McCain admits Bush hurts GOP

John McCain (AP)
Sen. John McCain (AP)

John McCain wants it both ways.

The Arizona Senator and Presidential candidate admits President George W. Bush's low poll numbers hurt the Republican Party but still believes he can run for President on a platform of unqualified support for the unpopular Iraq war.

In doing so, he appears oblivious to poll numbers that show his own Presidential numbers heading south.

Writes James Prichard of The Associated Press:

Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Thursday he believes President Bush's low approval ratings are hurting the GOP yet won't affect the party's 2008 nominee.

"I don't think there's any doubt that when the president's polling numbers are low that it harms the Republican Party in general, but I think that when it comes election time that the overwhelming majority of Americans will choose their candidate on the basis of that individual candidate's qualifications, vision and record," McCain said in an interview with The Associated Press.

The president's numbers have fallen largely because of his stewardship of the Iraq war. On Tuesday, 11 moderate House Republicans met with Bush at the White House and bluntly told him that the war was unsustainable without public support and that it was damaging GOP political fortunes.

McCain, a four-term Arizona senator, said that despite what he called Bush's mismanagement of the war, "there's no doubt that, in my view, the president's not given credit for a healthy economy" or that there hasn't been another terrorist attack on the United States since Sept. 11, 2001.

"But life isn't fair," McCain said as he relaxed with a cup of coffee in the lobby of a hotel near the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. He campaigned in Michigan on Wednesday and Thursday before heading to Chicago on his way back to Washington.

He said voters not only consider candidates' qualifications and experience but also their performances in presidential debates.

McCain, without mentioning him by name, chided former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during a Republican presidential campaign debate last week over comments Romney made earlier about terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

Romney had said "it's not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars, just trying to catch one person" and advocated a broader strategy to defeat Islamic jihadists. McCain called the bin Laden comment "naive."

At the debate, Romney defended himself, saying "it's more than Osama bin Laden. But he is going to pay and he will die." McCain shot back that bin Laden was responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent Americans and "we will bring him to justice and I'll follow him to the gates of hell."

"We cannot allow a person to slaughter innocent Americans and not be dedicated to doing whatever is necessary to bring that person to justice," McCain said Thursday, explaining his debate comment.


  1. gene

    Above “McCain admits that Bush hurts GOP”. Now thats funny ie. the (black) pot calling the (black) kettle black. This carbon copy of Mr. “mission accomplishe” is dellusional, stupid, crazy and has sold his soul to the devil.

    McCain go dig a deep hole, jump in it and have some one cover you up. Make it near a plant so you could eventually become fertilizer. No….bad ideal, he would probably kill the planet.

  2. April-May

    And Lieberman could be his VP pick!

    McCain can’t find his ass with both hands.

    NRA Distinguished Life Member

  3. LurkingFromTheLeft

    …Bushie hurts more than the GOP –

    …he hurts the entire freakin’ universe –

    …and once again the GOP shows their true colours –

    …only caring about THEMSELVES –

    …hell, Bushie even hurts himself – he’s just too freakin’ dumb and stubborn to realize that – guess Kkkarl hasn’t whispered THAT in his big ears yet –


  4. Donnat

    Pandering to the very people who smeared him so unapologetically in 2000. How the mighty have fallen.

  5. Boots

    I’d like to give it to him both ways. The garbage he spews should be shoved down his throat then crammed up his butt.

    The “hero” of Vietnam is a screwball republican weasel. We don’t need him or any republican in office for a long, long time.

  6. April-May

    But that presumes that you can tell the one from the other!

    NRA Distinguished Life Member

  7. Razor

    Delusional phycophant, full of baloney. Posturing in hopes of his delusion transferring to the masses thus providing truth to his delusional imagination.

    McCain is repulsive and a disgrace to American Heritage. He is just another lying freeloader who has never had a real job. Someone should inform him that Osama isn’t hiding in a cave and has some magical ability to evade capture by the worlds mightiest military or Intelligence Organizations. That is dumb worse than dumb.
    If we truly was after Osama, he would be in jail awaiting trial. The FBI cannot issue an arrest warrant because they lack evidence that connects him to 911. What the media presented to viewers on 911 was all pre written before that terrible day. Never before in history has so much evidence been compiled immediately after an event and then shown repeatedly day after day untill the masses had it burned into thier minds that he did the deed. But, he did not and that is why he has not been brought to trial and never will be. He is a patsy just like Oswald or McVieh was, only he is close friends with the bush family so false arrest and conviction is out of the question. The other patsys were killed as they had no connections with any political pundits. Nothing bizar happens coincedentaly, it is designed to happen for political reasons that in the end always bring negetive results for american values and freedoms.