President Bush last week sought the views and carried the bags of Rush Limbaugh during an overnight stay at the White House, but neither the conservative talk show host nor a Bush spokesman would discuss specifics of the evening's conversation.

"The president never once asked me about the views of my listeners {or callers}. ... He did, however, ask me for my views on a few things," Limbaugh said in a written statement to The Post on Sunday. Bush "did not ask me to discuss anything at all on my radio program. He inquired very little about the program, other than how I got started. I discussed my program only when answering his questions about its history. I did not ask him to guest on my program," he added.

Limbaugh, heard by almost 12 million listeners a week on nearly 500 stations -- including WMAL-AM (630) here and on WCBM-AM (680) in Baltimore -- said it would be "inappropriate to discuss specifics, but our conversations ran the gamut from baseball (I used to be with the {Kansas City} Royals), to politics, to the campaign, to his press conference the next evening, to my life history."

Limbaugh, until recently an outspoken supporter of conservative Republican presidential hopeful Patrick Buchanan, went to dinner and the Kennedy Center Wednesday evening with the president and Barbara Bush. They were accompanied by Roger Ailes, Bush's media adviser and the producer of Limbaugh's television show, set to debut in the fall. Limbaugh later spent the night in the Lincoln Room, Ailes in the Queen's Room. At one point in the evening, the president actually carried Limbaugh's overnight bag to the bedroom, Limbaugh said.

"My guess is that Ailes's friendship with the president was the main factor in our staying at the White House," the radio host said.

A White House spokesman characterized Limbaugh's meeting with Bush as "a social event" and did not respond to specific questions.

In recent weeks, Limbaugh has not declared his support for either Bush or undeclared independent presidential hopeful Ross Perot. He has not defended Bush against many callers' criticisms, but neither has he jumped on the Perot bandwagon.

But there's no doubt when it comes to the host's feelings about Democratic hopeful Bill Clinton. He's referred to on the show simply as "Slick Willie."

Says Limbaugh spokesman Kit Carson of Perot, "We don't know what he stands for, but he's an engaging personality." Of the president, Carson says, "Bush is Bush." However, Limbaugh, during an appearance on NBC's "Today" show yesterday, said that Bush gleefully showed his White House guests a video of "Saturday Night Live" comedian Dana Carvey doing an impression of Perot. He also gave Limbaugh a hearty laugh when the radio performer did his Perot imitation, Limbaugh reported.

It's a New Day

Contract talks ain't what they used to be. At a roast Friday for longtime Washington sports promoter Charlie Brotman, former WJLA-TV sports anchor Frank Herzog was overheard telling Jim Gallant, operations director of former Redskins radio rights holder WMAL: "I just got my contract from WTEM {new carrier of Redskins games} and it's nine pages long."

Herzog told Gallant his wife "just found my original WMAL contract from 10 years ago, and it was written on a cocktail napkin!"

Responded Gallant, "I know, I remember writing it."

Dexter Manley, Ready to Talk

Former Washington Redskins defensive end Dexter Manley, who is expected to sign a one-year contract this week to play for the Canadian Football League, is also looking for a local radio deal to report on Canadian football or to work as a commentator when the Canadian season ends in November, according to his agent, Mike Burke. Manley, 34, was banned from the NFL last fall after testing positive for drug use for the third time.

Manley has worked as a sports voice for several radio stations, including WAVA-FM (105.1) and WWDC-FM (101.1). Burke said he intends to contact several stations including WTEM, WMAL, WWRC-AM (980) and DC-101 this week.

Now, About That Raise

Inside Radio, an industry publication, last week reported that Infinity Broadcasting President Mel Karmazin has negotiated a new deal with New York jock Don Imus, the morning host at all-sports WFAN-AM, that will pay him $3 million annually for five years. Imus is reportedly earning $2 million in his current contract, which would have run another 1 1/2 years, the publication said.

Infinity, which owns WJFK-FM (106.7) here, is in the process of buying WFAN from Emmis Broadcasting for a whopping $70 million.