(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
Bush has lost all relevance to the nation. If we can get through the next 14 months without a new war we would have done well. GOD be with us.
" a presidency that was lame duck until a national tradgedy occured " hendrick greenville nc,,,,,,, President bush was in office less than a year when terror hit the USA Hardly enough time to label a president lameduck don't you think ? History is important and as "the surrealist fort myers florida" says,, history book text will be written and based on reality and outcomes, but also facts. the legacy of this war and what it did or does to shape the world in the future will not be known for years. The USA has always stood with freedom and should never be afraid or become to PC to our ONE true and just quality. It is not enough to "GET BY" the next 14 months and consider that good enough. 20 years from now the world will look different than today, history books will have recorded George Bush's time as president and what effect it had on this country and the world. The one and only sentence any of us can count on being written at this point is,, " he stood the course of freedom "
WE HAVE ALL BEEN TRYING TO AVOID BUSH
Duh, Bush isn't in the race, Bubba. Put down the beer and pay attention.