November 4th, 2007
02:09 PM ET
6 years ago

Former President Bush: Clinton may not be nominee

Clinton still has not clinched the Democratic nomination according to former President Bush.

(CNN)–Although some are ready to predict that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, will be the 2008 Democratic nominee, former president George H.W. Bush says not so fast.

"I had thought a few weeks ago that she was almost a gimme, as we say in golf, for the nomination. I'm not sure I feel that way now." Bush made the comments in an interview with Chris Wallace aired on 'Fox News Sunday.'

"There seems to be more kind of internal, in her own party–seems to be more willingness to take her on and argue about stuff," he said.

When Wallace asked Bush whether his friendship with former president Bill Clinton, would make it more likely for him to be less critical of Clinton's wife, Bush disagreed. "I do have a good relationship with Bill Clinton, and I've enjoyed working with him on charitable causes, Katrina and tsunami and all fo this. And I might say I even enjoying playing golf with the guy," he said. "But just as he's not going to tiptoe about his differences with [President George W. Bush], I wouldn't tiptoe with my differences with him."

Former Presidents Clinton and Bush both traveled together extensively in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in Asia, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, to raise money and awareness for recovery efforts.

Bush, the father of President George W. Bush, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, taped the interview at his presidential library on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

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Filed under: Bill Clinton • George H.W. Bush • Hillary Clinton • Race to '08
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. james, new jersey

    Look, I will be honest.

    If Hillary got the nomination, I just won't vote. I will just no longer care.
    Don't give me that it is my duty blah blah stuff. If a race came down to Clinton vs. Giuliani..... a shrewd liar vs. a megalomaniac moron. Either way this country is screwed....so I just don't care.

    November 5, 2007 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  2. Hugos Dallas TX

    And Jimmy Carter becomes the Secretary of State, and Iran takes over the USA. Yes, sounds like a real Mondale plan.

    November 5, 2007 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  3. colin742 New York

    She started strong, but will wither and fade. There is absolutely no way she will be the nomination, what are people thinking? I guess there are really only a couple morons that believe it.

    November 5, 2007 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  4. MIKE ADKINS,CHARLOTTE,NC

    leave it to a one term president and big loser like george h w bush to open his trap about hillary clinton. his kid is going down as the worst president ever along with the worst administration ever. even worse than his. with any luck, the next time he goes sky diving he won't have a parachute. the sad part is that george w bush doesn't skydive because he could go for father and sons day. we need to agent orange the bushes out of politics forever.

    November 5, 2007 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  5. Walter Az

    Hillary doesn't have "Staying" power. She can only last as long as people don't object or question her and when they do it is "pile on" or negative campaigning. For some reason she thinks that we can't see that she does the same thing. What a Hypocrite! but I will agree she is smart she knows how to "work" the system and the Spin Master has a ton of Smoke and Mirrors, but does she have any substance. Can any Hillary supporters tell me what she has done for Health Care in the 14 years she has worked on it??????? or did she give up on that and then start again, yea she sure can get things done! also what experience does she have? the fact that she was married to the president doesn't automatically give her experience! and what position did she hold in the Clinton Administration? and what did it entail I don't remember hearing of any position.

    November 5, 2007 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  6. David, California

    This appearance on Fox news is typical of the Bush tactics for the last 8 years. They like to manipulate the news and media to get the public to go their way!
    First, they said she would win the nomination (because they didn't think she would) and now, they know she will win unless they change the momentum again to say she won't win.
    Don't believe what others think. Watch for the republicans to start saying this more. It Is POLITICS. This is a democracy and everyones vote counts.
    I am voting for Hillary, because she is the best candidate period. Everyone can attack, lie, spread rumors about her, say she won't win, but I know she will.

    November 5, 2007 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  7. Zoom

    At least one wise man is talking about reality rather than the narative of the lobbyist and the MSM.....

    November 5, 2007 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  8. Roger Uville oh

    And we still havn't heard from the family witch, Barbara.

    November 5, 2007 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  9. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Given the fact that his own son's presidency has been such a complete failure (much like the son himself) G. H.W. Bush's take on the political situation is pretty meaningless. Heck, he couldnt even hold to his own set for more than 1 term. All the Bush's need to fade away into the sunset if they want to do what is best for the country. They are the most dishonest and corrupt people in American politics.

    November 5, 2007 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  10. Karen,ny

    COLIN 724... I agree with you. I've made my decision and I will vote for Hillary because I really don't want the Republicans getting back in and finishing off what is left of our country.

    November 5, 2007 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  11. William A Halifax N.S.

    "There seems to be more kind of internal, in her own party–seems to be more willingness to take her on and argue about stuff," he said.

    It is clear the apple does not fall far from the tree where English Grammar and the Bush Family are concerned! Seems odd given that Laura is a teacher and Barbra a Stalwart, Army, General and Chief.

    November 5, 2007 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Santosh

    Why are liberals so classless these days? I rememeber a time when they were the intellectuals and now they speak like "hooligans." Just take a minute to read down this blog.

    I never hear the President or any of the people all of you keep chastising ever stopp to this level when they express their criticism of their opponents. And you wonder why Dems have done so badly in Presidential elections for a long time? Regardless of where you stand on the issues, America will not elect someone that doesn't have class. The Dems should really talk more about issues and cut back on the personal attacks if they want to win.

    November 5, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Sure, the Democrats are questioning and discussing the issues among themselves ... this is the party of intelligent thinkers, willing to debate and welcome diverse ideas ...

    Its the GOP that demands blind loyalty to the party – no discussion or questions allowed. Party loyalty first – country always a distant second...

    Yeh, Father Bush willing to use Clinton's coat tails while traveling the globe – forgetting Bill had the class to give the old man the only bed while he slept on the floor on the plane ...

    Never met a Republican who could disagree with someone without getting nasty.

    November 5, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. James, San Antonio, TX

    H.W. Bush, what happened to Congressman H.B. Gonzales after he introduced Impeachment Proceeding against You for your SCREW UP on the first Iraqi Invasion, Desert Storm? Care to bring this matter to light?

    November 5, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. sm312

    Yes, it is too early to tell who the nominee of either party will be. Let's just observe and see who we like.

    November 5, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Santosh

    TO Alice Newman:

    A party of intelligent thinkers? really?? Then how come according to the demographic data available from past Presidential elections, the GOP candidates seem to get more educated voters in recent decades? And do intelligent thinkers spend their entire debate trying to see who can slam President Bush more than the other, without any real alternative or policy proposals? Why is it that Republican and independent voters consist of more successful people then?

    "Never met a Republican who could disagree with someone without getting nasty." -You must have never heard of George Will, William Buckley or Milton Friedman. And while you're at it, read through this blog-do the Dems sound like people who are being decent?

    Quite frankly, the only candidates on either side that I've listened to speak thoughtfully are Sen. Biden and Gov. Huckabee.

    "Yeh, Father Bush willing to use Clinton's coat tails while traveling the globe – forgetting Bill had the class to give the old man the only bed while he slept on the floor on the plane …" -Did Former Pres. Bush say a single bad word about Pres. Clinton in his interview? That's pretty disingenuous on your part to make that up. And what coattails? Former Pres. Bush has comparatively better stature world-wide to begin with because he'd been much more invovled with world affairs throughout his long career in various posts. And by the way, wasn't it the son, current President Bush who appointed the 2 in the first place? So the only person with coatails her is President Bush himself.

    Really, this was meant to be a non-partisan appointment and I thought it would be one of the few nicer stories away from regular politics but again, some of you just insist on making dirt out of this noble initiative also. It shows true cynicism and negativity an no real care for the greater good. I'm speaking not only to you but to many on the right who've used this as a means to chastise Pres. Clinton or Pres. Bush for hanging out with him.

    Well, I hope this wan't too nasty for you or below "intelligent-thinking" standards for you?

    November 5, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Tom, ALBUQUERQUE, NM

    JUST FOR POSTERITY ACCURACY I WILL SAVE THE COMMENTS ON THIS PAGE. IT WILL BRING ME GREAT JOY ON NOV.5, O8 TO READ AGAIN SOME OF THESE CRAZY, FALLACIOUS PREDICTIONS OF HILLARY'S INCAPABILITY OF WINNING THE PRESIDENCY...ALL OF YOU NAYSAYERS COULDN'T BE MORE WRONG.

    November 5, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. M. Brathwaite. Virgin Islands

    The question the media should ask the voters of the U. S. "IS BARACK OBAMA WHITE ENOUGH TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES" I have been observing this presidential campaighn very carefully and it is evident to me that the overwhelming majority of the media is uncomfortable with the possibility that Mr. Obama has the audacity to think that he can lead America. He is able qualified and obviously ready to lead but the media is very uncomfortable with the possibility of a black man as president so they will push Hillary as much as possible and now that she is proving to be unelectible watch they look for another white alternative (Edwards, Biden or even Richadson the White hispanic. Go Obama you have the audacity to Hope and "that one day the nation will live out the true meaning of its creed" "all man are created equal".

    November 5, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Simone Franklin, PA

    All the wishin' and hopin' and thanking the Lord in the world won't change the fact that his message didn't resonate or excite the electorate.
    Eight weeks. Enjoy them.

    Posted By TheInsider : November 4, 2007 5:01 pm

    ----–

    TheInsider – you're the king of wishful thinking if you believe Hillary is going to coast into the nomination.

    Ironically – it wasn't the charges laid by her democratic opponents that have instigated her self-destruction... it was Hillary being herself. Dodging, waffling for all to see. Whenever a citizen asks her a tough question – she angrily calls him a "plant". But she happily takes softball questions from supporters.

    Howard Dean... Hillary Clinton... it's becoming a cliche' of presumed winners getting knocked off by their own doing.

    November 5, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    "JUST FOR POSTERITY ACCURACY I WILL SAVE THE COMMENTS ON THIS PAGE. IT WILL BRING ME GREAT JOY ON NOV.5, O8 TO READ AGAIN SOME OF THESE CRAZY, FALLACIOUS PREDICTIONS OF HILLARY'S INCAPABILITY OF WINNING THE PRESIDENCY…ALL OF YOU NAYSAYERS COULDN'T BE MORE WRONG.

    Posted By Tom, ALBUQUERQUE, NM : November 5, 2007 12:13 pm "

    ------

    I'm saving yours, Tom. When the day comes that Hillary Clinton is rejected by the American People (whether by her party or in the General Election) – I will re-post your words and ask you for comment.

    Will you be here or hiding because of embarrassment?

    November 5, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Santosh:
    "Why are liberals so classless these days? I rememeber a time when they were the intellectuals and now they speak like "hooligans."

    Are you kidding? Republicans are the party of Ann Coulter Rush Limbaugh, and just generally the hate filled Bible banging bigots of the religous right. And you are callig us classles hooligans. What a joke. Its obvious by your post that you're no flaming intellectual either. When you have some kind of comment that makes sense, post it. Otherwise, please, blog on Fox with the others who have IQ's that match their hat size!!

    November 5, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Jim Topeka, KS

    A Clinton Presidentcy would tear apart the nation. What a novel concept. To even think that the nation could be torn further apart than it is today. But then again when GW was awarded the throne the first time my basic response was well we are a graet nation, a solid nation, even this bumbling idot can not harm us all that bad in just one term. How clueless I was as to how much harm he could do.

    As a Republican I am glad to say the last Republican Presidential canidate I voted for was George HW Bush. And it would appear that will be the way it is for quite a while to come.

    The South has risen again, and the old Southern Democrates has stolen my party and placed their adgenda in front of the American people who gaze lovingly at it as a deer in the headlights of a car.

    November 6, 2007 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Mark E., Newport News, VA

    Are you kidding? Republicans are the party of Ann Coulter Rush Limbaugh, and just generally the hate filled Bible banging bigots of the religous right. And you are callig us classles hooligans. What a joke. Its obvious by your post that you're no flaming intellectual either. When you have some kind of comment that makes sense, post it. Otherwise, please, blog on Fox with the others who have IQ's that match their hat size!!

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! For every conservative talk show host there is a matching lunatic on the left (i.e. Rosey, the morons on "Air (Head) America", the left wing Hollywood luns.....they look classlses to me).

    It amazes me how dim-witted lefties get so rabid with the mention of simple buzz words their "handlers" have force-fed them over the last several years (i.e. Halliburton, FOX News, Gtmo, Patriot Act,.......) . Never mind those pesky contradictory little details. For instance, anyone who have been involved in Govt contracting knows there are few companies in the world capable of providing the logistical support for an Army on the other side of the planet. It was also a huge undertaking that is saddled with endless Federal Acquistion Regulations. Given the monumental restrictions, it was amazing what was accomplished. Yes, there were problems, but, then again for you lefties that think the Government has the answers to our problems....THINK AGAIN (for once).

    November 6, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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