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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  1. nick

    Another Bush would destroy the United States position in the world.

    June 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Phil in KC

    I would say that W killed whatever political chanced Jeb had. He's gone as far as he's going to. Besides – the Bushes have SUCH a wonderful track record. I can't imagine why we would ever want another one.

    June 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. elizabeth

    Uh Oh

    June 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Binh

    lol If America puts another Bush in office, well.. Seriously?! Seriously!?

    June 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Jason

    Lets hope not this country couldn't take another but leave it to the bible belt

    June 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Phil,Fl

    heh maybe one day there will be an error in history and the text books 1,000 years later will read

    The American kings- The Bush Dynasty

    June 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. Noah

    May God have mercy on us all

    June 16, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. shelly

    Now the smart one wants to run......alittle late for that!!

    June 16, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. frank

    after this presidency, it's unlikely we will EVER see another president named bush.

    of course if obama turns out to be as awful a president as jimmy carter was, GHW Bush may in retrospect look like best president ever

    June 16, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Amy Lubchansky

    I speak for the literate folks in Florida when I say "God no, not Jeb for president". 8 years of being doubly Bush Whacked was way more than enough.

    June 16, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Dominic

    NO MORE!!!!

    This country can't take any more of their brand of corruption and incompetence.

    My mailman would be a better president than any Bush.

    June 16, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Ogden

    I feel sick.

    June 16, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Michael

    Just what we need another Bush in the White House, when does the pain end, I think we have had enough of the Bush's

    June 16, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. LB

    .God help us if we every put another Republican back in the White House after the last 8 years. Republican mottos: Distroy American. Give tax breaks to the weathly and let the little people make up the difference by charging them more in taxes. More wars less peace.

    June 16, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. John B. from Little Rock

    No.

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

    I LOVE it! Yes! We republicans voted for Bush twice and because were so smart we will vote McCain in for 8 yrs and then we will get Bush in. I LOVE it. Only in America can we get a possible 6 Bush policy Terms

    We Republican thin outside the BOX , we know what were doing ;)

    I wold like to extend my hand to all the Hillery supporters and with your help vote McCain or dont vote at all. We Can Do It.

    June 16, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. RickytheGriff

    What did the American people do to the Bush family to make us deserve that?!?!

    Is Jeb's first lady going to be the two Japanese hookers that came to his hotel room when he was still married?

    June 16, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. AHired Gun

    Pigs will fly before there is another Bush in the White House.

    June 16, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. Daughter of USAF Master Sargeant

    To USAF Staff Sargeant – Maybe God will help us elect another Bush; sure beats any of the liberal Democrats' options. Face it – The Dems will try to appease terrorists and that will cause greater problems for our children.
    My dad sreved in the airforce for 20 years to protect this country and keep it free; I choose to honor him and all the other brave men and women who serve/served and die for democracy and freedom.

    June 16, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. Another Bush in the White House

    Of good another Bush in the White House Now we can look forward to attacking a few more hapless countries – maybe Venezuela, Syria, Sudan, heck, maybe Canada.

    June 16, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. FLORIDA Voter for Obama

    Uh, if that ever really happened I would move out of the country. No BS. Seriously.

    June 16, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Daughter of USAF Master Sargeant

    To USAF Staff Sargeant – Maybe God will help us elect another Bush; sure beats any of the liberal Democrats' options. Face it – The Dems will try to appease terrorists and that will cause greater problems for our children.
    My dad served in the airforce for 20 years to protect this country and keep it free; I choose to honor him and all the other brave men and women who serve/served and die for democracy and freedom.

    June 16, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Kerri

    No more. Please, no more. Let's end this awful "dynasty". We don't need to be run any further into the ground.

    June 16, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    You Have Got To Be Kidding Me!

    June 16, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. Marcus E. Anderson all for Obama 08

    Wow the Bushes have the Billary mentality that it is entitled. As a Govenor Jeb does a pretty good job as a potential presidental canidate he couldn't beat the Rev. Al Sharpton(love you Rev but you never stood a chance). 3 words Please God NO!!!

    June 16, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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