WASHINGTON – President Bush, breaking his rule not to talk about presidential politics, says he believes Hillary Rodham Clinton will defeat Barack Obama in the Democratic presidential primaries. Bush also predicts that Clinton will be defeated in the general election by the GOP nominee. “I believe our candidate can beat her, but it’s going to be a tough race,” the president said. It has been difficult for Bush to remain silent about the 2008 presidential race, despite his promises not to be the “prognosticator in chief.” He finally went public with his Clinton prediction in an interview for a book by journalist Bill Sammon. “She’s got a great national presence and this is becoming a national primary,” Bush told Sammon. “And therefore the person with the national presence, who has got the ability to raise enough money to sustain an effort in a multiplicity of sites, has got a good chance to be nominated.” – The Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!