Thursday, November 18, 1999 Published at 23:46 GMT
Bush condemns US isolationism
George W Bush opens a bridge with Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo
United States presidential hopeful George W Bush has vowed to fight the spirit of isolationism in the Republican-led Senate that has plagued Bill Clinton.
In an exclusive interview with the BBC's Washington correspondent, Paul Reynolds, Mr Bush said the United States "must not retreat within our borders".
"We can't do it alone, though."
In October, President Clinton denounced the Senate's rejection of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty as evidence of a "new isolation" that would damage the country's security interests.
Mr Bush, the leading contender for the Republican nomination to run for president in 2000, is the son of former president George Bush, who held office from 1989-1993.
In an earlier interview with a Boston television station, Mr Bush failed a pop quiz on the names of four foreign leaders.
"I've been a governor, and governors often times don't spend time on foreign policy. Although in my case as governor of Texas, I've spend a lot of time with Mexico and Mexican leaders."
He strongly criticised Russia over its military campaign in Chechnya, saying foreign aid should be suspended if Russian policy did not change.
"I think Russia has stepped over the bounds. I think the idea of bombing innocent Russian women and children has stepped over the bounds of international norms.
"Plus there are over 200,000 refugees as a result of their 'dealing' with terrorism."
Russian President Boris Yeltsin has faced a barrage of criticism over Chechnya at a European security summit in Istanbul on Thursday, and cut short meetings with Western leaders after facing tough questions from President Clinton.