News Release: Politics

May 28,  2008

McClellan's Blast on Bush not Good for McCain

Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan's �What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington�s Culture of Deception� does not bode well for Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.

"I don�t know if it's possible for President Bush to get any less popular than he already is," says Emory political scientist Alan Abramowitz. "The publication of a critical memoir on the Bush White House reinforces the dilemma that McCain faces: How does he deal with Bush?

"Sen. McCain needs him for fund-raising and to appeal to the conservative, evangelical base. But, he needs to distance himself away from Bush to appeal to the 80 percent of the electorate that is deeply dissatisfied with the president."

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