Barbara Bush: This is the 'worst campaign I've ever seen'
March 5th, 2012
10:19 PM ET
3 years ago

Barbara Bush: This is the 'worst campaign I've ever seen'

(CNN) – Former first lady Barbara Bush on Monday said she was not a fan of the current presidential race.

"It's been, I think, the worst campaign I've ever seen in my life. I hate it," Bush said at a conference at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. "I hate the fact that people think 'compromise' is a dirty word."

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Her comments, recorded by CNN affiliate WFAA, came during a conference on the impact of presidents' wives.

With her daughter-in-law, former first lady Laura Bush, sitting by her side, Mrs. Bush argued the level of political discourse has declined over the years.

"I think the rest of the world is looking at us these days and saying, 'What are you doing?'" she said.

But her apparent disgust with the race hasn't kept the feisty former first lady out of the 2012 presidential cycle.

On Sunday, robo calls went out to voters in Vermont and Ohio featuring her voice and endorsing Mitt Romney.

"We have known the Romneys for years and believe Mitt is the best man to lead the country for the next four years and Ann will make a great first lady," Mrs. Bush said on the call.

Her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, officially endorsed Romney in December.

– CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. The Elephant In The Room

    . . . is that Babs would never say anything other than that about Willard Romney , the establishment candidate.

    The problem for the GOP is that AGGREGATION of MARGINALIZED MISFITS called the "Tea Party". To give themselves "critical mass", the "states rights" crowd, trued to glom onto the "balanced-budget-by-spending-cuts-only" crowd, and the we hate gays crowd, not to mention the we-want-to-ban contraception & abortion crowd and the national religion . . . Christian-theocracy proponents. When the going got tough the "tea" leaves went their separate ways AFTER doing their damage to the GOP brand.

    March 6, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  2. Georgia Tee

    From your mouth, to GOD'S ears.....

    March 6, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  3. nokoolaidcowboy

    ...and Mrs. Bush has seen some campaigns in her lifetime.

    March 6, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  4. Cfrench

    Babs gets it along with roughly 60% of the country. The current state of the GOP is comprised of far right leaning, angry, racist white people. They can't just come out and tell people to fear the black man in the "White House", so they call him a liberal and a socialist who is out to destroy the country.

    March 6, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  5. sandy

    “It’s been, I think, the worst campaign I’ve ever seen in my life. I hate it,” Bush said at a conference at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. “I hate the fact that people think ‘compromise’ is a dirty word.”

    Blame your own party. They are the ones that refuse to compromise with the President.

    March 6, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  6. JAB62

    That's because you're a traditional republican Babs, not some teabagger or neocon. But it's only bad from your point of view. The other side is loving it.

    March 6, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  7. Martha in CF

    Finally-I have always admired Mrs. Bush even though I am a Democrat. I compromised on writing these words.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    March 6, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    The problem is that Mitt Romney is an establishment, traditional Republican trying to win the nomination in a Republican Party that has been overrun by radical, extremist, right wing RINOs. That is the problem.

    March 6, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  9. Fiery Fly

    Well her son didn't compromise when he lied and invaded another country for no good reason...

    March 6, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  10. American

    I agree with most of Barbara's points, but it should be noted the refusal to compromise has been publicly stated by GOP politicians in Congress. No wonder it has the lowest approval rating ever. Vote it out in 2012.

    Americans want our government working together.

    March 6, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  11. Just Say No To Flipper

    I predicted a year ago that the only hope for the GOBP was to put up someone who at least pretended to be moderate and compromising and who at least pretended to hate the lies and divisiveness in the "party" as it is today. That person would also have a few staged moments of taking on certain "stars" of the party, like Limbaugh. Fakes News or the Tea Party. And I expected the Bush crime syndicate would be involved, though behind the scenes. Now it looks like they're coming right out and telegraphing their intentions via Barbara. I also predict, however, that this new "compromiser" and "uniter" will not criticize the GOBP's articles of faith, such as its disproven stance on tax cuts for the wealthy or deregulation. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

    March 6, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  12. maria gutierrez

    the republican are trying to build up their candidate to win the election and beat Obama simply because the tax cut for the wealthy people will soon end. They have to be in control to pass the bill again for their own gain and not for the poorer among the poor in this country. They will not spend money in the campaign if not for their vested interest.

    March 6, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
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