Fmr. Gov. John Sununu signs copies of his new book in Concord on Wednesday, June 24

Jun 26, 2015 10:53 PM

Steinhauser: Sununu tells NH1 News he's staying neutral in Republican nomination race

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CONCORD – Former Gov. John Sununu says he’s not taking sides in the wide open battle for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

“I’m going to avoid endorsing this time around. I have too many friends in the campaign. But I will say I hope we get a governor or former governor in the White House,” Sununu told NH1 News.

Watch: Sununu not taking sides in GOP 2016 battle

The race for the White House isn’t the only election on tap next year. One of the former governor’s sons, Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, is mulling a bid for governor.

Watch: Entire NH1 News one-on-one interview with Fmr. Gov. Sununu

“I give him the same advice I give all my kids. You’ve got to make your own decision with your wife and family. Certainly I think the state would be a lot better off if he were in the corner office,” the elder Sununu said.

The former governor spoke one-on-one with NH1 News on Wednesday at Gibson’s Bookstore, after signing copies of his new book “The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush.”

After serving three terms as New Hampshire governor, Sununu headed to the nation’s capital and was President George H.W. Bush’s chief of staff from 1989 until stepping down amid controversy in December 1991. Asked why he didn’t write this book two decades ago, when he left Washington, Sununu said “I had promised the president I wasn’t going to write a kiss and tell book. And I went up and had lunch with him a year and a half ago and told him I was going to break my promise and write a book that put between two covers everything I thought he had achieved and he and Barbara were both quite enthusiastic.”

While the elder Bush is remembered for winning the Persian Gulf War and other overseas achievements, Sununu says his old boss doesn’t get the credit he deserves for domestic achievements.

"I wanted the people and the historians who seemed to have missed it as well that this president passed more domestic legislation than any other president other than Lyndon Johnson and Franklin Roosevelt and it was good significant consequential conservative legislation,” Sununu said.


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