Barbara Bush on George W: No need to ask
August 31, 1999
Web posted at: 9:41 a.m. EDT (1341 GMT)
BRETTON WOODS, N.H. (CNN) -- The mother of Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush never asked her son whether he used cocaine, she said Monday in an interview with WMUR-TV.
"We had no need to," former first lady Barbara Bush said. "He has always been a fabulous son."
Texas Governor Bush has said he has not used illegal drugs in the past 25 years, but has refused to elaborate on his younger years.
Asked whether U.S. voters have a right to know whether a presidential candidate has used drugs, the wife of former president George Bush answered, "You mean 25, 30 years ago? I don't think it matters. I think that's ridiculous, because then the next question comes, the next question."
It would be more useful, she suggested, to ask about a candidate's record.
"We're very proud of him," said the white-haired matron, who was in Bretton Woods to speak about drunken driving and law enforcement at a luncheon for the American Association of Motor Vehicles Administrators.
"He's done a lot in the state of Texas, and he did it by working with people."
Mrs. Bush praised her son's decision not to answer the question: "The time has come to say 'enough.' Let's judge a man on what he's done. He's been a great governor of Texas. He has done so many really important things. I think people are glad. We are tired of trashing our candidates. We are not going to get good people to run if we are going to have all these questions."
If her son is elected president, she said, the life in a fishbowl is one for which he and his family are prepared. "The fact that they chose to give up privacy I think is a wonderful thing."