The GOP Candidate in What's Supposed to Be a 'Democratic Year'

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George Bush has a disapproval rating of 69%, the worst presidential rating in the history of the Gallup Poll.  The Wall Street Journal/NBC survey shows that just 27% of voters like the Republican Party. But it also indicates that the Republicans' presumptive presidential nominee, John McCain, who promises more of the same, runs nearly even against Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.  Are the political media giving McCain a free ride?  Is he really the "maverick" he's made out to be? We hear about tax cuts, the economy and what he means by "victory" in Iraq. Once the Democrats resolve their nomination fight, will the campaign focus on issues, or will it all be about personality and image?

Credits

Guests:
Jackie Calmes - New York Times - @calmesnyt, Dana Milbank - Washington Post - @Milbank, Cliff Schecter - Daily Beast - @cliffschecter, Harlan Ullman - Atlantic Council, David Winston - Winston Group - @dhwinston

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Katie Cooper