MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – President Bush drew startling criticism Tuesday night from Republican White House hopefuls unhappy with his handling of the Iraq war, his diplomatic style and his approach to immigration.
“I would certainly not send him to the United Nations” to represent the United States, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson said midway through a spirited campaign debate.
Arizona Sen. John McCain criticized the administration for its handling of the Iraq War, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said, “I think we were underprepared and underplanned for what came after we knocked down Saddam Hussein.”
Rep. Duncan Hunter of California said the current administration “has the slows” when it comes to building a security fence along the border with Mexico.
Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado recalled that White House aide Karl Rove had once told him “never darken the door of the White House.” The congressman said he’d tell George Bush the same thing.
No surprise that candidates are trying distance themselves.
I’ll be eager to hear Thompson’s remarks coming up at 9pm on FNC.