Former President George W. Bush made a rare public appearance Tuesday morning, expressing regret that his name is attached to one of the largest tax cuts in U.S. history.

According to Forbes, Bush spoke at his Institute Conference on Taxes and Economic Growth in New York City, claiming his continued support for lower taxes before delivering a surprising statement.

"I wish they weren’t called the ‘Bush tax cuts,'" he said. "If they’re called some other body’s tax cuts, they’re probably less likely to be raised.”

The Bush tax cuts are scheduled to expire after this year after being enacted in 2001.

A CNN poll from September 2011 revealed Bush with a 42 percent favorability rating and 53 percent disapproval.

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