October 16th, 2007
05:50 PM ET
7 years ago

Carville: Jeb Bush will be GOP nominee

Will Jeb Bush be the 2008 Republican nominee? CNN analyst James Carville said yes, in a panel discussion Tuesday.

NEW YORK (CNN) - Democratic strategist and CNN analyst James Carville tossed out a provocative idea during a panel discussion on politics Tuesday.

At CNN's America Votes 2008 Breakfast, the chief architect of Bill Clinton's successful 1992 presidential run predicted that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be the Republican nominee in 2008. Jeb is a younger brother of President Bush.

Carville bolstered his prediction, highlighting Jeb Bush's career: He was a successful governor of a large state, he enjoys the support of social conservatives, he speaks Spanish, and "he's somebody the party could rally around," Carville said.

"There is nobody in this field who can rally the Republican Party; he's the only person in America that can do it," he added.

But fellow CNN analyst and former Oklahoma GOP Congressman J.C. Watts disagreed with Carville, saying, "The conventional wisdom caucus, the establishment of the Party, pardon my English, but they ain't going to allow that to happen."

There has been high speculation that Jeb Bush might make a run at the White House in 2008, but then, late last year, he said he would not run.

Former President George H.W. Bush suggested to CNN's Larry King last April that "Bush Fatigue" may be one of the reasons the former Florida governor is sitting out the 2008 race.

But the former president predicted his youngest son may enter politics again in the future.

"I hope that Jeb, who left office looking good, is not through with politics," the elder Bush said. " I think he's a good man, most other people think that, a man of principle. And I think he's got a future."

In addition to Carville and Watts, the panel included CNN analysts and contributors Paul Begala, Donna Brazile, Gloria Borger, Bill Bennett, and Amy Holmes.

– CNN's John Helton and Alexander Mooney


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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Kamalesh Mukherjee-Phila PA

    He would be the perfect leader, in many ways I'd contend better than his brother as he's more articulate. But again the immigration issue's going to come back and haunt the party...A significant portion of GOP voters would stay home b/c they don't agree with the Bush family's policies on guest-worker programs and overall sympathy for the hispanic community's issues. So he probabaly wouldn't get the whole 62 million voters that W did in 2004.

    October 16, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. Lance in Monrovia CA

    Go ahead and run Jeb. That's just exactly what we need, another Bush running against another Clinton. If that doesn't prove to the country and the world that Democracy is dead nothing ever will.

    October 16, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Robert M. Reidy N.Y.

    Woooo!!! That would mean no choice but
    the Clinton / Bush Dynasty, I repeat no choice whatsoever. I respect James Carville as a political analyst and that just gave me a chill hearing it proposed by him as a draft at the RNC convention, due to disunity and Rep. frustration. It could Happen!

    All the more reason people, to consider
    Barak Obama for our next president of
    the United States of America. Don't let the same old tired way of old Washington politics drag on and drag us down.

    Vote for the smartest guy in the room
    Barak Obama!

    Show them that we the people are back!

    October 16, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    "Snakehead", as Carville's lovely wife and counsellor to Bushie cronies calls him, is smoking the good stuff. For this year at least, the Bushes have been beat.

    October 16, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Jim, Atlanta

    What's really ironic is that after having a father and brother who were totally incompetent and unqualified, Jeb could probably do a pretty good job....but the Bush name is poison now.

    As Romney said "If his last name wasn't Bush he'd probably be the one to beat"

    October 16, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Paul, Philadelphia

    Its funny that this post would come just a few posts after the "Who is the true Republican?" post below.

    If I were a Republican – and I am not – I would take Jeb Bush over Romney, Guiliani, Thompson, and McCain. I think Bush has much better credentials, a stronger, more consistent record of conservatism, and has proven to be a tough leader in his own state.

    October 16, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Ron, TX

    I love the idea! Jeb Bush versus Hillary Clinton!

    And 8 years from now, it can be Bush's daughter Barbara versus Bill's daughter Chelsea! Bill Clinton and George Bush Sr. are the sage kings. Their lineage cannot be stopped.

    October 16, 2007 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    No way that Jeb Bush will be the rep nominee. Jeb has a lot of baggages passed oy his brother, George Bush. With a few months to go, there is little chance any newcomer would have a realistic chance getting nominated.

    Now I know why Carville, who helped Bill Clinton in 2002, has not been hired by Hillary.

    October 16, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Jeb is a clown. Remember him during hurricane season?

    October 16, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. james, Minneapolis, MN

    This is the number one reason people should walk away from Hilary right now. If we think for a second that he wont be running sooner or later we are insane.

    End the dynasty politics, there are far better families in this country than those two.

    October 16, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. John, Everett, WA

    What a vile thought...another Bush in the White House. Does everyone forget that he and fellow Florida Republicans were complicit in the stealing of the 2000 election?

    October 16, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Ed, Farmers Branch, Texas

    What a depressing idea.

    October 16, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Jeff English, San Antonio, TX

    I think that the older Bush is right ...aren't we all slightly tired of the Bush management system? Give me a break....that isn't why Jeb Bush can't run for President...his brother has made such a mess of his family name that he can't even run for dog catcher.

    October 16, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Pat, Huntington, NY

    Oh please lord Jesus above not another Bush!

    October 16, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    May God help us all if another Bush makes it into the white house.

    October 16, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. Steven, West Virginia

    NO MORE BUSH!!! And I agree with robert's comment about clinton/bush dynasty as that would be very true. But I would vote for a Clinton any day than another Bush. Everyone has to agree with that.

    October 16, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    And you know, this country is just stupid enough to elect another Bush!

    If Jeb runs, Karl Rove will be back like never before!

    Of course, watching James Carville dismantle Jeb would be fun, too!

    October 16, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Kevin, Dover NJ

    The funny thing is that Jeb and George W are polar opposites, and don't really get along. If Jeb hadn't lost the first governor's race to Lawton Chiles, he'd have ran in 2000, not W.

    October 16, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Sid, Buffalo, NY

    After 7 years of the current Bush regime, WHY would ANYONE want to inflict another Bush on the American people? I have no idea if Jeb is a good/bad politician, but his last name alone could be reason enough to keep him as far from Washington as possible.

    October 16, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. Hooligan, Everywhere, America

    To Thomas in NY:

    James Carville is the top advisor to Hillary!

    He won't come "out front" too much until the party nominations are clear.

    October 16, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Linda SAT

    I am nauseated at the thought. Another Bush or Clinton in office makes me sick!

    October 16, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. John, Michigan

    Former Governor Jeb Bush vs. Senator Clinton might be the one thing to make me vote for HER.

    October 16, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Marlene, Ocean View, NJ

    What a crazy, stupid idea!!
    Who would want another Bush in the White House. Two Bushes are two too many.
    With another Bush, this country would surely be finished off and ruined to the extent that we would never be a great country again!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Lee, Port St. Lucie, FL

    Whew~! I can breathe easier now! Jeb running in 2008? He ruined the state of Florida.....making it a laughing stock, between the Florida recount debacle and the Terri Schiavo case......We certainly don't need anymore of these type of shananigans from another member of the Bush family~~~and when did James and JC change sides?

    October 16, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Heide, Fort Wayne, In

    Bush.... as long as I live, I'll never vote for a Bush!

    October 16, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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