George W. Bush said he would run as an “agent of change.”
“Oh, listen, if you’re running for office, you can’t run for office and not say, ‘I’m an agent of change,’” he had told NBC. He adds: “That’s just American politics. If I were running for office at this point I’d be saying, ‘Vote for me, I’m – I’m gonna be an agent of change.’”
While Bush declines to comment on any of the current candidates, it is likely he would support the eventual Republican nominee.
“The Republicans understand that, one, tax cuts are important and, two, fighting this war on terror is important,” Bush said. He added: “I think these two issues are going to be the defining issues in who can best lead this country in a complicated world.”
He said that the grueling nature of modern politics is good for the country.
“It’s tough, and it’s long, and it should be that way, because what the American people need to determine is who’s got the character, the will and the resolve to be the president,” Bush explained.
This interview comes as Bush finished up his presidential visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. His next destination is Iraq.