With Barack Obama, it's his ties to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, or his comments about "bitter" small-town America. For Hillary Clinton, many American voters question her honesty and her trustworthiness.
But a new survey from the Wall Street Journal, finds a bigger problem in John McCain's ties to President Bush. In the poll, 43% of registered voters say they have big concerns that the Arizona Senator and Republican nominee-to-be, is too closely tied to the Bush administration.
That's being compared to other WSJ poll results. 36% say they have major concerns that Senator Clinton tends to change her positions on issues like driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, or NAFTA. 34% say they're bothered by Obama's "bitter" remarks. 27% told survey staffers they're worried Bill Clinton would have too much influence on America's policy decisions. And back to Obama, 32% don't care for the Illinois Senator's ties with Rev. Wright and 60s radical Bill Ayers.
But President Bush is seen as the biggest albatross heading into November's elections. Three of four Americans disapprove of the President's handling of the economy, and four of every five say in the poll, that the U.S. is already in a recession.
Pollster Peter Hart says, "Republicans will need every break they can get." One of those breaks may be McCain's strong attraction among independent voters.