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. Sadie

    A third Bush? Is that one of the signs of the apocalypse? Lord save us all.

    June 16, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Jerry

    No more Bush in the office.....NO NO NO NO NO NO
    Go fishing Bush's

    June 16, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. Nightmare

    I had a nightmare like this. I woke up in a cold sweat. Worse nightmare I ever had.

    June 16, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Jon

    Which Bush was on a ticket in 1996? Was 1996 "three decades ago"!? How long have I been asleep? What year is it?

    June 16, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Ben

    Good god, not another one...

    June 16, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. CT

    Let's hope this Bush is the last one!

    June 16, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Vik

    Yuck, is all I can say!

    June 16, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. Latha, Ohio

    I just threw up my lunch.

    June 16, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. New Day

    hehehe this is silly.

    June 16, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    Technically, that may be correct. However, since McCain's platform is essentially an extension of the George W. Bush platform, Jeb would be the fourth.

    June 16, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. R. Carrillo

    Three decades? So then the '96 election between Clinton/Gore and Dole/Kemp doesn't count?

    June 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. I AM NOW AN INDEPENDENT!*********

    JEB IS AN IDIOT JUST LIKE HIS FATHER AND BROTHER!

    HE SCREWED FLORIDA UP AND DUMPED THE MESS ON CRIST WHO IS A JOKE AS WELL!!!!

    THESE PEOPLE SHOULDN'T HOLD ANY OFFICE!

    June 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. Tired of W, OH

    That'll never happen. He'd need to change his name to ever stand a chance. Besides, Johnny McBush is trying to become the 3rd Bush already.

    June 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. If Obama wins

    Well.. if Obama wins... another Bush will look good by comparison.

    June 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. WE ARE ONE

    McCa

    June 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Theresa in Georgia

    Help US ALL!! No more Bushes! Two is ENOUGH!!!

    June 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Dave

    there was no Bush on the presidential ballot in 1996

    June 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. Kiah

    The thought made my stomach hurt!

    June 16, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. Mavik

    Was a Bush on the presidential ballot in 1996?

    June 16, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Joe

    The first phrase is inaccurate - no Bush was on a ticket in 1996.

    June 16, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. Andy

    First line: "For the first time in nearly three decades, there won’t be a Bush on the presidential ballot this November."

    What about 1996? I don't remember a Bush on the ballot, but I suppose I may have forgotten.

    June 16, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. WE ARE ONE

    McCain IS ANOTHER BUSH , WE NEED TO STOP HIM .

    June 16, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. unions are not stupid

    Good lord if they think his brother has a ghost chance in hell of winning they are completely buts! Talk about winning by a landslide!

    I bet that is the reason though they have Mc Cain running this time they want to get rid of him because they know they are going to lose

    June 16, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. DQ

    " 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?

    June 16, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. Glenn

    In retrospect, I believe that the first Bush would have been more than enough. The twelve years of the Bush Dynasty have been the low points in our American history. We certainly don't need another Bush.

    June 16, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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