April 24th, 2008
01:55 PM ET
7 years ago

Jenna Bush may not back McCain

Laura Bush and daughter Jenna appeared on CNN's Larry King Live Thursday.
Laura Bush and daughter Jenna appeared on CNN's Larry King Live Thursday.

(CNN) - President Bush was quick to endorse John McCain when the Arizona senator wrapped up his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

But another Bush might not be so sure.

Speaking with CNN's Larry King Wednesday night, Jenna Bush said she hasn't decided yet who she will vote for in November.

"I don't know," Jenna Bush, daughter of President and Mrs. Bush, said when asked if she will back McCain.

"Of course [I am open]. I mean, who isn't open to learning about the candidates and I'm sure that everybody's like that," she added.

Though the younger Bush conceded she has "been too busy with books to really pay that much attention."

Meanwhile, mother Laura Bush was quick to affirm that she will be voting for the Republican candidate in the fall.

The two appeared on the show to discuss Jenna Bush's upcoming wedding next month.

"[It will be] outdoors, very small wedding, you 'know, very small, all relatives, our families, really, kind of big," Jenna Bush said. “So it's half-family and then half very close friends."


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soundoff (388 Responses)
  1. irene

    WHO CARES

    April 24, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. Bryan

    Maybe she will redeem the Bush family just a little by endorsing Obama...certianly would be fitting given that the young appear to be the only group in this election where the majority has any sense.

    April 24, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Philip

    Hey, "I Call it respect"...

    Respect is something you must earn, even parents must earn the respect of their children, it is not and should not be forced upon anyone. Parents earn the respect of their children when children are allowed to spread their own wings and fly. It is the parents duty to be there for their children and encourage free thought. That is what makes a happy and stable human being.

    GWB (I can't even bring myself to spell out his name) has LOST the respect of the American people. Again, respect is something you earn. Hillary has lost respect for all her negativity and lies. Obama HAS earned the respect from the American electorate because he has tried to keep positive and on the higher road throughout all of this, and he will bring honor and repsect to the White House.

    April 24, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Geri

    Can you people ever be nice about anything?? Let the girl enjoy her book & planning her wedding. The world won't fall apart regardless of who she votes for.

    April 24, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Trey

    Is everything Jenna Bush deos now considered news. Please let us know when she goes to the bathroom again (and what kind of toilet paper she uses).

    April 24, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. bob

    i agree with Ann. As a young person, I like being complimented like that ! :)

    April 24, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Joey in NC

    "[It will be] outdoors, very small wedding, you 'know, very small, all relatives, our families, really, kind of big," Jenna Bush said. “So it's half-family and then half very close friends."

    Say what? She answers questions about as direct as Daddy does

    April 24, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. merryj

    Perhaps the young lady can see why people bash her father... you can still love someone while disagreeing with their politics and actions.

    Perhaps the young lady has a brain of her own and will not blindly follow her parents lead. thinking for youself is a good thing... blindly following your parents is not.

    April 24, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. casual observer

    WHO IS BACKING WHOM? Is CNN, backing OBAMA? SEEMS MOST OF THE POSITIVE COVERAGE FROM CNN IS FOR OBAMA? WHAT DO YOU THINK AMERICA? SHOULD THE NETWORKS NOT CONCENTRATE ON WHAT POSITIVE PLANS, STEPS,( DETAILED PLANS) EACH CANDIDATE HAS PUT FORWARD TO GET AMERICA BACK ON TRACK?

    April 24, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Scott Uselman

    May be she is waiting to see a candidate who can do something positive with the economy and win the war in Iraq.

    April 24, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. a&f

    i love my dad, respect him, and if someone bashed him, i'd bash them right back. but i would also vote against him in a split second if he was responsible for many kids not being able to do the same as i because their dad is one of the thousands dead because of his wars and policies.. these other kid's never got a chance to love or respect their dad.
    that's the family picture... my dad respects my decision since he understands respect is a two way street.

    April 24, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Ha!!

    She probably supports OBAMA!!!!!! I mean she does have a degree and educated people tend to vote Mr. BARACK!!!

    April 24, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. paul in pittsburgh

    WHO CARES? SHE CERTAINLY FITS THE OBAMA DEMOGRAPHIC, DOESN'T SHE?

    April 24, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. Swalker327

    Who cares? She sounds as crazy as her dad!!

    April 24, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Brian Tampa, FL

    Smart and young don't go together. There is a reason most societies in world history have chosen "elders" as their leaders. With age comes experience and with experience comes wisdom. As Winston Churchill once said "if you aren't a liberal at twenty you don't have any heart, if your not a conservative by thirty you don't have any brains" {paraphrase}!

    April 24, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Carol/Lansing Michigan

    "I call it respect?

    Respect that goes both ways is to allow each to have their own beliefs, ideas and personality.

    You don't want respect, you want conformity.

    April 24, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Ken

    Give me a break. This little princess has no idea what it is like to work and the real affect these clowns have on us when they are elected. Who cares who that spoiled brat endorses....

    April 24, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. Steve

    Oh my god! Why is this even a story. She makes a comment that she is too busy with her wedding plans and selling her book and CNN makes this a Headline Story. Shame on CNN. We have a lot more pressing issues than comments made on Larry King Live.

    God help us if Obama is the Democratic nominee. Pray that Hillary Clinton receives the Super Delegates support!

    April 24, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Jena

    Everyonle in this Country has the right to vote the way they want to. No one has the right to impose their will on anyone for any reason. I am not a Republican, but I do defend her right to choose. She was put on the spot to answer and rather than lie she said how she felt. Good for her. I am a Hillary supporter, but whomever she chooses will be her God given right. Period!!

    April 24, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Obama Supporter In Indiana

    Cammi317, thank goodness the apple does fall from the tree!

    April 24, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Arcavius

    OMG. Does anyone else get tired of the ubiquitous: 'And this is news why?' comments?

    Good lord, I'm so sick and tired of hearing lemmings echo that. Of course it's news, just as much as anything else reported by NEWSPAPERS or NEWS CORPS is.

    Definition: News - Information about recent events or happenings, especially as reported by newspapers, periodicals, radio or television.

    Get a NEW LINE please. Yawn.

    April 24, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. If Only She Were A Little Older

    Too bad Jenna is too young to be Obama's running mate.

    April 24, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Paris

    I enjoyed the independent nature of this girl.
    It does take some guts to say I am undecided and open to the candidates in her position.
    I also like what she said about TX being home, and deciding to have her wedding at Home.
    She also was very open about Chelsea Clinton.
    All and all it reflects that Bush the parents are very open and don’t pressure their kids to obey by the parents politics.

    April 24, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. Mark

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    Apparently she inherited her father's speaking abilities. She flip-flops twice in one run-on sentence! First the wedding is very small, then kind of big. First just family, then family AND friends. Relevant? Probably not. Funny? Indeed.

    Also, she is rather idealistic and naive to think that most people care to learn about the candidates. I would estimate that over 2/3 of our country simply "votes for the home team," be it Rep or Dem, or at least votes based on one or two hot-button issues that never get resolved (abortion, immigration, etc).

    The "too busy" excuse is lame, not to mention a poor example. All of the big 3 have websites with their stances on them. So unless she also plans to review campaign contributions, which is generally more important in policy-making decisions than the platforms the politicians tout to win voters, time (being too busy) shouldn't be an issue.

    April 24, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Mike

    thanks for the non-story. from the context of the interview, it appears she's not really that engaged in politics and hasn't given the presidental race much thought. she basically seemed nervous and vague in her answers to questions on most topics. but what the hell, let's twist it around and fabricate a news story out of it. nothing new.

    April 24, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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