June 16th, 2008
03:06 PM ET
6 years ago

Second President Bush floats prospect of a third

Jeb Bush has long been considered a likely presidential candidate.
Jeb Bush has long been considered a likely presidential candidate.

(CNN) – For only the second time in nearly three decades, there won’t be a Bush on the presidential ballot this November. But that absence may not be a permanent one, the current White House occupants hinted Sunday.

President Bush was asked by a SkyNews correspondent whether the end of his term marked the end of the Bush presidential dynasty that began with his father’s Oval Office tenure 20 years ago.

In response, Bush singled out his brother, who has often been mentioned as a possible Republican presidential contender. "Well, we've got another one out there who did a fabulous job as governor of Florida, and that's Jeb,” he said. “But you know, you better ask him whether or not he's thinking of running. But he'd be a great president."

There had been wide speculation in 2000 that Jeb Bush would enter the Republican primary race that was won by his brother.

During the SkyNews interview, first lady Laura Bush added that public service was an "unbelievable” life.

"One of the reasons George and his brother, Jeb, served in office is because they admired their father [Presient George H.W. Bush] so much," she said.

Asked whether that meant her husband was not “the last Bush," she responded: “Well, who knows. We'll see."


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soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. bernj

    Oh no...not again...please God...not again.

    June 16, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Ex-pat in London

    HELL NO!!! the country wont be that stupid for real.

    June 16, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. USAF Staff Sergeant

    If this country elects another Bush, God help us.

    June 16, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Bizarro World

    Why is it OK for our potential president to have a history of anti-American connections?

    June 16, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Carmen

    Seriously? Do they honestly believe the country has not had enough of the Bush dynasty?

    June 16, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Ryan, New York, NY

    Why even bother to have elections when executive is turning into a competition between two families?

    It's ridiculous to think that, in a nation of 300 million people, the only qualified people all come from the same families.

    No more Bushes, No more Clintons.

    June 16, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  7. Cynthia

    Please no more Bushes – they are the reason why we are in the shape we are.

    June 16, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. Greg, NY

    Ha, yeah as if anyone would ever vote for a Bush again. I kinda wish he ran this year to prove that fact.

    The president may not be the last Bush to run for public office, but he's certainly the last one to be elected.

    June 16, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. VOTE 08!!!

    Fool me once sham on you.
    Fool me twice sham on me.

    We have already been shamed by the Bush’s. This country would become a laughing stock to elect another.

    June 16, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Danny in Chicago

    Yeah right.....this country will put ANOTHER Bush in the Oval Office. Right..... That's hilarious. Dont these political people realize that we are sick of these so-called political dynasties??? What are they thinking?? This is so funny that this is even KIND OF news!!! Another Bush in office.....that's SO FUNNY!!!

    June 16, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. christina

    No one with at least 2% of brain usage would put another Bush in office!!!

    June 16, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA

    Go ahead Jeb and run...

    I dare you...

    And see the landslide you lose by.

    June 16, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    Geez, know when to call it quits. We're not interested in dynasties. We want CHANGE. No more Bush. Ever.

    June 16, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Independent for Obama

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!

    In all honesty, I think Jeb is a lot better than GW, and he was a decent governor here in Florida, but WHY does everyone in that family think they need to be president? NO MORE!!!

    June 16, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Please, God, no.

    June 16, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. common sense

    nooo more Bush!!!!!!! American be smart

    June 16, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. SAY ITS NOT SO

    GOD HELP US ALL!!

    June 16, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Loretta from California

    Dear Lord , I hope not.

    June 16, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Frank, Missouri

    Jeb is probably the most capable of the three ... however, we cannot afford another Bush. We simply cannot afford it.

    June 16, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. R

    oh hell to the no! Bush is NOT a good president. Stating he'll be a good one means he WON'T!

    enough of all the Bush

    June 16, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. ashley

    please, God, no.

    June 16, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Ryan Breen

    I'm confused. "For the first time in nearly three decades, there won’t be a Bush on the presidential ballot this November." What about 1996? Dole/Kemp v. Clinton/Gore.

    June 16, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Ron R

    Uhhh...Is this some kind of joke or what???

    June 16, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. NH, Texas

    Enough already! No More!

    June 16, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Angela Frazier, Memphis TN

    Lord, help us all!! Will the nightmare never end??

    June 16, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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