November 4th, 2007
02:09 PM ET
10 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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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Gary, Detroit, Mich.

    Well you heard it first...on the "FAUX NEWS NETWORK"! Who's George H. endorsing? Ann Coulter?

    November 4, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Columbus, Olivette, MO

    The former president is right on! He understands that the future of this country is at stake! He has seen what prince George W. Bush has done to this country in the last seven years.

    He loves this country and wishes it well by subtly denouncing this Dynastic Project, which is aggressively being pursued by the media to crown queen Hillary. It is just not good for this country. Edwards, Obama, Biden, Dodd, or Richardson would perform exceptionally well. If Hillary is nominated I will will vote Republican to save the Republic from dynastic rule.

    November 4, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. jp, detroit, mi

    "'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."

    So... let me get this straight... people argue with her?... like, in a democratic debate or something? Were they supposed to hold hands and play with puppies instead?

    this is just silly.

    November 4, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Sarah

    Hillary's downward slide has begun. Those who support her have already decided. The 60% of undecided voters know enough about her to know that they will not support her. She has peaked, and it's all down hill from here.

    Thank the Lord.

    November 4, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. PollM, Dallas Tx

    Did Barack Obama's appearance on Saturday Night Live SNL change your mind or have any impact on your

    choice? -->

    November 4, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. PollM, Dallas Tx

    Did Barack Obama's appearance on Saturday Night Live SNL change your mind or have any impact on your

    choice? -->

    November 4, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. John NC

    How could Hillary possibly be President and keep her eye on Bill and the Interns at the same time?

    November 4, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |

    With all due respect Former President Bush, you couldn't be more wrong. Hillary and Bill have compose the most awesome political machine ever seen in America. They can't and they won't lose this one. To the dismay of all the Clinton critics, this one is in the bag. Take a look at the team, its nationwide strategy, the devotees to the Clinton aura. CAN'T LOSE..., Even the losers of the nomination will prove to be invaluable assets to HRC's victory.

    November 4, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Alexander, Washinton D.C., USA

    I believe George H.W. Bush is correct about Hillary Clinton being very unlikely to receive the nomination especially when more of her supporters examine her voting record and begin listening to what she actually says throughout the campaign trail. Most realize of her double-speak, which many Democrats find unattractive and very “suspect” especially in today's political climate.

    November 4, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Jen, Gainesville, FL

    Hillary will not be the democratic nominee. She is deemed "inevitable" according to the media. But the media has underestimated the collective intelligence of the American people. You will see my point on the election day.

    November 4, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Karen,ny

    Who really cares what any of the Bush's think, as if they can think. I doubt that very much.

    November 4, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Tell it, Poppy! She has only just begun to taste what serious political competition is all about, and they can't handle it. This dog won't hunt.

    November 4, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. TheInsider

    She has peaked, and it's all down hill from here.

    Thank the Lord.
    Posted By Sarah : November 4, 2007 4:04 pm

    Obama supporters seem to get their info from the antenna on top of their tin-foil hats.
    Back in the reality-based community;

    Obama 20%
    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.

    November 4, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. amy, Seattle, WA

    yes, all we need is the opinion of former president Bush. If he loved his country like some of you say, how was possible to support his son GWB for presidency? Twice! Sure, I anticipate replies like: Bill supports his wife for presidency. Perhaps, but to name at least one difference: Hillary is smart.

    November 4, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Maria, Houston

    Few weeks ago George Jr. predicted Hillary is getting the nomination and now Papa Bush is dropping her already?
    OMG, even Republicans are loosing faith in Hillary's inevitability!!

    November 4, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    I'm sorry, but asking Bush Sr. about a democratic candidate is not what I would call news. He'd rather see Jeb running than any democrat winning the race. Now if they asked another democrat whether she would be win the primary (eg. Al Gore.) then that might be credible news. But of course, I forgot, we are talking about Faux News. They would never do anything that makes sense. Someone really needs to go to Congress and pass a bill that declares what Fox does isn't to be called "news" as it isn't. You might as well call it the "GOP Daily Show" as it's not a real "News" broadcast. It makes ABC, CBS, NBC, even MSNBC look bad as they make a mockery of the profession. We have regulations on the labelling of products why not broadcasts?

    Telling it like I see it,

    November 4, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. Adelinson Pettersen, Miami Beach, Florida

    I completely agree with Former President Bush. Why should he not critizise Hilary Clinton when Bill Clinton critizises his son, President George W. Bush. And also, even though I am a Republican and I don't want any Democrat to challenge the Republicans, especially Hilary Clinton, I also thought a few months ago that giving her the nomination at the Democratic Convention was going to be only a formality. Now I'm starting to think otherwise about the New York Senator.

    November 4, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Sue in Michigan

    Of course Bush is going to sow seeds of discord...that is the new tactic, isn't it. "Democrats not as supportive of Clinton." When you can't beat'em, divide and conquer, and when that doesn't work, stir up some lies, throw 'em out there,a and see what sticks. And who really cares what Bush Sr thinks anyway-he spawned the nutcase in the White House.Democrats must be united behind our candidate, whoever she/he may be! Do not think that any Republican will reverse the insanity instituted over the past 7 years. Look at Pakistan! Read about the rights that have been taken away under "martial law" , look at the US, and then read Bush's EXEC. ORDER FROM JULY that allows HIM to declare martial law and take away the same rights here, as well as suspending elections! If he decides he must stay in power to save us from ourselves, you can bet some national emergency next October will let him do just that! BEWARE!

    November 4, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |

    Well, I sincerely hope George Sr. is wrong, because the only way for America to have a REAL President next term, is for Hillary to be Nominated, and when that happens, it will be RUDY in '08!!!

    November 4, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. Billary New York NY

    How would George Senior know this ? Are he and the Republicans planning to Purchase another Election ?

    November 4, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. pl. at the UN for a while.

    Dream on. If you cannot detect the political test going on now, then, I regret I have to tag you as the most naive among the naives.

    November 4, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  22. Gores Nashmill, GA

    So does George Senior and Ahmoudinejad got something going to rig this election like they did the last two ? To keep the Cowboys in office ? I thought the American People determined a qualified president ?

    November 4, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. Zukoro Atlanta GA

    George Senior and Walter Mondale. Real inspirations to the American People. Read my Lips.

    November 4, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. Barones New York NY

    Since Georgie Senior and Mondale Deluxe are clueless in Loserville, of course they want to make news by slamming Clinton, something like Edwards. Why don't we just call them the Leech Party.

    November 4, 2007 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. Kosean New York NY

    Get William Jefferson on the Campaign Trail. He is much better at it.

    November 4, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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