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George W. Bush. Photo: Bess Adler/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush told People magazine that he wrote in Condoleezza Rice when he voted for president in the 2020 election.

The big picture: Bush also clarified comments made earlier this week in which he called today's GOP "isolationist, protectionist and, to a certain extent, nativist." The former president told People that he "painted with too broad a brush" and excluded "a lot of Republicans who believe we can fix the problem."

  • "Really what I should have said — there's loud voices who are isolationists, protectionists and nativists, something, by the way, I talked about when I was president," he said in a wide-ranging interview for next week's issue about his new book of oil paintings, "Out of Many, One: Portraits of America's Immigrants."

What he's saying: Bush said Rice, who served as his secretary of state from 2005 to 2009, knew he wrote her name on his ballot.

  • "But she told me she would refuse to accept the office," he added.

Worth noting: While Bush has largely avoided talking about his successors, he said the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol siege by supporters of former President Trump "disgusted" and "really disturbed" him.

  • "I was sick to my stomach ... to see our nation's Capitol being stormed by hostile forces," he told the Texas Tribune in February.

Go deeper: George W. Bush wants "more respectful" tone on immigration

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Apr 21, 2021 - World

South Korean president: Trump "beat around the bush and failed" on North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaking in Seoul in March 2021. Photo: Jeon Heon-Kyun/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

South Korean President Moon Jae-in criticized former President Trump's attempts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, telling the New York Times he "beat around the bush" with North Korea and "failed to pull it through."

Why it matters: Moon, now in his final year in office, called denuclearization a "matter of survival" for South Korea and urged President Biden to resume negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after a standstill of nearly two years.

1 hour ago - World

Biden backs Gaza ceasefire for first time in call with Netanyahu

Biden with Netanyahu in 2010. Photo: Debbi Hill/Pool/ Getty Images

President Biden expressed support for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in a call on Thursday evening with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said in a statement.

Why it matters: This is the first time since the beginning of the crisis last Monday that Biden or anyone in his administration has publicly backed a ceasefire. It will increase pressure on Israel to seek an end to the conflict, which Netanyahu has insisted will continue until Hamas' ability to attack Israel is further degraded.

3 hours ago - World

Schumer: "I want to see a ceasefire"

Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters Monday he wants to "see a ceasefire reach quickly and mourn the loss of life."

Why it matters: Schumer is a staunch defender of Israel and has maintained that Israel should be able to defend itself.