Rove: Saying ‘McCain Is George Bush’ ‘Lacks Credibility With A Wide Number Of Americans’

Appearing on Fox News today, former Bush adviser Karl Rove was asked about Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) similarities to President Bush. Rove said the argument that McCain somehow represents a third term of President Bush in fact “lacks credibility with a wide number of Americans”:

ROVE: The American people are prospective. They’re always looking forward. So if you try and say John McCain is George Bush, that simply lacks credibility with a wide number of Americans. All they know about John McCain is that he’s the maverick Republican senator who has often crossed swords with Bush and in fact ran against him in 2000. So I’m not certain claiming that McCain is Bush and therefore you ought to vote against McCain because he is Bush is a very credible argument.

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But a Americans are deeply concerned that McCain is too similar to Bush, who has a 71 percent disapproval rating. MSNBC reports on a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll:

[T]he bigger problem appears to be John McCain’s ties to President Bush. In the survey, 43 percent of registered voters say they have major concerns that McCain is too closely aligned with the current administration.

Furthermore, today marked the 86th day that Karl Rove appeared on Fox News as a political analyst without disclosure of his ties to McCain’s campaign.


While shilling for McCain, Rove took few digs at Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) ties to Rev. Jeremiah Wright — even twisting Obama’s statements. “Sen. Obama had previously said they [Wright’s comments] were not controversial,” Rove said. Actually, Obama stated, “I don’t think my church is actually particularly controversial.”

Read more about McCain’s third term of Bush here.