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