Mr. Bush offered his thoughts not only on Mr. McCain, but also on the other remaining Republican candidate, Mike Huckabee, and the Democrats as well. He also defended former President Bill Clinton, who has been accused of playing on racial sentiments by attacking Mrs. Clinton's opponent, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.
"I can understand why President Clinton wants to campaign hard for his wife," Mr. Bush said. "And you know, these accusations that Bill Clinton is a racist I think is just wrong. I just don't agree with it."
Mr. Bush did not stick with his earlier prediction that Mrs. Clinton would win.
"I predicted Senator Clinton because I knew that she understands the klieg lights and understands the pressures," he said, adding, "And that race seems far from over to me."
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