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“I’m not going to answer,” the former first lady told Susan Page on USA Today’s “Capital Download" in an interview published Thursday. "Don’t ask that.”


Laura Bush said she is uncommitted after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, her brother-in-law, suspended his presidential campaign last month.

“We got off the sidelines for Jeb,” she said of herself and former President George W. Bush, her husband. "He was our candidate.”

Laura Bush also cautioned Americans against abandoning their tolerance of other cultures and religions.

“One of the reasons we’re a country is because we believe in freedom of religion,” she said. "We believe that people could be religious.

"They could choose any religion that they wanted to, or they could not worship, if they didn’t want to. We don’t have any religious test in the United States. And that’s what we need to remember. We need to remember what our values are.”

Laura Bush additionally said that breaking with traditional American principles would leave the nation isolated.

“We have a tendency in the United States, and it’s happened in other times in our history, to become sort of isolationist and xenophobic and, you know, we’re just going to stay here together and not pay attention to the rest of the world,” she said.

“It’s something we have to pay attention to now because our world is so small. It’s important for us — even though we’ve gone through these stages many other times in our history — to pay attention to the rest of the world."