DALLAS (CBS NEWS) – Former President George W. Bush fears that the end of the Republican party as he knows it is near.
“I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president,” Bush reportedly told a reunion of former staff and advisers in April, according to a story by Politico. The former president was speaking with “a smaller clutch of former aides and advisors” during the event.
At that time there were two candidates left in the race for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, and Bush didn’t like either of them, although his displeasure with Cruz was at least in part reportedly related to Cruz’s overtures toward Trump early in the race for the nomination.
In May, once Trump had secured enough delegates for the nomination, a spokesman said that neither he nor the elder Bush planned to endorse Trump for the presidency. This was unusual, given that both had endorsed prior nominees Mitt Romney and John McCain.
Retired Senator Bob Dole is the only living former Republican presidential nominee to attend this week’s convention.
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