September 25th, 2007
11:15 AM ET
11 years ago

Report: Bush giving Clinton, candidates advice on Iraq

President Bush is attempting to advise Clinton on Iraq, according to the Washington Examiner.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is reportedly receiving advice on Iraq from an unlikely source: President Bush.

White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten tells The Examiner's Bill Sammon that the president has been urging the New York senator and some of the other candidates not to "get yourself too locked in where you stand right now. If you end up sitting where I sit, things could change dramatically."

According to the newspaper, Bolten said the president wants to see to it that his Iraq policy continues, at least in part, even if a Democrat moves into the White House in January of 2009.

"He wants to create the conditions where a Democrat not only will have the leeway, but the obligation to see it out," Bolten tells Sammon for his new book, The Evangelical President.

According to the report, the president is mostly distributing his advice through top aides.

Bush himself told Sammon he plans on making the hard decisions before his successor arrives and added, “And then that person is going to have to come and look at the same data I’ve been looking at, and come to their own conclusion.”

The Clinton campaign has yet to return CNN's request for comment.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Iraq • President Bush
soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. Carlin Kaufman, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

    I think that instead of listening to somebody who has famous quotes like "we must ask ourselves: is our children learning?" she should listen to her husband

    September 26, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |


    September 26, 2007 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Kristian J., Prattville, Alabama

    Know for cetain what not do? If Hillary listened to Bush, maybe her newly gained knowledge on Iraq, would make her look less like an idiot. You can't think that Hillary would honestly run this country better than Bush. I mean...Didn't the last Clinton Presidency end in a horribly messy scandel? And the whole 'I have strong family values' thing she has going on? That kinda gets thrown out when A: You don't live in the same house as your husband. and B: He's cheated on you, but you don't want to admit it. The LAST thing America needs right now, is Hillary Clinton preaching about Values that she does not practice herself.

    September 26, 2007 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. my911call, Wilmington, NC

    CNN's headline is an insult to our intelligence. Deliberate misleading headlines that (a) feed the Hillary Haters and (b) misrepresent the story. Bush IS NOT just giving Clinton advice (doesn't even say that it's asked for) his people are giving many candidates advice. Shame on you CNN!

    September 26, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Daniel Corsivo, Fort Stewart, GA

    Wasn't not so very ago that bush said the he had no doubt in his mind that his party would win the next presidential election? Hmmmm....

    For Bush to say no to "get yourself too locked in where you stand right now. If you end up sitting where I sit, things could change dramatically", shows just how much faith he has in his own statements.

    On an off side not, don't vote for the popular candidate, come election time, vote for the candidate that will make the biggest difference, Democrat, Republican, or otherwise.

    September 26, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Robert, Hanover, NH

    Edwards is right, Hillary IS Bush light–just listen to her talk about Iraq in the debates;she sounds like Bush's spin manager in DC

    September 26, 2007 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Bernadine, San Bernardino, Ca.

    After reading some of your responses, We need to take our country back and vote them all out dem and repub, and of all the ones running for pres. that seems real and doesn't sound like both side of the partys, and I am going with the lesser of two evils, I would vote for Ron Paul, Why does it have to be the one who gets the most money to win. ya vote Ron Paul, check him out on his web.

    September 26, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
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