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Bush says he is through with politics, fund-raising

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Former president George W. Bush says he is through with politics, fund-raising and campaigning — and has no interest in political punditry.

“I don’t want to go out and campaign for candidates. I don’t want to be viewed as a perpetual money-raiser. I don’t want to be on these talk shows giving my opinion, second-guessing the current president,” Bush told C-SPAN in an interview scheduled to air on Sunday.

Ex-presidents criticizing sitting presidents is “bad for the country,” Bush said.

“It’s tough enough to be president as it is without a former president undermining the current president. Plus, I don’t want to do that,” he said.

Bush was on the receiving end during his administration: former President Bill Clinton criticized his handling of the war in Iraq. Clinton, while in office, was criticized by Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush.

Gannett News Service

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