support thinking he is helping the Republican Party.

    May 27, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  111. Daset from Bowie, MD

    Oh yeah, an asset. Now don't forget about Dick Cheney!

    May 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  112. Susan San Pedro CA

    With a 70% disapproval rating, Bush can only be a liabilty to McCain. Hence, the nickname McBush. I personally hope that Bush spends the rest of his term on the campaign trail with McCain. In doing so, we could be spared further stupid policy-making and incompetence from the Oval Office (oval like an egghead). Secondly, it will only help the Democrats to get the A students back in the White House.

    May 27, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  113. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    There are ways to turn a liability into an asset and this ain't one of them.

    May 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  114. Dilibon Kojak Brooklyn, NY

    Not a simple liability but a huge one. He represents a 20 million pound gerilla on his neck or his face!

    May 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  115. Preston of Denver

    As long as McSame keeps seeking out support from people with track-records like Bush the Dumber and Hagee, I'd say he should keep it up. It practically guarantees a victory for Obama in November.

    May 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  116. Sandi

    He is a wonderful asset for McCain, two great minds floating down the same old path. I will look forward to seeing them both together more often. They really compliment one another, and it makes the election so easy for Obama. It's really sad to think you have to be in the Military to be patriotic. You can really tell people's age by how they ration out some of these things! Can't wait until this election is over, and throw out the old, and in with the new Changes!

    May 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  117. Jim Schuemann

    Name one thing he has done as President that you could tell you children that you are proud of.

    May 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  118. Barbara, Las Vegas NV

    He's the best thing to happen to the Democrats since Herbert Hoover.

    May 27, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  119. ACE-HOOVER, AL

    Bush is an asset of liability for McCain!

    May 27, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  120. Matt

    With Bush by his side, McCain will sink like Bush's approval rating. I think its safe to say that is being a liability.

    May 27, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  121. Lee MN

    Did they kiss and make up or is this just more spin and flip/flop? Things just never seem to change.

    Keep up the good work Jack.

    May 27, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  122. Steve Lull

    As an avid Obama supporter, I'm gonna say ...asset (wink).

    May 27, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  123. Donna

    A liability, I hope. And it is also my sincere desire that McCain holds on tight and lets the human rogue missile that is Bush drag him down in spectactular flames in November.

    Donna
    Woodstock, NY

    May 27, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  124. Naomi Hecker

    Not only does John McCain have problems with other
    Republicans but for McCain to win the Presidency, our
    President , George Bush should not come out of the closet.

    May 27, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  125. RMclonney

    This sounds like such a shady deal, and it sound so backroom. So under the table and so wrong, hiding, sneeking around raising money, double dealing this sound so wrong, and what else wrong is the president has up his sleeve

    May 27, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  126. Ron Johnsrud

    Jack he might be an asset but only under one condition. Remeber the silent majority. A lot of people and little action.If he keeps his mouth shut and avoids the press during fund raisers and becomes a silent majority of one then all we have is speculation on what is going on. Face it, he has been pretty good at hiding or covering the truth for a long time

    May 27, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  127. jerry sira

    I think Bush will hurt McCain but he deserves to be hurt. McCain is agaisnt the Veterans Benefit Bill and drastic changes in health care and education. Has anyone taken notice that McCain is a true Socialist... he was born into a military family in a military hospital, got a free education at the Naval Academy, enjoys a veterans pension, has free health care in the Senate. He is so far out of touch with the real world.

    Comments?

    Thanks, keep up the good work.

    Jerry Sira
    Mandarain, Fl.

    May 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  128. James W. Blevins

    Unless McCain wants to try to fool the electorate into believing that he is different than Bush then he might as well use Bush. Almost 30 percent of the electorate is behind Bush solidly - Pro war/Pro rich. Then with his one liners, he might be able to convince another 20%.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    May 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  129. Dominic Haberman...Hattiesburg,MS

    John McCain has it right. He knows Bush is an asset if he takes the money he can generate from fundraising, but accepts it after dark in an empty parking lot.

    May 27, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  130. John, Tampa

    Jack, the entire GOP is way too tied to President Bush to have a shot at winning elections. Look at what happened in Mississippi in the special house election.

    The only republican who I would consider voting for is Ron Paul. He's the only one with a sense of independence and values.

    May 27, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  131. Lia

    I'm sick and tired of Americans bashing Hillary. She is a good speaker and is brilliant. If it were Obama who had the Florida and Michgan votes I'm certain that they would let the votes count. Americans are blinded by hype and superficial movements. Of all people...students have always been ready to change the world without any knowledge of reality. I like Obama but if he is president America is in trouble because he will not be able to fulfill all the false expectations of him. He is simply naive.

    May 27, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  132. Brandon

    Both. Financially he'll be a great asset but in policy and appeal towards Americans, he'll be a liability. I guess its true; more money, more problems.

    May 27, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  133. John Wilson, CA

    How could Bush, whose approval has plummeted to Nixonian levels, be anything but a liability to McCain? Still, as an Obama supporter, I hope the two will spend every day of the campaign in one another’s embrace — Making it clear just what policies anyone voting for “McBush” is actually voting to support…

    May 27, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  134. john marlton, NJ

    In my calculation, as a Reagan Republican, I have determined Bush is an asset for McCain. How else would McCain get up to a 25 to 30 percent popularity rating.

    May 27, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  135. james

    I am voting for Obama because he seems to be honest. Hillary just wants to be the first woman president, he actually wants to do some good. I would even vote for him if he was a muslim, because then he really would be the right man to bring us to peace in with the mid east.

    james, roanoke VA

    May 27, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  136. DJ (Fortson, GA)

    Why Jack, of course Pres. Bush will be an asset for John McCain.

    He is an (ass et) Foreign Policy, look at Iraq. He is an (ass et) Domestic Policy, look at the economy. And at long last the majority of Americans have noted, by his 71% dissapproval rating that he has been a Total (ass et) the position of President.

    It's time for a CHANGE and Sen. McCain just does not get it.

    Darlene
    U.S. Army (Ret)

    May 27, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  137. Will

    It depends Jack, if John McCain truly wants votes from social conservatives, many of whom still support Pres. Bush, in the general election this fall, then yes absolutely it would be an asset. He needs votes from those Christian evangelicals to win in November, but his relationship with Pres. Bush could also prove to be a liability with independents and disenfranchised Republicans that have reluctantly supported him.

    May 27, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  138. Oneal Wells

    President Bush is definitely a plus for McCain. Most right wing Republicans still support Bush and McCain has to have every one of them to have a chance to win the White House. Linking Bush's policies to McCain isn't going to hurt as much as people think, because Obama still has to overcome the race factor. It's wrong, but I think Bush policies will play a smaller factor with mainstream voters than obama's race.

    May 27, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  139. Stuart Chapin

    The primary-long Obama-Clinton brawl was great entertainment for the Republicans. Now the Democrats are filling the peanut galleries for the Novemnter headliner, whether The Great McCain can make a Bush vanish while he remains inevitably chained to it.

    Pass the popcorn!

    May 27, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  140. Laura - Long Island, NY

    Jack:
    I guess the fact that McCain doesn't want to be seen with him in public says it all. It seems that McCain himselft believes that Bush is a liability, so who am I to argue?

    May 27, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  141. Mark, Oklahoma City

    This is a joke, right?

    May 27, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  142. Helder

    Bush? The guy with a total lack of respect for the constitution and common sense? Oh, I think he'll be a great liability for McCain. But I don't mind. That will just be proof that it's likely McCain, if chosen, would continue on a similar against this country's will and interests.

    Helder
    Somerset, NJ

    May 27, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  143. Paula, Seattle, WA

    Isn't there a movie about those two? I believe it is called Dumb and Dumber!

    May 27, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  144. JoLynn

    Bush is definitely a liability for McCain. Bush should stay away from anyone who wants to run for an office. It is a sad state of affairs when the nation's leader is seen as a liability and not an asset to the country. If John McCain has any sensitivity to the state of the nation and the people within in it, he should refuse to have any contact with Bush.

    May 27, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  145. Sam DePino

    Bush wasn't ALL bad and McCain hasn't completely agreed with him or his dad over the many years McCain has served the USA. McCain needs to concentrate on how DIFFERENT it will be with him as President and how DIFFERENT it will be than with Obama. Obama doesn't even come close to the abilities McCain offers. McCain isn't bluffing. Obama is, mostly out of a naivete. Obama simply doesn't know what he's talking about, what he's facing and what to do about most of the problems the USA faces now and during the next 4 to 8 years. Change? The change Obama proposes would be for the worse. That is, the change he has voiced. No telling what other change he's discussing behind closed doors. Bush showed the world we're not going to take attacks like 9 eleven sitting down. That'll probably be one of few "same" policies McCain will bring.

    May 27, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  146. Tess

    Anyone associated with President Bush has a 70 percent chance of harming their reputation, that's if they ever had a good one. McCain has a bad reputation already, so by being close to Bush maybe they will just be drinking buddies after McCain loses the nomination, and election. If I were McCain I would stay as far away from Bush, or Lieberman, they are both bad apples.

    May 27, 2008 at 6:45 pm |
  147. BobMc

    Wow...

    The fact that Bush is doing his appearance behind closed doors with McCain is very telling. Someone must have told Bush that this is the only way this will work. Makes one wonder...who is Bush answering to?

    May 27, 2008 at 6:47 pm |
  148. Lacy Lady/ IOWA

    Having to go "under-ground" for a fund rally!!! Now that is a First!!!
    They had all best stay there until the Revolution is Over. Don't think I would want to show my face either. We are on the verge of taking our county back!!!!
    OBAMA 08

    May 27, 2008 at 6:50 pm |