WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Gov. Tommy Thompson said jokingly said that if elected president, he would not send predecessor George W. Bush to the United Nations as an ambassador.
He made his comments at Tuesday's GOP presidential debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, co-sponsored by CNN.
Thompson went on to compliment President Bush's honesty and straightforwardness and said he would send Bush on a "lecture series talking to the youth of America about honesty, integrity, perseverance, passion and serving the public."
Thompson served as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services during Bush's first administration.
Supporters of President Bill Clinton suggested after he left office in 2001 after two terms that he might want to serve as U.N. Secretary-General. That speculation of course was tempered when President Bush was elected to the White House in 2000 and 2004.
- CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai