October 15th, 2008
08:11 AM ET

McCain just can't get away from Bush

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Steve Brusk
CNN Senior National Editor

Probably not the product placement John McCain was looking for.

McCain is in New York, preparing for Wednesday’s final presidential debate. His Manhattan hotel happens to be next to the Ziegfeld Theatre, the site of Tuesday night’s premiere of Oliver Stone’s new biopic about President Bush, called “W."

McCain has tried to distance himself at times from the President on the campaign . But he left the hotel to attend a fundraiser just as the red carpet arrivals for the premiere were getting underway. People were already lined up next to signs like, “W: A Life Understood” for the inaugural showing, just as the candidate walked out of the hotel.

McCain's motorcade then passed directly in front of the main entrance to the theater, just ten feet from the red carpet itself. But he didn’t have any close calls with the celebrities.

CNN producer Peter Hamby, staying in the McCain hotel, saw Stone arrive outside his hotel room window. If McCain had any reaction, reporters weren’t able to see it.

Filed under: John McCain • Raw Politics • Steve Brusk
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Scott Orlando, FL

    Bush and McCain, twins separated at birth. Still have the bond, still have the same mentality, this relationship runs deep.

    October 15, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  2. Dan Stewart

    He voted with Bush 90% of the time.
    On the issues he split with the President on, he ended up capitulating on most of them. McSame is a typical Republican, same as Bush, same as Cheney, bad for the economy, bad for national security and bad for this country.

    October 15, 2008 at 1:01 pm |
  3. kevin

    McInsane should run and hide his face yes, because he is the second comming of Bush, he should hide in McShame because he wants to do the same as the Bush did, destory this great country.
    McInsane has no idea how to lead this country and should tell the truth that Obama will make a better President then him.. Now, Look at Sarah Palin she is a true joke, and on the judgement to who would be able to handle the job of the Presidency if and when McInsane in the Membrane past, do American really believe the Mavericky Palin can do anything for the country. No wonder other nations a laughing at us.

    October 15, 2008 at 12:16 pm |
  4. Ken

    Where's the movie that demonizes President Clinton? Nor should there be. It is a gross disrespect for the office. To write an article telling us that Senator McCain drove past a theater in order to get a purposed political point across is really reaching. I am embarassed for the integrity of my country's news media. We deserve better than this. To give Stone any legitimacy is quite astounding.

    October 15, 2008 at 10:34 am |
  5. Brenda Harris

    Apples don't fall far from the tree.

    October 15, 2008 at 9:39 am |
  6. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    I think you guys at CNN shoudl at least respec my comments
    The only way McCain is going to get away from ole G W Bush is by directly clearly and consisly attacking G W Bush aggressively, by getting rid of Palin and by adopting Democrat policies. This of course would mean alienating the Right Wing religious and neo-con fiscal conservative base of the Republican Party that worked so very hard to get us all into this mess in the first place.

    October 15, 2008 at 9:23 am |
  7. Cindy

    McCain is no where near Bush in the republican's eyes. It is the dems who want to think that. The reality is that McCain is his own man. And everyone at one point or another will agree on something on the issues. Heck even Obama has close ties to Bush on some issues.


    October 15, 2008 at 8:39 am |
  8. chuck

    If you've been bitten by a poisonous snake ,how can you survive in a desert. This is the same boat that John McCain finds himself in.He is branded as a Republican after straying away from the Democratic fold.People fail to realise that John McCain was a Democrat and turned his back on his party. Once you have participated in the drinking of Bush's coolade then the mark of the beast is branded on your forehead. John McCain is preaching night and day that he stands up against his own party and this is scary because if he can do that,then he can do it on anyone in public and private.His idea "it's my way or the highway" is certainly not working and Americans have made up their minds already about "CHANGE THEY NEED" and John McCain is just another term of George Bush because he is running under the Republican banner.

    October 15, 2008 at 8:37 am |