Barbara Bush: This is the 'worst campaign I've ever seen'
March 5th, 2012
10:19 PM ET
2 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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Filed under: 2012 • Barbara Bush • Republicans
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Ron

    Whether you agree with her or not, Mrs. Bush always speaks her mind, and lets the chips fall where they may. Refreshing.

    March 5, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  2. judy

    barb has always been outspoken and what she said is the truth

    March 5, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. aaron

    A half-way reasonable voice from the Repubs. Who'd have guessed that would ever happen.

    March 5, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. HenryB

    Well, Mrs. Bush, this is what your Republican party has become. And in the face of all of this, you lend your voice to support Romney? You are no better than this crop of clowns.

    March 5, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  5. truindep

    now the dems like a Bush,

    March 5, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. Modern Day Civilization

    Thanks for advertising Mitt and his Wife. That's what you want.
    Of course, very hard to understand the Modern Day Civilization and the energetic debaters in the old time eyes.

    Mrs.Bush, you did Great in President Bush time. You had all my Family votes. Thanks for contributing.

    March 5, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. T in Dallas

    Mother knows best! God knows she knew how horrible her husband and son were. Her son was so bad at campaigning it took the Supreme Court to "appoint" him to the office.

    March 5, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  8. Conrad Bauman

    Looks like the Illuminati back Mitt Romney.

    March 5, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If none of the idiot republicans would win their party's nomination, America would be better off. T-Paw has to be kicking himself each day.

    March 5, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  10. Sheila

    Good for Barbara. She's a Republican and calls it like she sees it. She is correct...this has been the ugliest campaign I think in the history of the world. The train is full of clowns headed over a cliff!

    March 5, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  11. NameBettye Bedgood

    Mrs. Bush seem to be suggesting its coming from both parties and overlooking the elephant in the room like what's different now than ever before!!! That might be why the republicans are crazy, because it's just the republican party that's went off the deep end. And.... I think the rest of the world knows what's going on, what's behind the craziness . Since she dosent seem to want to say it I will, RACISM!!!!

    March 5, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  12. William dodge

    Another rich out of touch old person

    March 5, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  13. newmoon2

    AMEN, Barbara! Please, get out there and let it be heard! While I may not be a fan of your son or your husband, but I could not agree with you more! Compromise is the job of legislators and the executive branch. It appears this new breed doesn't understand how work actually gets done!

    March 5, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  14. The-Least-Unelectable

    Since Obama cannot be re-elected unopposed, the GOP has resolved to nominate the least unelectable candidate.

    March 5, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  15. AKsteve

    Crazy to think that the GOP has gone so far to the right that Laura Bush sounds like a liberal.

    March 5, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  16. Beverly

    I've always admired Barbara and Laura Bush (can't say the same for their mates). I have to disagree with Barbara on Romney "being the best" for the GOP candidate. There are NO good candidates running on the GOP with the possible exception of Ron Paul.

    March 5, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  17. cali girl

    And she yet felt the need to endorse Robmey.

    March 5, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  18. Levelplayer7

    The elite endorsing the elite. No surprise there. Next.

    March 5, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  19. T'sah From Virginia

    ►"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,"◄

    Yep, especially Ann – she encouraged Romney to run and I really believe she is tired of her many homes and now wants to accomplish living in the HIGHEST residence you can reside in – The White House!! Actually Mrs. Bush, President Obama will be right for the next four years – Thank You!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    March 5, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  20. Tony

    HAHA let me get this straight. She says that we should all compromise more and then makes robo calls for Mitt Romney? Sorry, Mitt Romney is a fine candidate. But the behavior of the Republican Party is abysmal (not the Blue Dog Democrats) are any better.

    March 5, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  21. enuff

    You can't complain then participate in the chaos. Robocalling is one of the most time-wasting political ideas ever invented. They have never changed my mind nor influenced what candidate I plan to vote for. I will hang up everytime.

    March 5, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  22. Toby

    "Ann will make a great first lady" ... hahaha

    March 5, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  23. Lenny Pincus

    And given who her husband and son are, she's seen some bad ones.

    March 5, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  24. Thomas

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

    Barbara Sorry to be the one to tell you. The world said that when your son was elected President. And then again when he invaded Iraq looking for WMDs.

    March 5, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  25. Tired of republican lies

    Holy cow!!! That's rich coming from the one who gave birth to the evil little troll that wrecked this country??? Is now asking for more??/...Oh h e l l no!!

    March 5, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
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