G.W. Bush presidency unmentioned in GOP campaign

By BETH FOUHY | January 3, 2012 | 1:37 AM EST

PERRY, Iowa (AP) — A funny thing happened in the presidential campaign in Iowa: The last Republican president's name actually surfaced.

A voter asked White House hopeful Ron Paul whether the American people could trust another Texan when it came to talking about war.

George W. Bush has gone all but unmentioned in the GOP nomination contest.

This year's Republican candidates routinely lionize Ronald Reagan and blame President Barack Obama for the nation's economic woes, but no one has been eager to embrace the Bush legacy of gaping budget deficits, two wars and record low approval ratings. They also haven't blamed Bush for the country's troubles.

Bush's former press secretary, Ari Fleischer, says he's proud of Bush's record keeping the country safe but adds that politics isn't about what's fair — it's about winning.