Like father, like son? Not so much in Bush dynasty

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush were both conservatives but during very different times.

The elder Bush was a Republican who could carve an occasional moderate path without a crushing response from the right, such as with immigration liberalization. He once said: “I’m a conservative. … But I’m not a nut about it.”

His was an era of stepping back from the prospect of doomsday, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, and a far more limited threat emerging with Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait that was soon reversed. That was not at all like the searing crucible Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that came early to his son.

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