Bush Sr.: Race No Longer a 'Gimme' For Clinton
President Bush may be convinced that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to win the Democratic presidential nomination, but it does not run in the family. Former president George H.W. Bush thinks she may be scuffed up enough to lose after all.
"I thought a few weeks ago that she was almost a gimme, as we say in golf, for the nomination," the elder Bush told Chris Wallace in an interview to be aired this weekend on "Fox News Sunday" as part of a new series about American leaders. "I'm not sure I feel that way now. Well, there seems to be more kind of internal -- in her own party there seems to be more willingness to take her on and to argue about stuff. But she's a formidable opponent and she's done very well in my view. Now would I be for her? No."
But Bush added that he would not let that affect his friendship with his successor, Bill Clinton. "I've enjoyed working with him on charitable causes, Katrina and tsunami and all of this," he said. "And I might say I've enjoyed playing golf with the guy. ... But just as he's not going to tip-toe about his differences with the president, I wouldn't tip-toe with my differences with Hillary."
-- Peter Baker
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