George W. Bush says dad pondered skipping 2nd term

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President George H.W. Bush and Nelson Mandela visit in the Oval Office of the White House. June 25, 1990 Courtesy: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

DALLAS (AP) — A new book says Republican President George H.W. Bush seriously considered not running for re-election in 1992 even though he loved his job.

The book’s author ought to know. He’s former President George W. Bush, who examines his dad’s presidency in “41: A Portrait of my Father.”

The Associated Press purchased an advance copy of the biography that’s scheduled to hit shelves Tuesday.

Bush writes that his father pondered in 1991 not running because he felt his role was creating undue scrutiny of his son, Neil Bush, who was facing a federal lawsuit.

Bush says his father also hesitated because he had developed an irregular heartbeat and was exhausted.

George H.W. Bush launched Operation Desert Storm in Iraq in January 1991. He lost his re-election bid to Democrat Bill Clinton.