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. EDW

    Oh no, no no no. that ain't gonna happen. Are you guys crazy??? Just asking for more trouble. Down with the Rupublicans!!!

    June 16, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Amanda M - Chicago, IL

    god save us all.....

    June 16, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. yogee

    For the first time in nearly three decades, there won’t be a Bush on the presidential ballot this November. – There wasnt a Bush on the ballot in 1996.

    June 16, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Jay - MN

    the simple thought of another "bush" in the whitehouse makes me Simultaneously clench my fists in rage and vomit in disgust.

    June 16, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. blaising

    I love Jeb. He'd be a wonderful candidate. Too bad he's another Bush.

    June 16, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Linda from Prescott

    Now that is one frightening proposition.

    June 16, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. AROD

    NO HE SHOULDN'T BECAUSE NO HE CANT

    June 16, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Peter

    Jeb had a chance to before big brother screwed everything up.

    He sounds like a more thoughtful and prudent guy but I would not want to take a chance on him.

    June 16, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. Kris

    I have heard Jeb is alittle more Liberal then the 2 others...I dont care. We dont need a dynasty as we have already. No more Bushs'

    June 16, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Kelby from Houston, TX

    In the words of the great pop singer Witney Houston

    "HELL TO THE NAWL!" in proper english this phrase translates to "HELL TO THE NO"

    NO MORE BUSH

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

    don't do it

    June 16, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Anne

    Jeb did a good job here in Florida but he made ti clear then he was not planning to run for president. Maybe this is a Bush with the family brains.

    June 16, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Patman

    We need another Bush in the White House like we need a flu epidemic!

    June 16, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. carlo

    Oh no you don't!

    See what happens when you try to have a dynasty? Thanks a lot George and Bill.

    June 16, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Mercedes

    You got to be kidding me! He brought the worst thing to Florida with this dumb FCAT testing. It's shame that we have to even think that this may be true. God save us!

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

    Ha. Ha. Ha.

    Please, please, pleeeease run, Jeb Bush.

    It's looking like the Bush family might be the best thing to happen to the progressive movement in a long time.

    June 16, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Scot

    "For the first time in nearly three decades, " – 1996 was 12 years ago. Hardly "nearly 3 decades"

    June 16, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Ryan

    Bush 88, Clinton 92, Clinton 96, Bush 00, Bush 04... I think this is enough with families controlling the whitehouse, we don't need Clinton or Bush 08, 12, 16... this is a democracy not a monarchy.

    June 16, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. lenora d. levine

    HAVEN'T WE BEEN BUSHWHACKED ENOUGH? THE LAST THING THIS COUNTRY NEEDS IS ANOTHER ROYAL FAMILY WANNA BE.
    lenora l.

    June 16, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. independent now

    HELP!

    June 16, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Michael Lorton. Virginia

    If Jeb Bush ever gets elected President, Mexico will have to re-enforce the border wall to keep the Americans out.

    June 16, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  22. Brian

    No way.

    June 16, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    Mc Cain 2008
    Hillary 2012

    Let him run against Hillary in 2012 now there would be a race!

    June 16, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. Ken in NM

    It would be a sad day if another Bush won the presidency.

    June 16, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. voter

    christina June 16th, 2008 1:02 pm ET

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

    Some people are thinking about voting for McCain which says alot since he has the same policies as Bush. Having a third bush in office seems plausible. sad but true.

    June 16, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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