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Former Bush Presidents Stay On Sidelines During 2016 Election

Recently, Donald Trump became the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. Well, it seems that former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush told The Texas Tribune on Wednesday that they will sit on the sidelines for the 2016 election.

George W. Bush's personal aide, Freddy Ford, said that his boss "does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign." Bush 41 spokesman Jim McGrath wrote in an email to the website, "At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics. He came out of retirement to do a few things for Jeb, but those were the exceptions that proved the rule."

According to the Tribune, the elder Bush has endorsed every GOP presidential nominee since losing his 1992 re-election bid to Bill Clinton. George W. Bush also campaigned on behalf of Sen. John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012. Both Bushes campaigned heavily for Jeb Bush earlier this year, although he dropped out after disappointing results. In addition, George W. Bush was recorded last year telling donors "I just don't like" Sen. Ted Cruz.

The younger Bush has said of Trump, "we do not need someone in the Oval Office who mirrors and inflames our anger and frustration." While speaking to a South Carolina audience in February, he also said "Strength is not empty rhetoric. It is not bluster. It is not theatrics. Real strength, strength of purpose, comes from integrity and character. And, in my experience, the strongest person usually isn't the loudest one in the room."

Furthermore, Trump attacked George W. Bush in the run-up to the South Carolina primary. He blamed the former president for failing to prevent the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. He also stated that Bush's decision to go to war with Iraq in 2003 was "a big, fat mistake" and claimed his administration "lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none."

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