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SPECIAL APPEARANCE Former presidents' predictions: Bush said Pats; Clinton balked



Published: Mon, February 7, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Their pregame visit publicized tsunami relief efforts.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Former Presidents Bush and Clinton appeared on the Super Bowl pregame show Sunday to publicize tsunami relief efforts -- but only one could be pinned down to a game prediction.

The two most recent ex-presidents were appointed by President Bush to head up relief efforts in the wake of the Dec. 26 tsunami, and said more than a half billion dollars had been raised by Americans.

"I think we're doing some good," said Clinton, appearing on a television set with Fox's four pregame show announcers.

"The American people have given hundreds of millions of dollars," he said. "About a third of American households have contributed, half over the Internet. What we're trying to do is raise as much as we can and see that it's well-spent."

Clinton and Bush are both traveling to the affected areas soon to see how the relief efforts are going.

Prediction

They couldn't get off the set without being pressed by Fox announcer Terry Bradshaw for a prediction on the game.

Bush, whose Maine vacation home is squarely in Patriots territory, didn't hesitate. He predicted New England would win by two touchdowns.

"It's hard for me because both of these towns voted for me twice," Clinton said, referring to Philadelphia and Boston. He said the Eagles' improving defense would be key to the game.

Ultimately, though, Clinton didn't pick a winner.




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