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Ex-George W. Bush Aide: Jeb Should've Cleared Up Iraq Response Sooner

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By    |   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 10:41 AM

Potential GOP candidate Jeb Bush should have acted faster to clear up his response to whether he would have invaded Iraq in 2003, a former chief of staff for President George W. Bush said Wednesday, noting that he does not think the older brother would have taken so long to clarify his position.

"I think he heard the question that he answered," said former Chief of Staff Andrew Card on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "He didn't hear the real question that was asked. He said that if he had been where his brother was at the time his brother was there with the information his brother had, would he have done the same thing."

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But Card also does not think his former boss would have made the same decision, either, if he knew then what he knows now.

But still, the older Bush would not have taken the four days the younger took to clarify the question, said Card, and Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, should not have taken that long, either.

Despite the issues on the Iraq question, Card thinks Bush is a "confident ... smart person who will be a great leader. I think he'll be a terrific president."

And even though Bush did not respond to the Iraq question correctly, "that is so minor, when it comes to Hillary Clinton," said Card, who believes the former secretary of state has allowed the perception of improper conduct to be part of her candidacy.

Card also does not think it's a bad idea for Bush to look to his older brother for advice on Middle East policy.

"I think every former president should be available to be an adviser to every sitting president," said Card. "The job of president is so tough. You need all the help you can get. You should get it from people you may not agree with all the time."

And when it comes to Clinton, Card said she was a person he used to trust, but those days have ended.

"We need to verify what she says," said Card. "So far, the verification has not been there for what she said. She said she only had one email account. She had a couple."

Also, it's now that the email accounts were scrubbed and there is no access to all the emails the former first lady and senator had, said Card.

"It's funny, I used to think I trusted her," he said. "Now there are so many little things that contribute to a verification of some of these questionable trusts that you have given us. I don't think she is building a high level of trust right now."

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