WASHINGTON (CNN) - As President Bush's low popularity ratings looms over the Republican race, the White House hopefuls have said little during past debates about their commander in chief.
But Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo addressed what he thought Bush's role should be after he finishes his second term.
"Some time ago, 2003, I think it was, I got a call from Karl Rove who told me that because of my criticism of the president, I should never darken the doorstep of the White House," he said.
He added, "As president, I would have to tell George Bush exactly the same thing that Karl Rove told me" because he was so disappointed in various aspects of the President's program, including education and the prescription drug bureaucracy, as well as immigration reform.
Former Bush cabinet member Tommy Thompson said: "I would certainly not send him to the United Nations."
Thompson said the President's strengths of honesty and perseverance would be best used in touring America talking to the country's youth.
"I think he could be a wonderful spokesperson" for the virtues of public service, he said.
–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
The last people I'd want talking to America's youth would be ANYONE from the present Bush Administration.
Colin Powell? Although he toed the company line during his tenure as Sec'y of State, I still believe in the integrity of the man.
I have to give some credit to Tancredo and Thompson, they did what many of the other Republican candidates have failed to do and that is acknowledge the fact that President Bush didn't do his job to the fullest extent.
I believe this republican dedate showed exactly why I would not vote for any of these candidates.All three leaderes evaded the questions with complete ease.Offered no new solutions to all the unanswered problems that have plauged this country for years with one exceptions the illegal border crossins and they can not agree on that.....Please take our tax money and buy them all a one way ticket to Mars!
Tancredo's answer was great, although he butchered the delivery. However, the correct answer we were looking for was to make Bush the Secretary of Brush Clearing. That may well be the only job for which he's qualified and he can't hurt anyone but himself while performing his duties.