(CNN) - In two hours of heated exchanges among the eight men vying to take over his job, there was barely a mention of the man himself. In the CNN/YouTube Republican debate Wednesday night, no candidate directly referred to President Bush.
Though there were no questions to any of the candidates directly related to Bush or his record, two candidates did make passing reference to the current two-term Republican president.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani referred to Bush on an issue related to the economy and then Sen. John McCain of Arizona referred to the president in an answer regarding the power of the vice presidency.
Despite the lack of mention of Bush, the candidates did manage to mention Democratic rival Sen. Hillary Clinton, former President Ronald Reagan, and movie character King Kong.
– CNN Political Producer Xuan Thai