McCain struggles to court former Bush donors

Seems that along with conservatives in the Republican Party, McCain is having a difficult time convincing former Bush supporters and donors to open their checkbooks for his 2008 campaign.

The report from Bloomberg:

May 9 (Bloomberg) — Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, is struggling to attract money from some of the same industries that helped bankroll President George W. Bush’s record-setting fundraising.

Employees from the securities, construction, pharmaceutical and energy industries, who accounted for about a tenth of Bush’s money in 2004, are turned off by his record and giving more to his Democratic rivals, Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

“A significant percentage of your base Republican support, whether financial or otherwise, are not fans of McCain because of various things he’s done or said or sponsored,” said Republican consultant Eddie Mahe, who is supporting the Arizona senator. “Many of them don’t see Mr. McCain as being a lot better” than the Democrats.

Obama and Clinton each raised close to $11 million from the four industries through the end of March, compared with $6 million for McCain. In 2004, Bush raised three times more money from those sources than Senator John Kerry, the Democratic nominee that year.

This isn’t too surprising since McCain has been a mixed bag when it comes to supporting the interests of corporate America. Plus, he has made statements similar to Obama and Clinton about fighting some large industries such as drug companies and insurance.

  • OBAMA_SUCKS

    nate why cant we get this great video on here

    http://cameron.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/05/09/hulu-americas-election-hq-may-8-2008-americas-election-hq/

    It is a great video about John McCain and I think all should see it so NATE put it up

  • Sure, here it is:

    I know, not what you had in mind.. I’ll check it out

  • Michel

    Obama_S., here’s a great article for you.

    “Michael Dudley is the son of a preacher man.

    He’s a born-again Christian with two family members in the military. He grew up in the Bible Belt, where almost everyone he knew was Republican. But this fall, he’s breaking a handful of stereotypes: He plans to vote for Democrat Barack Obama.”

    Read the full article: “Young Evangelicals Abandoning GOP Over Iraq, Economy” here…

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2004406277_evangvote11m.html

  • Babs

    Nate, I know this article sounds like a negative for McCain, but in reality it just kills the Democrats argument that he is a third term of Bush, does it not? Yes, I think it does. =)

  • Michel

    I don’t think that is record speaks of a similarity between him and McCain. But I do think that doesn’t please the conservatives, and he’s trying the change many of his views to appeal the conservatives. Hence, acting a lot more like Bush. Iraq, Bush’s tax cuts, isolationists policies, preemptive strikes to preserve national security, keeping judges like the one Bush supported in the Supreme Court… the list goes on.
    He’s trying to look increasingly like him because that makes him much more attractive. Now, not many people believe in that act (his former plans to establish exceptions to the republican stance on abortion), and that is currently forcing him to be more convincing in his “I’m like Bush” act (repeating he campaigned and voted for Bush the two times, praising judges Ailto and Roberts and attacking liberal judges).

    So no, he isn’t Bush. But he needs conversatives, so he’s trying more and more to be like Bush. And the first step for that is the war. The latest step has been him trying to pull back his exceptions on the GOP abortion plank.

  • OBAMA_SUCKS

    Nate i wanted the video on its own story because i believe it would be a good video for everyone to see about McCain. So if you would be kind enough to make it a story then please do so, because now more and more past POW like Day are coming out to speak for McCain and i think all should truly know his story.

  • OBAMA_SUCKS

    Michel nice article but im not and never will be a big fan of the seattletimes for certain reasons you probaly can guess. Just look at the picture of the kid with the hat and youll see why i dont read newspapers from out there. Nice to see you got an article about that and I can find you millions of articles of Hillary supporters who know and hate obama and are voting Republican because the democratic party is not being smart in who they are giving the nominee to. So on both sides their is people like that.

  • Michel

    “I can find you millions of articles of Hillary supporters who know and hate obama and are voting Republican because the democratic party is not being smart in who they are giving the nominee to…”

    Please, DO post those. To be able to see both sides of the coin is always a great thing.