October 27th, 2008
05:06 PM ET

McCain on MTP: Shares philosophy with President Bush

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Barack Obama says America is finally getting some straight talk from John McCain. Obama has long sought to tie Senator McCain to President Bush, and yesterday on NBC's Meet the Press, McCain made it easy for him when he said this about President Bush:

"Do we share a common philosophy of the Republican Party? Of course. But I've stood up against my party-not just President Bush, but others- and I've got the scars to prove it."

Admitting anything "in common" with our current Commander-in-Chief is probably not such a good thing for McCain. President Bush has just a 27 percent approval rating, according to a CNN/Opinion Research poll out last week. Seventy-five percent of Americans say they feel bad about how things are going in the country. And over the past eight years, John McCain has supported President Bush 90 percent of the time.

Here’s my question to you: What does John McCain mean when he says he and George W. Bush share a common philosophy of the Republican Party?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Steve writes:
He shares the Republican philosophy of take from the poor and give to the rich. But that’s not re-distribution. Re-distribution is only when you take from the rich to give to the poor.

Richard from U.S. Virgin Islands writes:
McCain just doesn't want to tick off that fanatical portion of the Republican Party. The catch-22 is that he can't win with a comment like this.

Brad writes:
It must mean that George Bush is a "maverick".

Meredith writes:
McCain's shared Republican values are defense of this country against all enemies, value of work ethic, promoting economic growth through investment incentives, being prepared at all times to defend our allies and friends, to prevent the spread of terrorism both overt and subtle, and to not reward those who do not strive to be better. These are the few I can think of right this second.

Jeremy writes:
Essentially it means he shares Bush's view that puts capitalism above humanitarianism. It means that McCain has abandoned every single thing that made him a Maverick and has now conformed to that reckless greed that defines the modern Republican Party. His campaign is every bit as, if not more slimy than Bush's campaign was against him in 2000. In a nutshell, it means that McCain sold his soul for a chance to be president.

Doran from San Francisco, California writes:
The common philosophy of the Republican Party is be divisive, win at all costs, and keep everyone else from succeeding while they look down on the masses. Looks like the maverick, is in step with his party. Shame, shame, shame.

Peter from Long Island, New York writes:
I believe John McCain and George Bush share the same feelings the late, great George Carlin once said: "The rich make all the money, pay none of the taxes. The middle class pay all the taxes, do all of the work. The poor are there...just to scare the crap out of the middle class. Keep them paying taxes."

soundoff (413 Responses)
  1. Brian, Buffalo, NY

    He wants to rule the world.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:12 pm |
  2. Marie Ontario

    In one of McCain's recent speeches he stated that he wouldn't be tested by any foreign powers if he is elected but rather he would be testing these foreign powers and they know it.

    If that isn't war mongering talk I don't know what is and this is just an extension of Bush's rule the world with fear policies not to mention his identical policies on how to handle the economy.

    There hasn't been any significant change from the Bush policies in any of these areas so how can McCain justify any rhetoric that he is an agent of change

    October 27, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  3. Marty

    He means what he says. The same old republican philosophies that have brought this country to it's knees will continue under a McCain administration, to include trickle-down economics and deregulation. I can not believe that there are still a lot of americans who believe that McCain will change things when the policies posted on his website are clearly the same ones used under the Bush administration.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  4. Amber - Austin, TX

    Out of McCain's own mouth, "I voted with the President over 90% of the time – more than many in my party." I don't see how that makes them any different – same same same.

    This country will be destroyed with 4 more years of the same. That, and the population growth in Canada will explode with all of us moving there!

    October 27, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  5. byhen from Metairie, LA

    He means that they are one in the same just like Obama says. They are twins seperated at birth. You know like on the movie Twins. McCain is Danny Devito and Bush is Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  6. John, Winston Salem, NC

    Absolutely! They both think the Iraq war is right, and they both think we are succeeding even when Rice said just a few weeks ago that she wasn't sure if we were going to win. McCain is very conservative when it comes to provide for the middle class and healthcare, but when it comes to war neither him nor Bush hesitate to waste our tax money. Instead of creating more enemies we should be looking for more allies.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:23 pm |
  7. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: It means when McCain's shadow is cast by reflecting light, the image of the shadow is "George Bush." The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  8. Bob D, Morristown, NJ

    He means that like Bush he has a ready-fire-aim approach to decision making. Facts and thought are irrelevant, only gut feel and hallucinations from the Deity have meaning.

    He also believes in the kind of wealth redistribution that takes from the working middle what it bestows on themselves and their wealthy cliques.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  9. Larry in Florida

    It means "Trickle Down." Thats the republicans story and they're sticking to it. We can see how well it's worked so far.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  10. Diane - PA

    Bush & McCain are one in the same.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  11. Zee GA

    They shared a brain for the last eight years.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  12. Adam

    Jack, it means he supports trickle down economics, as opposed to Obama's call for building the economy from the bottom up. What has trickled down from the geniuses on Wall Street is plain to see.

    Adam, Toronto

    October 27, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  13. JR in Norfolk VA

    Jack – let's run the numbers, shall we? McCain voted with Bush on 95% of issues in 2007, while Obama voted in line with his fellow Democrats (who control both House and Senate) 97% of the time the same year. Bush's approval ratings, while low, are still much better than the US Congress, led by guess who? So to make the case that Bush is disliked by a majority of Americans and McCain owns 95% of that, you have to keep in mind that Americans dislike Congress even more, and Obama owns 97% of that!

    For those who will listen, McCain has made it clear where he differs from President Bush. Stop listening to the ninnies in the press and read it for yourself.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  14. Hope M. Madisonville, KY

    It means he thinks the rich should continue to rule this country.
    In 1973, CEO's paid themselves 27 times the amount they paid
    their average worker. That number is now at 275 times. Greed
    has brought this country to its knees. Without new direction, we
    will have only 2 classes, the very rich and the very poor. I had a
    better quality of life in 1973 than I do now.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  15. JD in NH

    Their philosophy boils down to tax cuts and perks for the wealthy, but the average, struggling person is on their own. McCain somehow believes corporations won't outsource our jobs if they get tax breaks. He also believes we'll magically be able to purchase a $12,000 health insurance policy for $5,000. College education? As Tony Soprano might say, "Fuhgeddabowdit!"

    October 27, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  16. Karen D Maryland

    Yes it was a mistake especially in the long term. It is a classic example of McCain's bad judgement. He picked someone for purely political reasons and it is painfully obvious that the choice was not well thought out. All flash no substance that benefits the country.
    . So much for country first and now he is finding out about her along with the rest of us. She is McCain's own October surprise.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  17. JFK

    How about that Republican Party giving us GW Bush as their choice of the last 8 years and now J McCain/S Palin for the next 8. I have to ask them what they expected to happen when they/we put GW in the White House knowing he bankrupt almost every corporation/business he’s been involved with.

    Is it their mission to bankrupt the Nation and the World?

    A Republican that voted early as a Democrat all the way.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  18. Bestman

    Bush wants to establish the New World Order and McCain wants to continue the process of turning every country in the world into our enemy.

    Miami, FL

    October 27, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  19. Richard, Enoch, Utah

    They share the same no regulations on wall street and put it over main street. McCain is using the play book of Bush.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  20. Will K from San Jose

    Tax cut and spend, then blame the Democrats.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  21. Malka D. Oceanside CA

    republicans from the past are rolling in their graves for what has happened to the party

    October 27, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  22. Tom, Acworth, Ga

    If he is talking about the economic philosophy, which he changes some, but not for about the last eight years. We Americans should be a little worried. We know there have been more Republican Presidents than Democrat, but it still is amazing that since 1918 there have been nine recessions, with only one being under a Democrat President, Woodrow Wilson(1918-1921). Perhaps one can bring Jimmy Carter into Ronald Reagan's, in 1980-1982, but he was out of office at the time. The rest is just a history note with the Bush's having three during their terms, the rest spread around to Ike, Ford, Nixon, Hoover,and Coolidge, with FDR pulling us out of the Great Depression by Hoover and Coolidge. Change or the same!

    October 27, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  23. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    Trickle down economics, pre-emptive strikes against other nations (which is a good way to possible disaster), nationalizing the banks, no universal care to keep a nation healthy, no plan to bring back the lost jobs sent overseas....you can go on and on.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  24. Carol in Durham Maine

    1. Trickle Down Economics, Give the rich more and they might actually creat jobs (but ok to ship oversees and still get a tax break) Corporate Welfare ( or should I say socalism for only the rich).
    2. Pre-emtive strikes with imaginary foes in order to spread 'Democracy' like ours in the world: War is good for the economy.
    3. Lie, Lie and Lie some more in the hopes it becomes 'fact' that you can hide behind : Stonewall.
    4. Use the Justice System to fire those who don't agree with you (Palin will fit right in and love this abuse of Power)

    These few are just a small sample.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  25. Sarah

    He means he wants to carry on the 'George Bush' policies, both domestically and internationally.

    I think he is the worst kind of stupid – McCain has watched the policies that he intends to implement bring America to it's knees BUT he still plans on following the same policies.

    It's like watching someone else put their hand in a fire and then trying it yourself and expecting not to get burnt.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  26. Mike Smith, New Orleans

    McCain and Bush both cling to the failed policies of trickle down economics. Those policies left a huge deficit after the Reagan years, and they've put the U.S. economy into a severe recession now. McCain and Bush will go to their graves believing that if we just make the rich richer, all is well in the world.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  27. Jim S

    It's not necessarily John McCain I'm opposed to, it's the general republican philosophy that he shares with George W. Bush that has proven to be severely flawed. When you add to this his poor choice of a running mate (Sarah Palin) who's obviously unprepared to assume the office of President should the occasion arise, I cannot support him. He accuses Obama of planning a redistribution of wealth, but the republicans have done exactly that over the past 8 years with their favoritism toward the already wealthy. The middle class has been ignored and it's time they get a break in this economy as well. John McCain wouldn't give them one and would continue the borrowing, spending and irresponsible fiscal policies of the Bush White House. We can't afford him.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  28. Jon, Seattle

    What John McCain means is.....

    -Its ok to invade sovereign nations,
    -You aren't cool unless you give your CEO buddies fat tax breaks,
    -You tell gay people they are inferior,
    -You scoff at women's right to make choices,
    -Lying is an art form.

    The list could go on forever.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  29. Mike in Oakland

    It means that they share the basic assumption that the American people are stupid enough to keep falling for the same lies, distortions, and fear-mongering again and again.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  30. Mickie in Philadelphia, PA

    Definitely Regan trickle down economics, bullying other countries rather than being diplomatic and taking away our civil rights little by little (i..e. no habeus corpus, wiretapping Amerian's telephone calls, more deregulation, cutting medicare and outsourcing jobs). If there is anything I missed, I hope just what I mentioned wakes people up.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  31. Joyce, Des Plaines

    It seems that George Bush wanted military force used in Iraq. I get the impression from McCain we will continue to do so, even more so.
    I do not understand why we have to be "victorious" in the middle-east...let's just help the middle east get established and then head home. I get very nervous when I hear McCain chant "Fight, fight for America."

    October 27, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  32. Robert from Texas

    More of the same!

    October 27, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  33. gCs Gonzales LA

    It means, 90% of the time, I'm just like the President and he's just like me.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  34. Anna - Santa Teresa, NM

    It means McCain doesn't want to lose the Republican base by lambasting Bush, but he's got to lambast Bush to get the independents to sway his way. End result? This only adds to his persona of being a frustrated, erratic, indecisive, impulsive McCain–not someone you want to be the next President of the United States.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  35. Gloria Steinberg

    No but you and your readers really don't care. It appears this country is headed for socialism and there's nothing that will stop it.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  36. Debra Wetle

    They both put themselves before the Country!

    October 27, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  37. Mwita (Los Angeles, CA)

    They believe in Free Market, and Natural Selection as governing policies.

    October 27, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  38. Karen - Nashville

    I think it means that John McCain is more a follower and less a leader than he would like to admit. Unfortunately for him, he has discovered he was following the wrong guy.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  39. BG, Seattle WA

    It means that regardless of the state of our ecomony, our global standing, and our mismanaged wars, McCain will continue the same Bush principles. It has been PROVEN that the BUSH/McCAIN/REPUBLICAN "trickle down" approach DOES NOT WORK – corporate greed grows, our jobs are overseas, and we are sick. As long as the most wealthy receive more tax cuts and regulation is nonexistant, it is OK that we can't respond to floods, can't take care of our sick, can't find jobs in American and must rely on foreign goods. The "trickle down" effect has put us in major debt. Government can't exist without spending money, the question is the investment – the American people or wealthy/overseas companies.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  40. Jane (Minnesota)

    Is there a common philosophy they share? Oh yeah, re-distributing the wealth to the top.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  41. Carol in Western Massachusetts

    Balanced budgets, strong economy, moral leader of the free world? No, guess not.

    Beats me, then.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  42. Bleeding Heart

    My concern is less about the issues, as it is about abilities. Just because someone thinks he knows where he's going doesn't mean he can drive. I don't want him to drive the country in the same manner as his campaign. Colin Powell, has said it best!

    October 27, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  43. Raphael in New York

    Glad to see you are back, Jack. The Democratic and Republican parties have always had basic difference in their views as to how the nation should be run. Therefore, it is no surpridse when it is said that McCain and Bush, both Republicans, have similar outlooks. At the same time, both McCain and Palin have shown they are "mavericks" and have gone against members of their own party when they saw fit.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  44. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    It means that both Bush and McCain share the same economic policies and war policies with their only difference being environmental except for drilling off shore that McCain was against it before he was for it.

    Unfortunately for McCain his campaign convinced him to cater to the religious extremists to solidify the base ergo the Palin pick and the rest of the nonsense.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  45. Willow, Iowa

    Never before in our Country has there been such a divisive split between liberal and conservative. The Conservative Republicans have gone so far right that I fear any control by them. Bush and McCain are in agreement on basic Republican fundamentals of the party, small government, less taxes, "Trickle down" theory. but the Republican base has moved to radical fundamentalism Christianity. I would not have a problem with a moderate Republican. But the far right is scarey. McCain is courting the radical far right conservatives, and Bush is a more middle of the road Republican. so they have things in common, and then other things, not so much.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  46. Jay-Mississippi

    Simple Jack, the idealogy, the approach, the believe in doing things the same way.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  47. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    It means more tax cuts for the wealthy, war at the drop of a hat, arrogance at the top, and above all more jobs shipped to China and other countries.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  48. Arlene,

    It means when I run out of money John McCain will let me
    move into one of his 7 houses.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  49. Ed from Durango, Colorado

    Like all republicans they believe in the old "borrow and spend" philosophy, telling lies, running smear campaigns, invading sovereign nations when it might suit their purpose, tax cuts for the rich and screw the middle class, shipping jobs over seas............ need I go on? They are one and the same.

    Go Obama!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  50. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    Cut taxes for the wealthy, cut services for the Middle Class, and run the US into deeper debt. Force Religious thought throughout the US School System and Legal System. Reduce oversight so Wall Street can steal more money from everyone. This is the Republican Plan supported by Senator McCain.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  51. Steve Peach - Indiana

    He means Jack that they share the same love for big business, big oil, big money for Wall Street, and big fat checks for all of their lobbyist buddies, all at the expense of working class America! In other words, it means that a vote for McCain is a vote for a 3rd term for Bush! I hope people consider this when they go vote next week. Obama-Biden, CHANGE we can BELIEVE in!!

    October 27, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  52. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    Bush isn't deep enough to have a philosophy, and McCain has forsaken everything he has stood for in the past. Their greatest commonality is that they have both bowed-down to the most insidious forces in politics.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  53. Chris

    Wait a minute!!!!!! Isn't he supposed to be distancing himself from Bush? For someone who supported Dubya 90% of the time, he must be returning the favor after all.

    Chris from NC

    October 27, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  54. Mark - Asheville, NC

    I do not know about this alleged statement of McCain. When did he say it, years ago? Since I do not know the context, I do not know what he meant by it.

    Hey, here are some for you. What did Obama mean when he referred to Rev Wright as his 'spiritual advisor'?? What did Biden mean when he predicted the major crisis withing six months of their taking office? What did Obama mean when he advocated 'spreading the wealth around'?

    October 27, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  55. bob from traverse city Michigan

    He means they both ascribe to the republican party's mantra, rich white men know what's best for you and what's good for the rich is good for America.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  56. tom madison, wi

    George Bush and John McCain have obviously had a Vulcan Mind Meld!
    Besides, Bush has not completely destroyed the country so it is important that McCain gets the chance to finish the job.

    I believe the middle class taxpayers need to send George Bush an eviction notice and see how he likes it !!!

    October 27, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  57. Jim from Chicago

    Jack, they both are peeing on us and telling us it is rain. And, by the way they have some umbrellas in the trunk of the car that they would like to sell us. That is trickle-down economics.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  58. Terry from North Carolina

    These two Rocket Scientists have one common goal that has always been the mission of the Republican Party " take care of the corporate world.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  59. Tom Huntington, NY

    It means if you liked the last eight years you're going to love the next four in McCain wins. Since 80 % of the country thinks we are heading in the wrong direction I hope that isn't the case.

    Jack, there are two months and twenty six days until Dubaya is out of the White House. It will be, at long last, the end of an error.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  60. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    I don't think John McCain knows what he means. His only consistency throughout his campaign is his inconsistency.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  61. Cecil L. Ballou

    I have more of a question than a comment. Did McCain in his forum speech this morning say that the American public DOESN'T deserve the same health care that Congress enjoys or did I misinterpret that?
    If he did say it, how arrogant and elitest does that make him.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  62. jim vanloozen

    Listened to the latest from McCain on Obama being a big spender,
    the biggest spending is in Iraq and that will continue with him in
    charge. So how can he possibly claim that Obama will be the big
    spender when we pull out most of the troops and start slashing
    that bill.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  63. Myrock, Snellville, GA

    All I can really say about the double mint twins is that they differ by about 8 to 10 percent and when your affiliated with the same GOP Party guidelines it's hard to tell these guys apart.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  64. perry jones

    thats a good thing

    perry jones
    council bluffs iowa

    October 27, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  65. Patrick, Odenville, Al.

    It means that he, like President Bush, has the same common goal of driving this country into the ground at the expense of the working class. Neither Bush nor Mccain cares one bit about the working class. Both men have a problem with trying to live up to their fathers' potential. And by the way things are looking, each one is failing miserably at it.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  66. Emma, San Jose, CA

    Even if McCain denied sharing Bush's philosophical beliefs, he would not be able to convince astute voters who have paid attention to his voting in the Senate and the tone of his campaign.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  67. Pat,Clearwater Florida

    Like Two Peas in a Pod, Only Bush used a lot more fertilizer and
    got elected. You can fool some of the people sometime. But
    you can't fool all of the people all the time!!!

    October 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  68. Lucas in Pawling, NY

    They're from the same mold Jack. If we had 5 Parties instead of 2 the candidates wouldn't have to be so black or white (no pun intended).

    October 27, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  69. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Bush and McCain both share the "trickle down" philosophy of economics which has proven so costly for the average American. They are obviously all for the rich and big business. Their foreign affairs policy is for America to "wield a big stick," something that is quite dangerous for our country in these perilous times. We need a thoughtful and intelligent leader like Barack Obama!

    October 27, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  70. laurie michigan

    Republican Philosophy: Financial integrity (huh? when?)
    Fiscal conservative: Give to the rich and take from the poor
    Smaller government: We now own part of wall street (big government)
    Religious right (yup, yup, we got Palin on the ticket!

    October 27, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  71. Debbie in Indiana

    It means that he shares the same goals; de-regulate; privatize social security; move medicare/medicaid to the insurance companies. Give big business the continued option of running this country – look where it got us.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  72. Don in NC

    they have the same shared visions, the rich must get richer, the poor can suck it up and we need more wars.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  73. Keith - Twinsburg, OH

    Bush has a philosophy..? You coulda fooled me...

    It means he can't come up with one on his own. The best he can do is to copy a failure.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  74. Doug in New Mexico

    The republicans believe in the elite of the rich and powerful. They believe that this group of people who hold power should not be taxed, should make decisions for the rest of us, and are well, just better and more well bread than the rest of us. It is interesting that McCain used to belong to the Episcopal Church. They too are the elite and McCain fits like a glove. The amazing thing about this party is that they are good at dividing the country, people, and groups. That is how they win. They point out that they are better and the others are just low down scum. What is truly amazing though is that their strategy is most often successful. The working class ends up feeling that the college educated are looking down on them and are somewhat different. The college educated end up feeling that the blue collar workers are just ignorant. Who set up this divide this election? Unfortunately Hillary started it and now McCain has continued it. But it is like Bush, just a good ol beer drinking boy. There is racism in it and also gender discrimination and reverse gender discrimination. Look at what Hillary did and Palin is doing. Don't criticize because we are just poor helpless defenseless women. It works with the press. Anyway the Republicans gain by dividing the country. They do it over and over and over and few seem to notice.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  75. Rob, Las Vegas, Nebada

    Bush and McCain common philosophy of the Republican Party is to continue the deterioration of this once mighty Land

    October 27, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  76. Bruce St Paul MN

    It means that if they find a really stupid idea, they'll give it a try. If its really really stupid, they'll make it policy. If its unbeleiveably stupid, they'll get congress to make it a law.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  77. lynnej

    The McCain/Bush philosophy is basically "do as I say and don't question. We know what's best for you."

    Given the housing, financial mess, and job messes, we see how well that went.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  78. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    It means they are joined at the hip......except for those very brief moments when they are not. Their presidencies would be mirror images of each other.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  79. nancy from SEmissouri

    tunnel vision, I do no wrong, if you do not believe 100% in what I believe in you must be wrong, BIG business-BIG oil-BIG corporation is good!

    October 27, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  80. Dan, Maryland

    Jack, after the last eight years I don't think John McCain knows what the Republican party stands for. I sure don't and he and other Republicans just haven't been able to tell me!

    October 27, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  81. Ernestine

    Promise the people what ever they want to hear, for now.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  82. Janet, BC

    I don't think that he has always shared the same philosophy as W. McCain used to be an OK guy. This race has destroyed him, and he has changed so much. He has adapted to the Republican way of thinking. And now there is nothing worse your country could do than elect this ticket.

    Obama '08 (obviously)

    October 27, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  83. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    the real question about this common philosophy is we do not know where does it start and where does it end if it does have any ending to this common philosophy! You know what...it demands too much energy when our energy are better spent at changing and not repeating this common philosophy!

    October 27, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  84. Erika from Portage WI

    Hi Jack, McCain and Bush share republican views of lining the pockets of big businesses and their owners and only looking out for the top 2% of wage earners by giving them huge tax breaks. As Obama says, we need to create jobs, McCain says we need to create opportuntiy. Can McCain answer how to create opportunity when you don't have a job?? I don't think so. Keep up the great work Jack!

    October 27, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  85. Doreen, Cornelia Georgia

    John McCain means that he, like the President, honestly believe that there is a certain social order in America that they live by. Make the rich richer, make the middle class disappear, and make the poor too poor to care or see hope. The scariest thing they have in common... the fact that like Bush, McCain would let Palin have a whole lot more control than she needs or is warranted. Or like Cheney, Palin would just take it right out from under his nose. Makes me shiver.
    Cornelia, Georgia

    October 27, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  86. John, Fort Collins, CO

    What John McCain meant was that since neither he nor George Bush have a philosophy, for the Republican Party or otherwise, they are in complete agreement. To date, Senator McCain has been long on negative attacks, but short on substance or philosophy. And George Bush has never given us the slightest hint of what his philosophical thoughts might be.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  87. Derek

    It means that he is apart of the mess of the Republican Party for the last 8 years. He has the scars to prove it.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  88. Jackie in Dallas

    It means that he looks to Bush to tell him what he should say. Just like much of his platform and slogan for his campaign have been lifted from Obama. I don't think he has had an original or coherent thought in 8 years!

    October 27, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  89. Marge in New Port Richey, Florida

    Yeah, they both think with their gut and not much else. They don't listen to advisors...nor do they base their decisions on anything but what they think in their own inadequate small minds. They actually feel treatened if someone disagrees with them. How narrow-minded is that? Plus it's dangerous.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  90. John in Santa Barbara, CA

    Whatever that common philosophy is, it has to be very small, because it has to fit into George W. Bush's mind.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  91. Tom, The Heart of Democracy, Avon, Maine

    Republicans I have known had the philosophy of what was good for big business was good for America. Like McCain they are anti-regulation. It is nice to be so trusting but we end up with Enron tragedies and folks losing their pensions. Obama is right to understand that there always needs to be someone minding the store.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  92. Mick Hamden CT

    It means he's going to lose.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  93. Carl in South Carolina

    It means just that. McCain is willing to say anything he thinks will get a vote, but in the end he will go back to the 90% he braggs about backing Bush.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  94. JoLynn in Illinois

    John McCain believes the rich should run the country and let the "wealth" trickle down to the middle class. It seems as though John McCain would be like George Bush with a hot hand on the button. I can't see him using diplomacy to help change our tarnished image in the world. The policies of the last eight years has created a monster of problems for our country, and now we need a knight in shining armor to come to the rescue! And that knight is Barack Obama!

    October 27, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  95. Eric disgusted in Brooklyn, NY

    The way I see it, WAR is the ultimate wealth redistribution mechanism. And the republicans have for sure kept it churning.


    October 27, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  96. Joe in MO

    He means they both favor Corporations and rich CEOs over the Middle Class.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  97. Ann from Atlanta, TX

    As Obama has been saying, a vote for McCain is a vote for 4 more
    years of the same. After all, McCain has voted with Bush 90% of the time.

    McCain is just lying to the American people, saying whatever he thinks he needs to say to get elected. He doesn't have a clue what
    the middle class are going through.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  98. James in TN

    it means he agrees that Bush has done a good job and thinks the lower percentage approval rating the better, These philosephies are the reason we're in this situation.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  99. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    That philosophy has always been take care of (as Bush called them) "the haves and the have mores" and the rest should take care of itself. Just ask Exxon if it's a good policy.

    Hey Jack how about asking Americans who voted Republican last time if they feel they made the right choice? They might be able to clear up the policy side for you.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  100. Joseph

    Hi Jack,

    It means that McCain is trying to make up with Bush, again. With the polls indicating the move towards Obama, McCain can only benefit from Bush's advise on 'How to become President even if you don't win the popular vote'.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  101. BillD

    If that philosophy is the "Peter Principle" then I'd have to say yes, they do share a philosophy, although neither one strikes me as much of a philosopher.


    Champaign, IL

    October 27, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  102. lyn

    Both Bush and McCain shares the same stupid ideas, I don't think McCain knows what it mean, he flip flop all through this campaign.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  103. Bill The Machinist, Quarryville, Pa

    When Mccain says that he and the president share the same philosophy, I Bill the machinist in Pennsylvania would interpret it to be that they share the same ideas on how to run the country. The only difference being it is packaged different and sent to us by different delivery man.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  104. Debbie

    Its probably the most truth that has come out of McCain's mouth since the general election began. You know the first step in getting help is admitting you have a problem. I think its McCain asking for help. He can't help himself. He has an identity crisis. He is exactly like George W. Bush. Give everything to the big corporations and the wealthy and expected it to trickle down...GUESS WHAT???? It doesn't WORK!!!! The proof is in the mess we are in. The definition of insanity is, doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results! HELLO AMERICA...if it hasn't worked the last 8 years it isn't going to work the next 4...might even be worse...China may totally own us by then.

    October 27, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  105. Nissim Sasson San Diego CA

    It means more war in Irack, More Deficit Spending, More tax breaks for the rich and corporations it means the Bush Doctrine, it means forget about the middle class, it means never caching Bin laden, in means gas prices up it means 10 billion a month for Irak, more bail out for the banks but not the middle class, last but not least more failed economic policies, and failed foreign policies

    October 27, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  106. Janice Pound

    Bush wnted to become a dictator, the only problem he had was he does'nt have the I.Q.. Trying to rule the world with war. McCain is on the same page . Most leaders ,I have heard, know it's time for dip[lomacy. And like Bush he is trying to divide the country.. What's that line? "divide and conquer". McCain forgot he was for redistribution of wealth (on tape) in 2000 & 2004. , Besides the last thing we have to worry about is socialism ( and if handled correctly does fine in many countries) We are already becoming on par with 3rd world countries.. May I also point out when McCain speaks of privitzation he ,means turning everything over to corporations.Bush has been trying to do that for 8yrs..Complete ownership of the whole country by corporate America

    October 27, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  107. Sam Pendergrass, Scappoose Or

    give the old warrior a break, jesus he is 72, cancer survivor with limited mobility from years of mistreatment in a prison camp. Do you know anyone with those qualifications that doesn't suffer from PTSD? He should be on veteran disability not running for president.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  108. Anne/Seattle

    Republicans today continue to believe Americans can take care of themselves despite the fact they have rigged the ecomic system from supporting big business at the expense of small to supporting bankers and lenders at the expense of home owners. Electing McCain will allow supply side economics to continue devastate the middle class.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  109. Jackie in Dallas

    It means that he looks to Bush to tell him what he should say. Just like much of his platform and slogan for his campaign have been lifted from Obama. I don’t think he has had an original or coherent thought in 8 years!

    October 27, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  110. olin

    Jack both men are tring to be president(The highest honorable Leadership position in our country) sadly they both have become puppets of the corrupt upper class of america.They both share the ability to be politions by fate.but have no true leadership ideals.It is something that could only happen in America.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  111. voter in Kansas

    He means what he says. They are both Republicans. They both are elitists who favor the wealthy, who sincerely believe the wealthiest upper 1% of America ought to control all financial and political decisions. They believe not only in war, but in pre-emptive war. They whine about too much "government" but don't give a hoot about corporations and insurance and drug companies being in complete control of health care. Make that control of everything. They believe everything on the planet ought to be based on profit. They believe any type of welfare should be outlawed, except "welfare" for oil companies and the biggest corporations. They think the best thing for Social Security would be to let Wall Street run it. They're Republicans.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  112. Mike Ryan

    We create dictatorship by getting into the Whitehouse through a democratic voting process. We lie our teeth off to get the votes.
    Snellville, GA

    October 27, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  113. Shirley -AK OHIO

    He means that he will be four more years of George Bush and that the rich will get richer, the middle class will get poor and the poor will get poorer.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  114. Connie

    Jack, He means, Bush and I believe in giving to the rich and then when they screw it away we will just take more from the middle class.Vote early.
    Connie from Indiana

    October 27, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  115. Ray, Florida

    It mean's John McCain really doesn't have his own plan for the economy!
    He's trying to put together a new puzzle, while using the same old pieces. You can change the package, but that doesn't change what's inside!

    October 27, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  116. Cynthia; MS

    Wow, he finally admitted that he and George Bush share a common purpose – protect and take care of their own (Rich Friends/Corporations). Haven't you all been listening to McCain repeatedly making references to My Friend?

    October 27, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  117. Kyle- DuPont, WA

    Hopefully it means they both realize that the Party is out of touch with reality and needs an enema. But I doubt that is what he was insinuating.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  118. T. G. from the virgin islands

    He means more tax cuts for the rich people and the U.S. prolonged presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. When everything was already for the Republicans, McCain had no problem saying the he agrees with President Bush about 90% of the time. But the minute the president became one of the most unpopular political figures in U.S. history, McCain becomes a maverick.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  119. Jay in Texas

    For one thing, it means that Senator McCain has no more respect for our Constitution than Bush does. The Republicans can only hope that McCain is as skilled at stealing elections as George Bush was. That is their only hope now.
    Brownwood, Texas

    October 27, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  120. Dennis In Washington State

    It means that they both have the oil companies as their best interest

    October 27, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  121. Ingrid, new york

    in theory, republican philosophy includes: less govt (of the nationalization of banks and the like means more govt.), less govt. spending (of course Bush put this nation into amazing debt under false pretenses), less taxes for the rich and corporations (trickle down philosophy which ended up trickling out of the country, because big corporations are about making money for their employees and share holders not to support and take care of the people and the country), a free market/ more pro- libertarian economic philosophy (less regulation has brought us real far!) and social conservatism (whose daughter got pregnant?) and a recently held anti-intellectualism (yet they want to compete and create the best of everything). That is what McCain believes in, and that is what Bush believes in. hmmm.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  122. mitchell ,arkansaw

    it means he wants to continue the wars in the middle east. and anywhere else the military industrial complex can make $.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  123. Ginger H -- West Melbourne, FL

    He means that the Republican Party is too good to admit to errors or to comprehend the meaning of bipartisanship and that he and Bush gladly represent this fact.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  124. Annie Kraft Naples FL

    I will tell you what is a common thread between them....they are twins in policy, lack of intelligence, lack of thinking things through, lack of interest in anyone but wealthy individuals and corporations...they are two peas in a pod.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  125. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Continious war, for continious wealth, for the top one percent.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  126. Brian in CT

    He means that they’re just a couple of old geezers than enjoy a cold beer handed to them by their hired servants while watching the sunset from the deck at the family ranch.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  127. Lou Mullin

    Sharing the same philosophy means they both want to win no matter what it takes to win. They also share the philosophy that Bush thinks he is smart and McCain thinks he is young so that philosophy is "whatever I think is the gospel so believe it". I fear that McCain also harbors the philosophy that all of the "stuff" done by Bush in this Administration was good and he will continue to do the same thing – and not tell anyone – not even Palin – should he win. Maybe he'll call Cheney. McCain and Bush also enjoyed lively days as young men. Both men sold a bill of goods to their wives.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  128. Anj in CA

    Government by, of, and for the wealthy.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  129. Diana NJ

    McCain tooks the endorsement from the President... then felt it was not good to be seen with him..... continued to have the President raise money for him.... then in when he was not winning and the Dems were saying he is like Bush... He Lambbastered him and the party that he voted along with...
    Day by day REP left John by himself with his sidekick skirt.... and even she is trying to seperate herself from him...

    October 27, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  130. Mickie in Philadelphia, PA

    He means he stood up to Pres. Bush, let me see (must be 10% of the time) since he stated earlier that he voted with Pres. Bush 90% of the time, more than some of his republican colleagues. He throws a lot of platitudes and scare phrases around but has not come up with one solid plan for the economy.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  131. Chryssa

    It means they want to look out for themselves and their rich friends while making sure women don't have the right to choose. That's the Republican party for ya.

    Boise, ID

    October 27, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  132. Sandi, Chicago

    McCain wants to pick up where King George leaves off in January '09!
    I doubt that Karl Rove would give McCain advise though. Seems McCain has alienated a lot of Republicans with his VP choice, not to mention his campaign spewing hate filled remarks. Send him home to Arizona – a state that he may lose in the general election, too!

    October 27, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  133. Stefan in Hoffman Estates, IL

    It means john McCain is so out of touch he believes that being a Republican is the only necessity to be President. Perhaps this explains Palin on the ticket...a Republican, any Republican will do. Good thing most of America is running away from the Republican Party during this election cycle.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  134. bob, oshawa, ontario

    Jack, I think he means that in the golden age of the Republican party it was more centre oriented and defined the party closer to its true ideological lines. When Bush became president, neo-con thugs steered the party to the far right to the extent that many Americans wondered what happened to the halcyon days when they identified more closely with its core values. Sadly, McCain is aware of this, but his buddy George Bush, is not and thinks he is doing a heck of a good job.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  135. Mike, Albuquerque, NM

    It means that they both believe in privitizing the profits and socializing the losses. Giving out cost-plus contacts to military contractors and sticking the taxpayer with the bill. Turning banking and investments into giant casinos and handing the bill to mainstreet.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  136. Mike B. (Louisiana)

    Hi Jack,

    Was thier ever a second thought. To all the McCaine people I hate to say I told you so. That would be rude. So I'll just say "OBAMA 2008"!!!plenty of room. Come abored!!!

    October 27, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  137. allen

    He means exactly what he said. He agrees with Bush on all of the issues supported by the republican party. He supports Bush whole heartedly behind the curtain but in front of the general public he wants us to believe that he is the maverick and he is the agent of change. It is his halloween costume of sorts. A pig with lipstick is still a pig hiding behind lipstick.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  138. Jolly Potter, NY


    means two things...firstly he shares the Bush doctrine of pre-emption as a means to wield US miltary power around the globe – so hello Iran ! and secondly the continuance of what I call the Bush – Throw them Under the Bus philosophy we have seen with respect to the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, the homeless, the jobless, the helpless (Katrina), the futureless (college students), the penniless (retirees), and the health coverage less. We dont need another reckless Bus driver like McCain we need someone who can fill up this Bus and steer it in a new direction.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  139. raul from kentucky

    Bush has destroyed the only two chances McCain had to become president. I garantee you that this will be the start of a feud between the McCains and the Bushs families for generations to come.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  140. Richard Sternagel

    Bush and McCain share the Cowboy diplomacy view of the world(preemptive attacks on anyone perceived to be a threat to the USA). They also share the trickle down philosophy of economics. Except none of this philosophy trickled down to the average working man over the last 8 years.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  141. Ruie - Michigan

    Dear Jack:

    So GLAD you are back!

    One must suppose that he meant the "trickle down" philosophy, the Neocon theories that got us into a mess in Iraq, and he feels almost all social programs should be gutted.

    But, none of these things work - for one, people are just too greedy for "trickle down" to work, Neocon is really just a front for a certain segment of the fundamentalists who think they can "bring Jesus back" by somehow getting the temple back in Jewish hands, and our citizens, particularly our elderly, cannot survive without social programs. Oh wait! Does that mean I'm a Socialist?!?!?

    October 27, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  142. Velle in Halifax

    Just what it sounds like, Jack. Support "big business", special interests, and the military industrial complex. Keep telling middle-America that things are "okey-dokey" while falsely manipulating the economy to reflect that assesment.
    He proposes a "spending freeze" in "his administration". HOWEVER, the exceptions are very telling about his "philosophy".
    I suspect he and Bush also share about a 120 IQ...60 each.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  143. Billy G in Las Vegas


    every time I hear the phrase "trickle-down economics" I think of dogs and fire hydrants.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  144. Sue -Idaho

    I've decided McCain is Bi-Polar, he's for Bush before he was against him, he's for everything he voted for 90% of the time, before he was against them, now he's for the bailout, before he was against it! Any questions?

    October 27, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  145. Greg from PA

    He means that the core of the Republican Party campaigns on fear, panders to the whackos that shout "traitor" and "kill him" at rallies, think that evolution is Heresy, and that any religion other than evangelical Christianity is Devil worship. That is why so many well educated conservatives are jumping ship and supporting Barrack Obama.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  146. Kevin in Dallas

    The philosophy of the Republican Party is low taxes, small government, deregulation. If you don't know such basic information then I hope you haven't cast your vote yet, because you're clearly not informed.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  147. Tim G Red Lion, PA

    Since McCain voted with Bush over 90% of the time, it obviously means he likes the republican version of 'spread the wealth:' redistribution of money from the middle class to his wealthy friends in the top 1%.

    Isn't that what the last 8 years of deregulation & dismantling of existing laws have accomplished?

    Isn't that what the recent bailout did?

    October 27, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  148. Deanna, Katy Texas

    The BIG one Jack
    The "Trickle" down" effect......that's the one at the beginning of ALL the woes of the last 8 years.
    The war? Trickle down from Halliburton, Blackwatch ect.
    The economy? Trickle down from deregulation of Banks/Wall Street
    Education? Trickle down from No Child Left Behind and all the jobs THAT brought around in trying to make it work.
    Taxes? Trickle down from the super rich, such as himself, being able to spend more that would trickle down to the middle class.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  149. Ken M . Millington MI

    Hello Jack. What is the Republican philosophy anymore can someone tell me seriously? They have doubled our national deficit. Shipped millions of american jobs overseas, allowed freemarkets to spiral out of control with no regulations and to top it all off the corporate ceo's reward themselves for poor performance. Is this the party that Lincolin envisioned. What ever happened to the coalition for america?

    October 27, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  150. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    John McCain's scars are from surgery for melanoma and his Viet Nam war injuries, not his battles with the President and his party.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  151. chuck

    Jack, Lying is not for everybody--Lying is a very important job and you have to be on your toes at all times.When you lie there must be another lie to back up the first lie and on and on.An old man like McCain trying to lie is a joke. He cannot remember the script he's reading from much more anything. This is the same guy that said he voted with Bush 90% of the times and more than anyone else on the Republican party. He just cannot seperate himself from George Bush.It will be a GOOD thing for him to apologise to the American people about his hand in bringing down the ECONOMY.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  152. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    It apparently means he is satisfied that the party of Rockefeller, Goldwater, and Reagan was hijacked, which is to say he is so out of touch with America (or too senile) as to be unqualified for any federal office.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  153. Rosalynd Florida

    McCain's MTP interview was very telling. Besides admitting to the Republican flawed philosophy of trickle down economics in a year when voters don't want to hear such nonsense, he would not answer the questions without talking about Obama and he had a senior moment trying to remember the names of the former Secretaries of State that had endorsed him. How do you say landslide- Obama!

    October 27, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  154. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    The rich get richer, and screw the middle class!!

    October 27, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  155. wally Ruehmann las vegas nv

    it means McCain is beholding to the same corporate lobbies that bush is, and to the commit from SAM in scappoose Oregon, McCain should be on veteran disability true, but with what the monthly payment amounts to , he wouldn't be able to gas up his cars on a months check !

    October 27, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  156. Emma Ohio

    John McCain means, as he has stated during the last few months, that he is the biggest free marketer in America. McCain means that he will continue redistributing 'We the people's" wealth, i.e., public property to corporate America by privatization. And, that he, McCain, will continue Pres. Bush's policy of using corporate contractors to run our military industrial complex, Intelligence and homeland security instead of using public employees who work for the public good. In conclusion McCain will continue setting up a socialised free market based government of, by and for corporations that is replacing our constitutional republic form of government of, by, and for the people.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  157. Len of Colfax

    It means that while they are two different people, probably 90% of the actions of Sen. McCain would be identical to what Pres. Bush would do if he could run for a third term. It would probably mean that we would be stuck in the same mess we are now for a really long time. It means that his major attack on Pres. Bush was not really the opinion that Sen. McCain truly holds. It was only a statement to try to distance himself from Pres. Bush and secure a few more votes.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  158. lisa tx

    Jack I think it means there will be a different party in the whitehouse.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  159. Kathy/ GA

    They only like rich people. Hmm.... could the republican party be elitists?

    October 27, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  160. Nuwan

    It means he favors those republican policies that sank this country during last 8 years. Those were the policies bought by a republican President who had republican advisors like Karl Rov and were passed by a republican congress. He now comes to us and preach that he would be different. He had 8 years to show some leadership to that claim. But instead, he got together with other republicans in the congress and wrote blank checks to Bush 90% of the time. That is the truth. He will have to live with what he has done in the past.

    – Nuwan from Houston, TX

    October 27, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  161. carol in Oregon

    The only thing Bush has in common with McCain and the Republican Party is Rep. in front of his name. That is what McCain was nicely saying, or as Regan said "Don't talk ill of a Fellow Republican.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  162. Don (Ottawa)

    It means they are like Siamese twins, attached at the hip, or I should say, at the brain.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  163. Barb New Port Richey Fl

    I have always said Bush was a Texan with a Napolianic complex, who wanted to rule the world. Why in anyones right mind want 4 more years of that?

    October 27, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  164. Jim/Greensboro, NC

    Nothing. Obama has agreed with his party 100% of his career. That means he will not change for betterment of our country regardless of the situation. Remember, the Amercan people has the belief that congress is wrong 91% of the time...9% rating. But, CNN won't report that. Wonder why?

    October 27, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  165. Bruce H

    It means, squashing dissent; an economic policy that favors the few; wage war first, then diplomacy; and above all, deamonize the democrats

    October 27, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  166. mike, ohio

    The parties govern on their platforms. So, YES he would govern exactly like George Bush! Same domestic policies, same foreign policies and the same economic policies.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  167. Sandra fromTexas

    The Republican Party is the party of the rich and the well-born. Per George Bush his kind of people are the Haves and the Have Mores. This is their people and their philosophy. John McCain can hardly make himself say the word Middle-Class, much less want anything to do with it. As for the Poor. They don't exist.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  168. Richard Green

    Since neither Bush nor McCain have behaved like real Republicans, that's a hard question to answer. Less regulation of business might be the only area in which their actions have lined up with traditional Republican belief. You won't learn a thing by looking at what they've said, only at what they've done. Any decent Republican is already horrified by what these two have done.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  169. Spencer in Virginia

    What he means jack is that they are for the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. That's the GOP philosophy. Keep the lilttle man down.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  170. Julie from LA

    McCain IS Bush on the economy and on foreign policy. Both stubbornly talk about staying in Iraq until we "win". On the economy, they both want tax cuts for the top 5% of Americans and to give big breaks to oil companies.

    McCain has 14 corporate lobbyists running his campaign and chose a socially conservative VP to represent that part of the Bush agenda.

    He's been a child of privilege all his life and has no idea what the rest of us go through.

    "Like Bush?" Jack, McCain 2008 IS Bush.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  171. Wyoming Jack, Jackson, WY

    Philosophically speaking, they are two sides of the same coin. Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dum. The difference between them is so minor, no one can really tell the difference. They both like to play cowboy and maverick. They both favor tax cuts for big business, big oil and the super-rich. They both use smear tactics, lies and distortions as their primary mode of campaigning. And both of them have proven that their choice in VP's is absolutely appalling.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  172. Karen McCullough

    Hi Jack,

    Birds of a feather flock together–Bush/McCain–two of a kind.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  173. Griff

    But no "Straight Talk", from Barack Obama.. Or Maybe even Jack Cafferty???

    October 27, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  174. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va


    George Bush and John McCain do have the same philosophy –
    1. Affirmative action for friends and the well connected
    2. Tax breaks and loopholes for the rich
    3. Anyone with a tan or an accent is scary, lazy and un-American
    4. More wars

    October 27, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  175. me46

    A man cannot get clean just by putting on a new suit.


    October 27, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  176. Don (Ottawa)

    It means, if he wins the election we can expect not only more of the same, but worse, because McCain is a maverick and shoots before thinking, while Bush has to ask somebody what the question is.

    October 27, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  177. james, Prescott, Michigan

    At least he was being honest and that is probably a first for McCain in this campaign.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  178. Mike Files. Dallas, TX


    More coins for the rich and "trickle down" economics for the rest of us.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  179. Charla in Texas

    Well.....let's narrow it down to the lowest common denominator:

    "I'm NOT George Bush, but I approve HIS message." = John McCain

    October 27, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  180. Dave in MO

    It means he loves this country and will keep us safe!

    October 27, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  181. JW Georgia

    It means that he wants to continue to be at the top of the trickle down scheme and is convinced of his own superior station compared to us who must be trickled upon.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  182. Brenda, Northern Virginia

    They might both have some experience, albeit questionable, but both definitely suffer from lack of judgment. Of course, look what experience has gotten us lo these eight sad years. It's time for new leadership and calm, rational decision-making. What does it say about McCain's ability to sit down with radical foreign leaders if he can't even look his countrymen in the eye?

    October 27, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  183. Jason

    McCain shares the same philosophy with Bush? Wow!! I had no idea!

    October 27, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  184. Deborah, Los Angeles

    Jack...I think that it means that he and George W. Bush share a common philosophy of the Republican Party. Period. If McSame tells you that they are the SAME, then I think we should give him the benefit of the doubt.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  185. JW Georgia

    I'm a fiscal conservative and a social middle roader. The only thing that can change my vote now is if the GOP fields somebody with a reasonable set of economic notions. I'll hold my breath.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  186. Terry in Hanover County

    Jack, glad you're back. McCain's and Bush's shared Republican philosophy is an old one - world domination, where the rich rule and the rest of us are allowed to serve them. All the GOP has learned from history is that if we voters have our way and we will, the GOP will soon be history.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  187. Bill From Michigan

    There is a reason why John McCain has always held on to the Republican Party. He believes in the ideology of its' trickle down economics.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  188. Roger -Pinewood, Mn.

    Jack, what they say and how they govern have never matched up. They always campaign for smaller government but in reality the GOP always grows the government more than the DFL, that's a fact jack. When they talk about lowering taxes, its always lowering taxes mainly for the wealthy, another fact jack. They say they are against socialism and now the government is part owner in our banks thanks to the no regulation GOP. The GOP no longer have a platform, period.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  189. Mya Lias from Pennsylvania

    Loosely translated… “VOTE OBAMA"

    October 27, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  190. C.A. from Bucks County, Pennsylvania

    Loosely translated… “VOTE OBAMA”


    October 27, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  191. Lee in CA

    Anyone that watched 60 minutes last night saw that this whole economic mess was the result of a law passed before the Big W was in office.

    Evidentally in 2000 the "Bucket Shop Law" from 1907 was repealed for Wall Street only, allowing for the last eight years Wall Street to bet openly on everything without actually investing in anything.

    McCain is the only candidate, other than Nadar, that I trust to watchdog wall street.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  192. Michael, Pensacola, FL

    Must be that "making poor choices" philosophy!

    October 27, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  193. Fran, Michigan

    It means....take from the poor and give to the rich....some more!!!!

    October 27, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  194. carson

    MORE SAME, MORE WARS , MORE FINANCIAL CRISIS , MORE ENYMY, MORE OLD, if john mccain were elected for the next four year ..

    if this could happen and america will be trouble for 8+4= 12 years along with bush / mccain twin .. enough is enough ...


    October 27, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  195. Steve

    common philosophy of the republican party held by Mccain and Bush –

    run the country for the benefit of the top 5%

    October 27, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  196. Linda in Arizona

    It means he was an original supporter and signatory of PNAC, and would continue to strike preemptively at strategic targets (countries which have oil), keeping us in perpetual war, just as bush has. Oh, and he'll rob from the poor to line the pockets of the corporate rich. Wouldn't want to forget that long-established republican tradition.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  197. former republican

    George W Bush's legacy will be described as... FAILURE!

    John McCain's campaign is a FAILURE

    so yes they are like each other in more ways than you know.

    I jumped ship and voted OBAMA

    October 27, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  198. Glenn in California

    Jack, it means that he voted with Bush 90% of the time. 'Nuff said.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  199. Erik from Golden, CO

    It means that McCain has officially made the biggest blunder of the campaign.

    He spent the past six months distancing himself from GWB. Now, in the final stretch of the campaign, he's aligning himself to the policies of trickle-down economics, cultural isolationism, and starting wars for profit.

    This is even dumber than choosing Palin as his VP.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  200. Darren

    That he'll follow all of Bush's failed policies, for rescuing his 'dead at the side of the road' campaign.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  201. gaye benton

    mccain and bush connected at the hips

    October 27, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  202. vern-anaheim,ca

    yes john mccain and president bush share the same philosophy and they are like"two pea's in a pod" in their thinking that is if either of them can think.mccain would be just a continuation of george w. bush and we don't need 4 more years of that,just look what bush has done to this country..more favoring the rich and less to the rest of us.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  203. Joe in Clinton, Ma.

    It means if Mccain gets in, we are all screwed.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  204. Louise L.Gallone

    HI Jack.
    He means exactly what he says. He will dish out more of the same Cowboy Philosophy. He will also continue to cut taxes for the rich while raising them on the middle class.

    Louise, Indiana

    October 27, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  205. Jose Hoboken, NJ

    Jack, he means the obvious.

    Both agree that rich people should keep as much of there money as they can at the expense, needless to say, of the majority.

    Both. also .believe that "charity" is the best health care system, keeps the needy in check!

    October 27, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  206. Jamie Rothman

    MISTAKE – and where is John McCain's lapel pin flag? Love Cafferty's comments.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  207. RobRoy

    Jack, the McCain-Bush philosophy is "THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR GET SHAFTED"

    Atlanta, GA

    October 27, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  208. L.M.,Arizona

    Cowboy diplomacy. Shoot first and try to explain later. Pick a person and defend the pick when everyone attacks the pick. Bomb Iran and be a war president.


    October 27, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  209. Greg

    The opportunity to create his own way, and develop his own political philosophy was taken from him by the Rove-Bush destructo machine in 2000. The same machine which has led this campaign in every direction but up.
    I might think that the first person Obama crosses the aisle to help in the repatriation of America will be John McCain. I hope he does, because I think that John McCain can be of help in the new world.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  210. just me

    Simple. They are both of, by and for the rich, special interests, lobbyists, Wall Street paid for by the peopl. They are completely out of touch with what the ordinary taxpayer is doing to try to survive in the economy created over the past 8 years by Bush supported by McCain.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  211. David Bakody, Dartmouth NS

    What does John McCain mean when he says he and George W. Bush share a common philosophy of the Republican Party? It means they both are highly influenced and manipulated by the same inside political masters.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  212. Doris/St. Louis, MO

    It means that he will do anything to get elected.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  213. Gil Taylor, Kailua-Kona Hawaii

    The Palin VP pick was more than just a mistake. It was reckless and irresponsible. It was demonstrative of Senator McCain's propensity to make quick decisions without thinking through all of the factors. It was clearly a gimmick that has backfired. John is a war hero and a good person, but the country cannot afford a 72 year-old, trigger-happy fighter pilot with a bad temper, in questionable health, whose passing would leave us with a new President with a deficient knowledge of our government and who appears to be nearly totally ignorant of the world outside of Alaska.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  214. Jaette Hart

    Palin's political ambitions are blatantly obvious much to the detriment of McCain's run for president. He has done grievous harm to his good name and reputation.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  215. Susan from Georgia

    He means they are inter changeable. You vote for McCain, you get Bush!

    October 27, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  216. EJK

    Sarah Pavin is probably one of the most well accomplished women in the USA. I guess you Democrats are intimated by her. I just wonder how much money Obama spent on his wardrobe in the last 6 months. It would probably make Sarah look like a saint. But of Course ....you media people won't report that!
    You media members think you run the country. I hope people wake up soon! You only report YOUR POINT OF VIEW! But what goes around will come around.
    Socialism is not a good way of like.... Rob Peter to pay Paul!
    I personally think Sarah can do a much better job than you men have done. You guys really messed up our country! And it takes a gooood
    woman to straighten out the mess!

    October 27, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  217. Mary Max Neely

    Hey Jack!

    Hail Mary pass was all it was for McCain campaign. And no touchdown, in fact much loss yardage!

    Go Obama 08

    October 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  218. Marcus, from DC

    Jack, that's easy – President Bush and Sen. McCain share this philosophy "what's wrong with the economy – I'm still rich"

    October 27, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  219. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    McCain, McClone, McBush! What's the difference??

    October 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  220. jenny

    America is a country of all races from all countries.Compare the two conventions and judge for yourself. where is help going to come from? I firmly believe the DEMOCRATS.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  221. Stuart, Colorado

    They both support the failed policies of the Republican party like killing regulation in the market and invading countries based on lies.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  222. Davis in NC

    He means that they both have no idea what their doing.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  223. AspenFreePress

    Bush and McCain share a common philosophy okay, but it's not with the Republican Party. Neither Bush nor McCain is a conservative in the GOP tradition. In the South Carolina Primary, McCain won with a mere 33 percent of the vote. The conservative vote in that state was split between Huckabee 31 percent and Thompson 19. If Thompson hadn't been in the race, Huckabee would have won in a walk. The South Carolina situation reflects how Republican conservatives have been thwarted in their efforts to take back their party across the nation. Sterling Greenwood/Aspen

    October 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  224. lee in tn

    we do wrong and we slap each other on the wrist,
    you do wrong and the rest of us will suffer the wrath of punishment for four years.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  225. FernieMac in Rosamond, CA

    Hello Jack: It means that voting for Mc Cain is just like voting for Bush.
    If Bush cared about this country why he choose not to search for Bin Laden in Afghanistan, rather than to avenge Daddy in the Iraq quagmire.
    We need a generational change in the way we approach our problems and our view to the world.
    Out with the old, and let's welcome new ideas.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  226. Allen L. Wenger

    I gave up trying to figure out what John McCain thinks about anything. What he meant by it today, will not be what he will mean tomorrow or even this afternoon.

    Mountain Home ID

    October 27, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  227. ken - florida

    What I don't understand is how anyone could hang onto the ideology that the Republicans have practices for so many years, History has shown that it doesn't work.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  228. john ............................. marlton nj

    It means he'd rather be assocaited with someone with 27% favorable ratings than with someone with less that 20% favorable rating like the democratic lead congress ... If Obama gets elected can he use Rev Wright's bible at the swearing in ceremony??

    October 27, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  229. mel from Ohio

    They follow the same Republican theme of THE RICH DESERVE TO GET RICHER and too bad for the middle, and lower classes. Too bad the poor folks in the Republican base haven't figured that out yet because they believe that their interests are being looked out for. Bush and McBush also think that the U.S. was given magical powers and can tell the rest of the world that they HAVE to be like us...or else

    October 27, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  230. Elizabeth NC


    October 27, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  231. Matt Lorain,Ohio

    It means John McCain has no "common sense" whatsoever.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  232. e.j.mohammed Washington state

    I hate to say this but a McCain/Palin ticket would be worse than Bush! It would be so disastrous if Palin were a heartbeat away from the Oval office! I have never heard of a V.P. going so far off the message of the one that picked her ! She's not qualified and McCain picked her so that disqualifies his judgment ! Right now Bush looks like he has better judgment!
    E.J. in Tacoma

    October 27, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  233. Karen From Illinois

    It means they both do what the Republican Party tells them to do.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  234. mere

    What McCain is saying and What he is admitting to, is He is going to be following the same failed economic policies of George W Bush. After all in McCain's own words during the Republican Primaries John McCain said, "I voted with Bush 90 percent of the time. More than my Republican colleagues."

    And to think, just last week McCain was trying to convince us that it was Obama who would follow GW Bush failed polices.

    Well, I have to say it. McCain is the best stand up comedian Republican candidate I have ever listened to. He is even funnier than Bush. We may end up with a worse economic situation even worse than a recession during the McCain Palin ticket, but at least he will have us rolling on the floor.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  235. Surafel Melaku

    That's why we call him McSame Jack! He approve almost everything Bush propose and support! lol. Jack – correct me if i'm wrong – but government suppose to stand by the people at all times right? What's up with this "I know it all 'SHERLOCKS'" 100% going after CEO's and rich? If McCain lose his house – he can move it to the other 6-7 house – if this mortgage crisis hit me hard – i'm on street. But this two McSames assume life is better on their eye not reality of others. I knew this will going to happen when Bush asked What is sovereignty? 🙁

    October 27, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  236. Ryan

    They share the same strategies. Find excuses to go to war with countries surrounding Iran so they can eventually invade. They believe in the same cowardly foreign policy. I won't talk to them because they don't like us....The world is waking up and they understand Obama can restore America's greatness and the way they are viewed.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  237. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    They but represent the richest people and big corporations and are not for,nor do not relate to the average American citizen. They share the same political contributors and bow to the dictates of the RNC. That's why a McSame win would be four more years of devastating Bush policies.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  238. frannie, mansfield ohio

    They both think the public does not need real answers. I think it's funny that McCain brags about disagreeing with Bush, then criticizes Obama for disgreeing with Bush by voting with his fellow Democrats.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  239. paul in atlanta

    It means John McCain confirmed that he votes 90% of the time with Bush.

    It also means, that John McCain has sold his soul to the GOP neo-conservative agenda.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  240. Frank, Atlanta

    The only thing I can think of is that they both don't have a clue to what the American people have been going through for the last eight years and both of them philosophically have damaged the our global credibility. When your philosophy is based somewhere in another place and time, it doesn't matter to me what it is. Hey! Who agreed with who's philosophy first?

    October 27, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  241. Teasha, Florida

    Maybe for one moment John McCain stopped insulting our intelligence and admitted to being the same as Bush. Who am I kidding, this is a calculated moment of truce. At this point, he has nothing to lose.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  242. Florence from Indiana

    What does it mean? John McCain is a republican. He thinks that middle class america makes 5 millions dollars a year. That is why McCain forgets to talk about the middle class until the media reminds him. In the Repbulican Party, the rich get richer and the poor get poor. There is not middle class. John McCain by his own admission voted 90% of the time with Bush. That says it all. He has taken the word 'change' from OBama, he has taken Obama's message on changing the way Washington operates. He is Country first, but picked Palin who does not know what the VP job is. McCain's healthcare plan involves Clinics, and does not account for your parents or grandparents long term illnesses. He is a copy of Bush. He does not understand that 2/3 of the American People want the war to end. He insist on Victory. Whatever Victory means.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  243. Carl Jackson

    Absolutely a mistake!
    I am profondly angry that John McCain would play with the concerns and issues of this great country in choosing Palin as VP. What really and truly grabs at me is the idea that John McCain sees "Presidential Readiness" in Sarah. There's and ole' saying that goes something like this. "If you give a drug addict a rut, that they move in and furnish it", John McCain has provided Sarah with a rut and she is furnishing it to the hilt! As for the "Hockey Mom", well she has reduced herself to being nothing more than a "Hockey Puck" being played on thin ice!

    C. Jackson

    October 27, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  244. Canadian

    Does it really matter as long as he has scars to prove it?

    October 27, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  245. Mark from Tempe, AZ

    I'm assuming he means that rather than deal with the change we have seen over the last 20+ years he would rather keep us living in the past. He just doesn't get it–lot's of things are different since he first got elected to Congress and neither he nor the GOP want to admit that they don't have a clue about the future of this country.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  246. Beth, Boston,MA

    McCain agrees with Bush on bailing out those that have and sinking those who have not. The Republican party has always been the party of big business; small business owners have been misled into believing that the republicans care about them.

    McCain's statement suggests that health insurance and assistance to the poor would not be on his priority list.

    It's just more of the same.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  247. Robert Schmidt

    I think we all have learned a bit of history here. Thankfully, I majored in it and have known trickle down economics was a sham for a long time now. Hopefully, this election will send the GOP out the door for awhile. I say awhile because people in power don't go down without a fight and I'm sure they will find some other way to lie their way into the poor man's pocket again. I find it disturbing that Michelle Obama had to almost apologize for her comments about not being proud of her country. She had it right. There hasn't been a whole lot to be proud of in this country since Lyndon Johnson in 65 enacted civil rights legislation. Since then we have seen democrats cooperating with republicans in an effort to rob the poor and feed the rich. If Obama is elected I might be proud again. And yes,McCain is just like Bush. He answers to his party's base...Hellloo!!!!!!

    October 27, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  248. Denny, Sunnyvale CA

    War and tax cut!

    October 27, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  249. Daniel, Indiana

    For me, Jack, the Republican philosophy is one to fight for the corporation and the rich. That doesn't include the middle- or lower-class in America, i. e. the workers. I find it very difficult to believe that a Republican really means to help the worker. McCain, like Bush in 2000 and 2004, will say anything to get the non-rich vote and turn around and work for the benefit of the corporation and the rich. I cannot vote against my pocketbook. I have struggled for years. The best years were the Clinton years, but they weren't good enough for me. The Reagan years were no help for my pocketbook either.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  250. Frank, Atlanta

    They both think that the trickle down theory works (for the rich) and for their sake, can not be abandoned.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  251. Ricky from Roseville, MI

    Philosophy means "thinking." Common means "same." Therefore, John McCain shares the "same thinking" as George Bush. Wow, the first truth that I have heard in McCain's campaign in the last 20 months!

    October 27, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  252. kristi-wa

    Their shared philosophy is that they don't have a philosophy. Look at who both these men chose as their VPs.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  253. Haime

    They are both Republicans so they would, by default, share the same "philosophy" of their party. I believe the question should be how similar are they interpreting the "philosophy"? 90% is too much!!

    October 27, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  254. Dave from Toronto


    One Obama in the hand is way better than the two Bushs. Like Bush, McCain supports the US military in Iraq for the next 100 years., drilling for oil in Alaska, tax cuts for the wealthy, and further privatizing health care.

    If it walks like a Bush, and talks like a Bush...

    October 27, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  255. Leo Spriggins FL

    It means exactly what he (McCain) said himself; " I voted with President Bush 90%%%%% of the time, more then some of my leading republican collegues.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  256. Linda Kay -Minnesota

    Well, I think it means we can expect a McCain presidency to do pretty much what GW has done to the country. Pretty much what Mr. Obama has been saying since the conventions. no thank you very much.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  257. Leo Spriggins FL

    It means Socialism for the Rich!

    October 27, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  258. Alex

    It's easy – they both want the war in Iraq to go on with no end in sight, they both don't get the economy, such that under McCain, the rich would continue getting richer and the middle class poorer.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  259. Christian in Atlanta

    I think he is trying to distance himself from Bush; yet, not really insult the Bush base so they will show up to vote. It is a silly play on words.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  260. C. H., Longview, Texas

    It means that we are in trouble if McCain wins the Presidency. It means we will do anything we can to remain in a war that is unwanted by us, and Irac. It means that we will be able to stress a pro-life view, with no concern for the life of the living. ( At least the living poor.) It means that the oil companies will be in control for another 4 years, And it means that if McCain is elected, we deserve all the pitfalls that come along with a McCain/Palin/Bush Presidency.
    If this is the case, God Help us All!!!

    C. H.
    Longview, Texas

    October 27, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  261. Lee in MN

    The only thing I can think of is they both seem to prefer war over diplomacy.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  262. Matt - QC, AZ

    It means that for the first time in months, John McCain actually gave us a little straight talk. Too bad for him it's not what anyone wants to hear.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  263. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It means just one more nail in his political coffin.

    October 27, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  264. Dick B

    It means he should be thankful he is not up for reelection to the senate. At least after November 4 he will still have his day job.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  265. Gerald from Austria

    It shows that its a continuity of Bushs failed policies infact he is a clone of bush

    October 27, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  266. Dee from Fredericksburg, VA

    Jack, it means he believes in business as usual...the wealthy drink champagne while the middle class foots the bill and cleans off the table.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  267. Alex

    Jack, McCain is so similar to bush, he will be called Bush 44 just like Bush Jr is called Bush 43 and Bush Sr is called Bush 41.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  268. roberto

    Absolutely. The first "straight talk" we have heard from McCain in awhile. The only reason McCain admitted to sharing the same basic philosophy as Bush was because Tim Brokaw impeached McCain with his own prior inconsistent statements.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  269. Leyla

    It means when it comes to important issues such as economic, education, healthcare and international policies, the share the same view with the same priorities.

    Leyla, Ontario, Canada

    October 27, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  270. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    their common philosphy indeed is to share this common philosophy of spending more just for the few!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  271. Kevin

    One word: Divisiveness.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  272. rez, MN

    He means that a vote for him is a vote for Bush!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  273. Peter M

    It means that if you loved the last eight Bush years, you will enjoy the next four. McCain will not only continue them, he will raise it a notch. Now go figure.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  274. Barbara in Las Vegas, NV

    He means they both think that Republicans should be in charge, no matter what the cost to the American people and they think nothing of the damage that's been caused in the past eight years!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  275. Michelle ONeal

    It means that they are one in the same.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  276. Shiv Patel

    McCain is similar to Bush and this why it is going to cost him the election. If the Republican party had a nominee that was different than Bush, then the Republicans would have a legitimate shot at winning. McCain's foreign policy is the same as Bush's.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  277. Lisa in Georgia

    Jack, it means that John McCain...just sealed the deal... for Obama that is!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  278. lisa

    What John Mccain means is...........

    "Me and George Bush are exactly alike, i just cant say it!!"

    October 27, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  279. Michelle from Mariposa, CA

    Republicans consistently associate the term "tax and spend" with Democrats. Hey... you need to tax to pay the bills. I have a term for the Republicans.... "spend and spend"


    October 27, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  280. Mathman

    It's simple: they agree with each other 90% of the time and that no one really realizes that it's true. We've created a new, but increasingly aging, model of President Bush under our very eyes.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  281. Hayden Buffalo, New York

    What they have in common is very simple. They both suport on Regan-nomics.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  282. Louie

    that's what scares me! more of the same Republican agenda. Im voting Obama08'

    October 27, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  283. Ron

    Of course McCain and Bush share the same philosophy-make the rich richer and screw the middle class.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  284. Rufi-Alabama

    John McCain and Pres. bush philosophy that they share is: One train wreck already occurred, and McCain is the other train wreck waiting to happen. Afterall loo at the ECONOMY!!!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  285. Edwin from Va

    McCain did not said anything different that his records picture. His policies are the same as Bush.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  286. Dicky Neely

    Hi Jack,
    When McCain says he shares G.W. Bush's Republican philosophy it means that they both share the primary Republican aim of aiding the rich, the wealthy and the powerful and assuming that prosperity will trickle down to the poor, the working class and those with no medical care.
    It is Republican social Darwinism.
    Dicky Neely
    Corpus Christi, Tx.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  287. Victor

    Bush and McCain are very much alike , they both take from the needy and give to the greedy!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  288. Debbie, Blue Springs, Missouri

    McCain is ruthless. His lies will be the end of him.

    Time to retire Senator McCain.

    Good bye Palin.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  289. Norah (Boston, MA)

    They both believe that wealth should be redistributed and retained by the wealthiest in the country.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  290. Shawn Greene

    they call Obama a socialist well i am an network engineer who now delivers pizza so what ever is the opposite of GOP Bush McCain philosophy i am on board

    October 27, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  291. cynthia from vermont

    that common philosophy is trickle-down economics;the republican's version of sharing the wealth. well i'm tired of being trickled on. maybe if we water the roots , the money tree might actually start to grow.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  292. Michael, TX

    It means that McCain will do what ever business interests want. I have been around since Eisenhower and all I have ever seen out of the Republicans is doing what ever they can for the business interests. When will they learn that it does not and will never "trickle down" to the rest of us. Those businesses and owners that have all the money want to keep it and will do whatever they can to make sure the Republicans keep passing favorable legislation.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  293. Deena Nissley

    A common republican philosophy is to keep government out of the way of "thems that got it" from raking in more loot.. And the little guy wants to be a republican like the rich guys because he thinks they're going to include him in on the deal! Not.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  294. Stephaney from Lighthouse Point, Florida

    He means that they share a common Republican view: to keep taxes low, to keep us safe, and to create opportunity- NOT GOVERNMENT SPREADING THE WEALTH AROUND!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  295. Joel

    I think what McCain is refering to is the core values that most republicans share. Issues like abortion and the apointing of conservative judges is a common link between base republications such as Bush and McCain.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  296. kenny

    he voted with bush 90% of the time.
    bush is the captain and MCcain is the executive officer of a ship
    that is about to sink. bush has left MCcain to man the ship while he abandons it, talk about aig, bush created more debt than AIG
    and iraq combined

    October 27, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  297. Melanie Ramsey

    Four more years of George Bush.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  298. Steve Franklin, Dallas TX

    Its simple, it means that they want big business to continue getting tax cuts, send more jobs overseas, help oil companies reach record profits, continue spending 10 billion dollars in Iraq a month, continue to watch our economy go down the drain, continue allowing wall street to take advantage of main street, and obliterate the middle class. This is the common fundamental Republican ideas that they share.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  299. Ron

    He means that no matter how much he wants to be a "maverick", he really isn't. The actual Maverick family pointed this out very clearly. McCain is a Republican, and his philosophy matches that of George Bush for that reason. We all know he's not literally George Bush, as he states, but he certainly is as close as you can get in this election.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  300. Bert, Iowa City, IA

    Of course he must mean "trickle down economics", the philosophy of privatizing corporate profits and socializing corporate losses.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  301. Hayden Buffalo, New York

    They both support Regan-nomics. They go about saying how government is the problem. Well its not government. Just the basic ideological Lassais- faire base of the republican party. Why do you think they support tax breaks for CEO's and businessmen making over 250,000 dokllers a year. I may be only 17 but even I can tell they support lazy methods of running the country Jack.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  302. Andrea-Twin Lake, MI

    Their philosophy is simple, Jack. It is to take every penny they can beg, borrow or steal from the poor and middle class and give it to themselves and their rich buddies. It's reverse socialism and they are both masters at it. And they are fighting like hell to keep their gravy train on the tracks.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  303. Andrea New York

    McCain and Bush both subscribe to the Neoconservative arm of the Republican party. They both want to invade Iran and Syria (maybe even as early as today) and occupy the Middle East indefinately. As our military is already stretched to it's breaking point with our war on two fronts, it would dictate that they would have to reinstate the draft. The real question at hand, Jack, is how they would finance this war mongering. Unless McCain's wife intends to liquidate her 100 million dollars and contribute, I suppose that I and any descendants I may have will be paying for it for the next 200 years.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  304. Kendra

    Clearly, John McCain means that one would prove themselves a complete idiot in voting for him. Talk about rhetoric.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  305. Marshall

    McCain keeps saying that he's gone against everyone in government at one time or another, and has the 'scars to prove it'. Will someone please ask him what scars are he's talking about. And prove it. I think he's confusing his Vietnam scars. Or at least , wants to remind the country.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  306. dan collins

    According to his own words, McCain supports the war. Supports tax cuts for the wealthy. Supports off shore drilling. Supports free trade to send American jobs overseas. Sounds like a Bush clone to me.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  307. Vinny, Conroe,TX

    What does John McCain mean when he says he and George W. Bush share a common philosophy of the Republican Party?

    He means let the rich get richer and the poor scrape by with the scraps that fall off their table. He means we should have a 'do as America decides' foreign policy. He means less taxes for big corporations that outsource American jobs. He means...he means he is Bush's sidekick like Tonto and we can expect no difference in policies if we keep electing rich old guys who know nothing except how to talk tough and use catch phrases.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  308. Richard - Manassas, Virginia


    They both watch and actually believe what comes out of FOX News!

    #1 – Sarah Palin was a good pick
    #2 – The fundimentals of the economy are strong
    #3 – The polls are wrong
    #4 – The "left-wing" media want McCain to loose
    #5 – Mickyey Mouse will be voting on November 4th

    Come on people, turn off FOX and watch CNN!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  309. Joe not the plumber

    It isn't too hard to figure out what he was saying. John McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time. I would say they share a common philosiphy. If McCain wins, lets hope that 10% was how to take care of Wall Street and the Economy. Although these days, its easy to make a small fortune into the market. Just invest a large fortune into it.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  310. Mickie in California

    McCain and Bush both believe in "trickle down economics"as if it would ever trickle down to the majority of Americans. They both believe in "winning" as if war was a football game and that winning were everything. They both follow the policy of divisiveness and antagonism as if you could accomplish anything positive with that kind of attitude.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  311. Elaina


    It would be easier to define what separates them; looks and age. They share all other republican philosophies, which are their stance regarding all other issues, especially the economy, taxes and the Iraq war. They even share many of the same personal characteristics, stubborness, lies and tempers. Need I say more...

    October 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  312. carina in georgia

    Honestly Jack, I don't know what they share.. Mccain is flipping around like a fish out of water, he says he's a maverick but he voted with Bush 90% of the time.. he shares the same fiscal policy as Bush not to mention the health care, education, military etc etc.. there is only a few social issues that he differs with him but that's just not enough to make the changes this country needs. Obama has been firm and has delivered his message effectively, I still don't understand what the Mccain/ Palin ticket is all about.. and I don't think they do either

    October 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  313. Steve Franklin, Dallas TX

    Its simple, it means that they want big business to continue getting tax cuts, send more jobs overseas, help oil companies reach record profits, continue spending 10 billion dollars in Iraq a month, continue to watch our economy go down the drain, continue allowing wall street to take advantage of main street, and obliterate the middle class.

    This is the common fundamental Republican ideas that John McCain and George Bush share.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  314. Wayne ( Canada )

    Sure they do. Republicans are conservative and adhere to the non -regulatory trickledown economics of Regan. Look at the result!!! McCain wants to protect the rich elite from a tax hike. He would sacrifice the Tax cuts to the ordinary " Joe" that would occur under Obama's plan. Summary: McCain is promoting the Status quo which has already shown its devastating failure.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  315. tom swift

    They both don't know which direction is up.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  316. Dan

    They both follow the " Rothschild Formula" perpetual war !

    October 27, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  317. Galen R

    The common philosophy is the one shared by most men in a position of power, who are out of touch with the masses. it is a philosophy of. If I and my friends are living high in the hog then nothing else really matters. What other laws can we pass with our money to ensure the incumbency of people like me and my friends, who dont mind taking from many, and can still sleep in the evening.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  318. Alex

    Of course McCain's and Bush's philosophies are the same. This philosophy is called republicanism, and there is nothing wrong with that. Even Ronald Reagen shared the same philosophy as George Bush, and we all know about the prosperity we experienced during the Reagen years. The main difference between George Bush and John McCain is the way they plan to achieve this philosophy. Let's face it. George Bush is not very smart. He overspends, which makes him a liberal, more like Barack Obama. If John McCain were to have won the 2000 Republican primaries, then we would not be in this financial crisis right now.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  319. Mel

    McCain is a war hero (as we have been reminded thousands of times), but being shot down, captured by the enemy and brainwashed and tortured for 5 years are not qualifications for president. McCain has admitted to voting with Bush over 90% of the time, and has also admitted he knows little about economics, which is vital during this time of recession. Obama has shown to be more correct on the Iraq situation, with both General Petraus and the Iraqi government aligning with Obama's original views of Iraq. McCain had a chance to make his case for more experience, but shattered that by choosing Palin as his running mate. Some people may not agree with all of Obama's policies, but the country will face potential disaster if they choose McCain as president.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  320. michelle

    He means four years of the same....you betcha..wink wink

    October 27, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  321. Alan Kempf

    As I see it, same cracker, different box.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  322. debo

    Now we all know McCain is not george w. bush, but shares the philosophy as george w. bush that means he shares the same brain as bush, thus making same decision on both relevant and irrelevant issues like bush but still McCain is not bush. What else does it take to be a BUSH

    October 27, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  323. Paul Martin

    McCain refers to the fundamental GOP premise that a small & efficient federal government best serves the USA. Unfortunately, the GOP (and the Democrats) have strayed from this premise. Their error was interpreting small & efficient as a mandate to remove most governemtn safeguards designed to protect its citizens.
    Most GOPS conservatives, like myself, are fiscal conservatives that desire liberal & innovative programs that stimuate the critical aspects of our nation such as Improved education opportunities, Fair treatment and safe conditions in the workplace, Truth in advertising & lending.
    Last consertive leaving the GOP should turn out the lights to conserve energy.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  324. Linda

    John McCain has and is so close to George Bush that he runs into him everytime he stops! His ideas, his war monger ideas, his medical, tax, etc. ideas are the same, it would take a really out of touch person to not realize this.
    All I have to say is "Rock on Barak"! You're what America needs for change!!
    By the way go ahead and measure those drapes, tell Michelle to pick the color she likes!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  325. Mitzie - Cartersville, GA

    Senator McCain and President Bush both believed in our pre-emptive strike against Iraq. They also agree that some form of "victory" is acheivable. They both believe that we can bully nations we disagree with. They agree that tax cuts and de-regulation are the only economic policies the U.S. should pursue despite all proof to the contrary. Despite Senator McCain's disgust of the hateful campaign that President Bush launched against him in 2000, he agrees it is the proper tactic in his campaign against a Democrat. Obviously, on all the issues of major concern to the electorate, they agree.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  326. Corey Kepler

    The common philosophy for Republicans is "Charge and Spend."

    History shows us that under every Republican administration the national debt increases as a percentage of GDP and we take steps backward.

    So much for 'financial responsibility' in the Republican Party. What a joke.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  327. Candace from Richmond

    McCain has put his foot in his mouth and I love it. He's only doing Obama a favor the more he links himself to Bush the easier it is for Obama to just echo what he says. Just look at an Obama ad that he uses with McCain saying in his own words that he voted with Bush over 90% of the time and now all he has to do a week before the election is play that newer sound bite and it's a wrap. Come on McCain, just give up.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  328. Betty

    Well one thing he has in common with Bush this campaign cycle is the Misleading charecter attack ads. I guess he figured they worked for Bush so he would use it too. Sorry John NOT WORKING

    October 27, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  329. Dan

    I don't know. What did John McCain mean when he said that his policies would not be more of the same last 8 years ? All I can think of is that they believe in the story that in 2012 space ships will come down and mix and mingle with us humanly bodies trying to figure out how to get heat in the winter without paying OPEC for oil.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  330. Josh

    Just observe what the last 8 years did for us as a nation. There is your answer: war, further stratification of social classes, scandals and rampant corruption among other things. I don't think we can swallow another spoonful of "W" without vomiting. You get the picture Jack, you're a smart man.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  331. Garrett in NC

    I assume he is talking about the cowboy hawkish, fear-mongering, huge-debt accumulating, in-bed-with-big-oil, more-patriotic-than-thou, trickle-down-economics, homophobic, pro-life (except in war) and anti-intellectual philosophy espoused by the Republicans.

    Perhaps he needs to see a dermatologist about those scars...

    October 27, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  332. Lance Mayfield

    His comments on MTP, his VP choice, his knowing the fundamentals of the economy is good and wanting to continue a war that should have been ended the day after Sadam was caught is exactly why he is in last place in the race for President. In fact he is trailing his own VP pick....! From Lance in Missouri the "up in the air state".

    October 27, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  333. Dudro Georges

    John McCain simply means he will continue to isolate the US from the rest of the world and deepen the economy in more troubles.

    Dudro Georges in Montreal, Quebec Canada

    October 27, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  334. David, Seattle Washinton

    I'm not sure what he means by that Jack.
    But it wasn't that long ago that he shared a common tax policy with Obama.....
    "I am disappointed that the Senate Finance Committee preferred instead to cut the top tax rate of 39.6% to 36%, thereby granting generous tax relief to the wealthiest individuals of our country at the expense of lower- and middle-income American taxpayers." – John McCain Senate floor statement, May 21, 2001

    But 7 years ago he didn't consider himself to be a socialist.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  335. Edwin

    He meant that McCain and Bush, both Republicans, share the share idealogies. They believe that if the wealthy are given enough perks to hire minorities or disabled personnel, keep their offices stateside and/or provide competitive wages, that their employees would benefit and this country would prosper. Unfortunately, that tactic didn't seem to work the last 8 years. Just because they have an elephant as a mascot, doesn't mean they should suffer from a bad memory.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  336. A.J

    Even though i am a 13 year old just by watching the news I can't seprate the same political issue with Bush and Mcain
    But when I see Todd in every event with Sarah it reminded me of
    "Mr.10% of Pakistan" who just came in power

    October 27, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  337. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    It means that they make a lovely couple.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  338. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    There is NO difference betweem them, McSame wants to be King George III and continue the destruction of this country!! Don't be fooled by them, change they are NOT!!!!

    Obama will bring real change, not more platitudes of "change"

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    October 27, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  339. ryan

    It's simple what McCain is saying, and that is he and Bush are the same, only different. Anyway a 27% approval rating is still more than half.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  340. Perry C. 18, Cincinnati, OH

    It means Mccain's gonna bring a fresh, new shovel to continue digging the hole President Bush has us in.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  341. American-desi

    Its simple, he is telling us that we'll be following the same "Bush philosophy" for another 4 years, but instead of "Bush philosophy" call it "McCain philosophy" - in short, no change at all except a name (changing from President Bush to President McCain) - wake up America - we had enough of "Bush philosophy" - push the Bush (philosophy) out!!!!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  342. Rodger B. Null

    It means more money for the aristicracy, less for the rest of us.

    I also have a question: does anyone in this country actually know the meaning of Marxism or Socialism ? I have lived under a Facist goverment (extreme socialism) and in several socialist countries. Why is leveling out the tax burden socialistic?

    Rodger B. Null

    October 27, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  343. Larry

    It means that Obama was right when he said "a vote for John McCain is a vote for more of the same." Now we've heard it straight from the horse's mouth. It's the most valid point McCain has made to date and it accurately describes his whole campaign.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  344. Robin S., Weston, Florida

    For one thing, McCain and Bush both believe in financial de-regulation and "trickle-down" economics, which means the middle class pays the highest share of the haul in taxes, while the wealthy class gets all of the breaks. The middle classes don't get pensions anymore, instead we have been advised by our great leaders that we should stash 20% of our hard-earned income in a 401(k) investment account so as not to be a burden on society one day. Mine lost 30% of its value in the last month. If that isn't a redistribution of wealth, I don't know what it.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  345. Joseph

    He is truely going to give us another 4 years of the same. Barack has challenged him over and over again, to show how different he is from Bush...he (John McCain) has failed to tell us. I am a conservative, but to have 12 years of this....mm mmh!!!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  346. will

    Birds of a feather flock together

    McCain and Bush are two of the same

    They are twins. Does McCain have an exit strategy for the flawed war in Iraq? Same as Bush. Keep the course..... our soldiers will come home in victory. Give me a break!

    McCain = no change

    Obama/Biden 2008

    October 27, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  347. Roy Benstead

    By telling us he shares the philosophy of George W Bush, he is telling us that he does not want to be President of the United States of America.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  348. Kathie, Houston Tx

    Jack it means that they were siamese twins at birth and between the two of them, they still only have half a brain!!!!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  349. Christopher Kulkusky

    It seems to me that McCain is contradicting himself by saying this. How can he base his philosophies on being this supposed "maverick" when he turns right around and then says that he shares the same philosophies as President Bush? I would assume that McCain is saying that he and Bush both support the core beliefs of the Republican party, and that would be fine...if it didn't make him sound hypocritical. Then again, I can't even imagine thinking like a Republican so maybe I'm not the right person to make a call on that one.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  350. Jake from kentucky

    They share the same philosophy of "white entitlement" where they see themselves to have some self inflicted view that they deserve this position because of there family lineage! True self serving, egomaniacs! "Pawns can dream, but they can never be kings"!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  351. Ralph Nelson

    Greed and selfishness for the rich and big business. Ralph, Yakima, WA.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:23 pm |

    hi! when their singing the same song, what should we expect from sen mccain straight talk he will continue bushs policies. caolyn, ca.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  353. Lezly

    He means the rich will continue to get richer & the middle class & poor will continue to reap the benefits of trickle down economics. So far, trickle down has left us wet & cold.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  354. Amos Annan

    More of the same, giving money to big business and supporting uncontrolled capitalism.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  355. psittacines


    It means support big business with as many dollars as you can and hope that it trickles down to the mainstream Americans in economic trouble.....

    It means shoot first on the international scene and then spend the following months justifying why you pushed the war machine into action in the first place.....

    It means palaver about family values and then play the smoky backroom political game to the max–claiming Christian ideals but not treating others as you would have them treat you....


    October 27, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  356. Daniel from Ventura

    Obama said it best, finally a little straight talk

    October 27, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  357. Joe

    Some of McCain's recent Bush bashing has not gone well with the party loyalists.This is McCain's desperate way of distancing himself from Bush without alienating the republican base. Unfortunately it only sends mixed signals and is not working.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  358. Joe Rogers

    St. Petersburg, FL

    What a joy it is to see a "senior moment" blazing so brightly with

    truth. Thanks, Senator McCain, for using "straight talk" once again.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  359. Chris Johnson

    Jack, The reality is that this fundamental statement illustrates the problems not just of John McCain, but of the entire right wing. The common philosophy has long been the achilles heel of the Rebuplican party. The GOP often takes somewhat insignificant issues and makes them the basis of their common beliefs. Issues such as abortion, religion in schools and standing agaist same sex couples have narrowed the Rebuplican Party for decades, however the one issue which helped give the party wider apeal was the issue of lower regulation on the market place and free markets to guide themselves. Now that this "common philosophy" has been exposed, the polls are showing what most peoplethink of the rest of the republican beliefs.

    Chris Johnson
    Dutch West Indies.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  360. Hylan Givot, Chicago, IL


    They both believe they can pull the wool over the Amercian peoples eyes for another eight years.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  361. Popo Hippolyte, Orlando Fl

    It simply means that " they've tested him and he's going to test themas well and they know it "

    John McCain

    October 27, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  362. Liz

    Jack, its simple he's just trying to tell voters what we've already known for a while. He's letting us know once more that he'll be the third Bush in the White House if elected president.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  363. Paul - Arkansas

    Don't they also share the same approx class rank (graduation)? Once in the bottom of the class, always in the bottom of the class. Guess that explains the creativeness behind their policies.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  364. Lois in Virginia

    He means winning is all that's important. Serving the people of the country after winning isn't anything Bush or McCain ever planned on doing. Do whatever it takes to win the big office and get the big bucks. That's all that matters to people so rich they don't even know how many houses they own.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  365. BM

    McCain/Palin's name calling,robocalls,clan like rallies are very dangerous.It appears that these two are attempting to start world war three here in the US. They have no business being in control.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  366. Jack Hunsucker

    Sure, they both subscribe to the philosophy that if the wealthy get wealthier, some of the loose change will spill out of their pockets and trickle down to the rest of us.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  367. Ian K.

    What it means is that he is willing to say whatever it takes to win. You will note that when it suits him, McCain is a "Maverick", bucking the reins of the party line. Unless he is courting the base, when he is dedicated to the party line.

    The Republican agenda seems to say they are for small government, however we have seen federal hands reaching more and more into our everyday lives. They say they want to leave some decisions to the states (Abortion as an example), however they continue to pressure California over their State law recognizing the right to use Medical Marijuana.

    In the end, McCain truly DOES represent the Republican philosophy, doing whatever it takes to win, and then using their position of power to reward big business and corporate interests.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  368. Jim

    They are both good in making a mess. Secondly they are both equally dumb.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  369. Mona Lisa

    why do we have to blame Bush for mccains mistakes?Alone or seperate they would both make the same mistakes because as Mccain put it they have the same philosophies on the Republican party! They are 2 peas in a pod but still peas even out of the pod because it is the same pod ! (smile)

    October 27, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  370. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    What philosophy? Their philosophy is blurred these days.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  371. Doug Helena, Montana

    Jack, it means the wealthy people will retain the power at the expense of the possibility that our country could fall apart. Even a religious person knows that greed is a sin. A democracy has to benefit all in order for it to work. Country first is misleading. We the people are the country.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  372. Martin Buffalo, NY

    What more meaning are you looking for Jack; Sen. McCain STRAIGHTLY means he and Pres. Bush share the same precepts.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  373. Alan

    When you vote for the party, you vote for the ideology–regardless of how much the candidate promises change. John McCain is still a republican and a vote for McCain-Palin, is a vote for the party line…and the Bush policy.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  374. Bill Blatt

    Only McCain knows what he really means, but I my simple opinion is that he wants to "save" the votes that would come from people who voted for Bush in 2004 but have been disappointed or disenfranchised by the behavior of our government over the last four years. It is a political reality that he must distance himself from the reigning duck while still looking and sounding like a duck himself.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  375. Alan

    Obviously it means that he agrees with Bush about what the capital R stands for: tax cuts for the wealthy, deregulation for the wealthy, drilling for oil to fight global warming, appointing right-wing justices, gutting the middle class, alienating allies, and more illegal wiretapping. And what does he call this package? Hold on to your seats for this one... CHANGE.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  376. Steve (Houston, Tx)

    It means more wars that we shouldn't be in, more de-regulating, probably our health care system next, more tax cuts for the super wealthy with the hope that some scraps may trickle down on us middle class folks, and more divisive politics. The Republicans had a blank check for six of Bush's 8 years and they doubled our deficit, but they want to classify the Democrats as the "tax and spend" party. What a laugh!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  377. Martin, Miami

    it means:
    bigger debt and deficit,
    War anywhere in the world,
    more outsourcing,
    bigger CEO bonuses,
    Social Security in wall st.,
    less health insurance,
    corporate tax breaks,
    drill baby drill and more oil dependence,
    Neo Cons,
    Math, science and liberals are evil, and
    China is our new master.

    The list goes on and on. Their philosophy will do anything to make the world hate our government.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  378. derick

    Lets keep the money between the rich, richer, and richest.....or else!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  379. Suzanne, HarrisonburgVA

    I know McCain and Bush shared the same low GPA in school and it is said that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.......so there you go!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  380. Glenn

    bush called for more Deregulation, Allen Greensan calls for derivatives.McCain voted with bush 90% of the time. is this a formula for continuing the prosperity of America.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  381. Stan

    Their common philosophy is "Win at all costs, the nation be damned, I just want to be president."

    October 27, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  382. Nani

    Jack, He is handing out the independent voters to Obama. As if palin is not finishing the job. He basically Said "WAKE UP AMERICA I AM GEORGE BUSH."

    From Va

    October 27, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  383. John Collinsville, IL.

    Jack it means John McCain will say or do anything to become president. It seems the republican philosophy is a sort of enigima machine were only a few have the ciphers to encryptions. I suppose he beleives in what ever helps him not the country!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  384. Tony

    Just 90% of the time

    October 27, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  385. Marian

    The republicans have broken the back of this country. Senator Obama will put a stop to the greed and disregard for the middle income people. It will be a great day when the Republicans lose all of their seats. The rich have prospered enough!
    Remember, Mccain has voted 90% of the time with Bush. We must not forget or for give that . Too many Americans are suffering because of the Bush/Mccain policies to makethe rich richer and to hell with the hardworking people who pay more tax then the rich.ENOUGH!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  386. Paul in Nevada

    It means that the neo-con era of national government and governance is over, and that the majority of American voters have become smarter. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Voters will not stand to be fooled a third time.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  387. Paul

    The Republican philosophy has always been "What's good for business is good for America". Well, business has no social conscience. Business feels no obligations to its workers. American business pays their executives the highest in the world and ship jobs overseas – not just manufacturing, but white color jobs as well.

    Anyone who believes that having the top 5% of American earners pay higher taxes would ruin the economy, obviously doesn't have a lot of empathy for the other 95%. Anyone who doesn't believe that giving 95% of Amrican workers more money to spend would help the economy is simply out-of-touch... like John McCain.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  388. Tim Beamer Hayden Idaho

    George McCain......Dress it up any way you want but its just another washed up Republican riding the wave that Ronald Regean started. Trickle down economics don't work. The greed in corprate America proves that!! Jesse Ventura 2012

    October 27, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  389. Bill

    Bush may have the lowest popularity rating at 27%, but the Democratic led Congress has a much lower rating...so who should McCain align himself with???

    October 27, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  390. Ren, San Diego

    That McCain had voted, not 90, but 92% of the time with Bush.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:43 pm |
  391. Stan from Austin

    The common philosophy is "Me first, country last."

    October 27, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  392. Louise in Arizona

    McCain how much shame are you going to allow to come upon you.
    McSane is it worth it?

    October 27, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  393. sad and mad

    the common thread-more for the rich, less for the middle class and nothing for the poor–the Republican Party credo.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  394. Corey Kepler - San Diego, CA

    The common philosophy for Republicans is “Charge and Spend.”

    History shows us that under every Republican administration the national debt increases as a percentage of GDP and we take steps backward.

    So much for ‘financial responsibility’ in the Republican Party. What a joke.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  395. Chris from Savage MN

    I don't think he knows, so how are we to? It's just another one liner that he can't back up with facts.. Kinda like, I know how to win this war, fix the economy and find Osama Bin Laden... Or maybe he's keeping it a secret until AFTER the election?

    October 27, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  396. Glenn in Texas

    They both are full of rhetoric, talking points, play on peoples fears, and avoid discussing the real issues. Oh yeah, and they both told us the economy was fundamentally strong... Dumb and Dumber.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  397. Yvonne

    It's very hard to separate frick and frack.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  398. Jean OK

    It's like McCain and Bush riding on a train, on the wrong track – headed for more destruction. Bush wanted to be a ruler, all McCain wants is to catch the Golden ring to satisfy his need to accomplish what he failed to do the last time (thanks to his buddy Bush & Rove's dirty politics–that disgustingly McCain himself is now throwing out there against Obama/Biden). People have wised up, will not work – way too much in common.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  399. henry

    Jack if George Bush is a D student then what would that make Mc Cain? people are what or who they hang around

    October 27, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  400. Lani

    McCain is a great American. He has fought hard for this country and will guide us through this dangerous time. Palin will be a wonderful vice president. She is a reformer that we desperately need.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  401. Diego - Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

    What John McCain means is that they both share the same vision of who is first, second, and third priority. The rich come first. They get tax cuts, laws, and etcetera. Then come the religious and poor. they are the type of people who tag along to the posse and think they're included but actually aren't. And then come the rest. They're just the middle class who work in oil fields, factories, and farms to keep the rich fed, supplied, and driving. He and Bush will both cut taxes for the rich, and keep level if not raise them for the rest.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  402. Tom

    To Put it simply it means "More of the Same"

    October 27, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  403. James Michaelson

    Darn Right, Jack–They are both STUPID! Neither one could find their but with both hands nor come up with impeccable solutions or manage government fiscal policies. Change the name from Washington, D.C. to Crookland, D.C.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  404. Diane Ghil

    McCain is the second coming of George Bush – out to make the rich richer.
    For all of those GOP money men – trickle down economy does not work when regulations are thrown out the window.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  405. Trevor Frampton

    Jack, I believe that when he says they share the same philosophy, he's talking to the idea that by cutting taxes on big business, jobs will be created and the economy will grow. However, I think, as Bush has so eloquently proven, the philosphy is flawed and false. We are now seeing unbelievably high job losses and a lot of these companies that have received tax breaks have still relocated offshore. The other have of the Republican philosophy is small government, but again, Bush has redefined that philosphy. If McCain agrees with the Bush version of the Republican philosophy, we can expect to continue to see record defecits, layoffs and foreclosures. Nothing will change if he shares the same philosophy as Bush.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  406. T in the Big D

    I'd like to see these scars he keeps talking about!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  407. Gene F.

    Dear Jack,
    Aside from voting with George W. about 90% of the time, he (just like W.) until recently, was claiming that our economy was sound. I don't know what planet he comes from - but our economy has been in serious trouble for a number of years. Just ask one of the people who are no longer employed, or have lost their home due to forclosure
    how they have felt about our "GREAT ECONOMY".
    Then we have to look at his pledge to stay in Iraq for as long as it takes!!!! Securing the oil interests for their big oil buddies, is not worth the loss of life nor the huge amounts of money that have been wasted thus far.
    We need a drastic change in our leadership, and we need it NOW!!!

    Gene F.
    Roichester, Michigan

    October 27, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  408. Lindsay

    It means they rely on smear campaigns and fear tactics rather than focusing on the issues and what is best for the majority of the American people.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  409. Margaret, Austin, Texas

    8 years of Republican Majority in Congress. George Bush Jr., and an economy that is belly up from Republican deregulation...that is the philosphy that John McCain share with the Republic Party. Tax breaks to the rich and corporations do not produce "Trickle Down Economy". It produces a big bailout bill to the middle class and our children's children for the next century.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  410. Jim Kahn from Portland, Oregon

    McCain doesn’t want me to vote for him, he wants me to vote against Obama. His speeches don’t ask me to vote for him because of this or that; it’s more to vote against Obama because of this or that! I get no comfort, no assurance and no confidence in his speeches, all I get is anger and bitterness. It’s in his words, his body language and in his overall attitude about the election. That’s not my idea of what we need as a president, a representative or a leader for our country.

    Jim Kahn
    Portland, Oregon

    October 27, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  411. deborah burge

    sounds like history is repeating itself again , funny how in Germany the people all were mesmerized by Adolf Hitler's so called great speeches and were did it lead them ?? and Obama's change is exactly socialist to bad people are so naive and blind have mercy on this country!!!

    October 27, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  412. Eli Oklahoma

    I don't think McCain knows what he he stands for.

    October 27, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  413. Bob Huesman

    I was going to vote for Sen. McCain in 2000, probably would have been a GREAT PRESIDENT. I was considering him this election cycle, until that is he started playing up to the ultra-right. Then he picked Gov. Palin as his running mate, and that solidified my vote for Sen. Obama. I've had it with the Republicans. It is time for a Change.

    October 27, 2008 at 6:00 pm |