October 7th, 2008
10:52 PM ET
14 years ago

Bush: The elephant in the room

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(CNN)– During the first debate, Barack Obama mentioned President Bush ten times. Many of the references tied him to John McCain - who never mentioned the name of the current commander-in-chief.

Tonight, the Republican nominee pointed to Bush three times – but only to highlight the policies where he parted ways with the president. Obama brought up President Bush twice as often.

Not mentioned? Either man’s running mate.

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