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Dubya's Biggest Mistake?

CNN's Wolf Blizter just asked each candidate to name President George W. Bush's "biggest mistake." None of the candidates gave a direct answer, but here's a sampling of their answers in a word (or three):

* McCain: Spending
* Giuliani: Accountability (lack thereof)
* Romney: Too "small bore" (that "vision" thing)
* Brownback: Spending
* Tommy Thompson: No New Ideas
* Tancredo: Ran as a conservative, governed as a liberal
* Paul: The war, empire building
* Gilmore: Principle (not standing on it)
* Hunter: Not focusing on the family
* Huckabee: Excess taxes, immigration, lack of communication

VIDEO | (Courtesy CNN)

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 5, 2007; 8:55 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Republican Party  
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Just after the 2000 election, President-elect W. could have made himself a statesman of momentous proportion by helping bring democracy to the United States. Yes, he could have launched a crusade to abolish the Electoral College and secure direct popular election of the president. Had he achieved that, there would have been no need to launch a foreign war to acquire the popularity to win in 2004. Of course, being a statesman requires a sense of history, plus a desire to make America a better place for everyone--not just the wealthiest one percent and the military-industrial complex. Alas.

Posted by: Jim Ryan | June 7, 2007 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Dubya's biggest mistake?

Wait, I'm still thinking...

There are so many!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 6, 2007 10:46 AM | Report abuse

As a conservative Republican, I think Bush's biggest mistake is the unnecessary spending early in his Presidency. McCain and Brownback had it right. Guiliani is right that lack of accountability is a problem. Huckabee had a point that lack of communication is a major problem throughout this Presidency. The other things Huckabee said, however, were pandering for votes. But McCain, Brownback and Guiliani were on target.

Posted by: reason | June 6, 2007 9:36 AM | Report abuse

No one noted his cystic acne (take also a look at Robt. Gates &, yup, Paris Hilton). He ought to stop picking at it & have Brownie call Proactiv.

Posted by: Philip V. Riggio | June 5, 2007 9:20 PM | Report abuse

"W" has never made a mistake -- just ask him. Unfortunately,we the voters made a very obvious mistake!

Posted by: Barbara LeVine | June 5, 2007 9:15 PM | Report abuse

"W" has never made a mistake -- just ask him. Unfortunately,we the voters made a very obvious mistake!

Posted by: Barbara LeVine | June 5, 2007 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Any reason you listed Brownback twice? Editorial error perchance?

Posted by: merryland | June 5, 2007 9:05 PM | Report abuse

running for president was Bush's biggest mistake

if that does not work then...Iraq

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2007 9:04 PM | Report abuse

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