December 20th, 2007
03:45 PM ET
3 years ago

George W. Bush, presidential political pundit

Watch Bush engage in some political punditry.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Bush may not be weighing in on the current presidential contest, but Thursday he offered a rare glimpse into how he’d like to vet his successor.

In this clip from the President’s Thursday press conference, Bush explains the two questions he would ask the candidates vying for the White House.

First, Bush would inquire about “the principles by which people make decisions”: “You can’t be the president unless you have a firm set of principles to guide you as you sort through all of the problems the world faces,” the president explained. He said he would be “very hesitant to support someone who relies on opinion polls and focus groups to define a way forward.”

Second, the President said he would investigate how a candidate intends to get the “unvarnished opinion” of his circle of advisers if elected.

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

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  1. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Words of "wisdom" coming from Bush! Bush wants to be able to say "I told you so" to the next president while not taking responsibility for the mess he made. Another attempt to change his legacy as the worst president in history.

    December 21, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. herron

    he needs to ask himself the same two questions. although he knows the few people who give him "his" unvarnished oppinion, he should ask them again. so he knows why theres problems in America

    December 21, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Mark R. Fotr Lauderdale FL

    It's one thing to "have your principles"; it's quite another to force others to live by yours. You will not be missed, Mr. Presidebt.

    December 22, 2007 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  4. Ajay Jain

    Dubya, 43 is advising Hillary, 44 on his terms of support!

    How did he become 43? First rigging the Supreme Court in 2000 then rigging OHIO in 2004!!

    This idiot has the audacity to ADVISE!!
    Was that a response to a question or just plain unsolicited advice?

    The history books will record in posterity how Bush cheated Al Gore in 2000 and then cheated War decorated Kerry through SWIFT BOATING!! Its a dictionary "verb" now for posterity to record the Dubya "victory' of 2004.

    In spite of his cheating record Bush has the audacity to preach the "... way forward...". Does he mean the IRAQ War because he does not believe in polls and focus groups.

    Maybe he will believe in HISTORIANS when they write his obituaries 50 years from now in 2057 AD!!! Thank you Mr. "President" for your sound advice! But no thanks.

    The CLINTONS are coming in 2009! Bush Sr, 41 does not want to go on a tour so be it. Bill, 42 just was being polite.

    Go Hillary44 08! http://hillaryis44.org/

    December 23, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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