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. lambrod4

    way to go

    June 16, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Broad street buddy

    For the love of God!!!!! no more Bushes!!!! our country cannot stand another term of utter incompetence and distain for the constitution. If it does happen i will promptly move to canada (england is to gloomy).

    June 16, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Jim Bob

    I am thinking this is a JOKE?

    It will take 30 to 40 years to clean up the financial mess and the harm to us in the World that KING GEORGE has done.

    June 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    *Takes deep breath*

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    *Catches breath*
    It'll never happen. Never. I think the American people will vote a piece of broccoli into the White House before voting another Bush in.

    June 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. katiti montgomery

    Why not. America seems to be bent on hanging us from all around the world. So let's get it started.

    June 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. stone cynic

    .If voters took a good look at the history of the Bush family then we would not have had to suffer through the last 8 years . Put another one in office and we will deserve all the misfortune that comes our way.

    June 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Geoff

    If Jeb runs and wins, God save the Republic, because we will have completed the transition to an aristocracy, a sure sign of permanent decline. "Will no one rid us of these troublesome Bushes?", a question worth asking should a third Bush "win" the presidency.

    June 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    NO THANK YOU!

    June 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. No McBush

    NO JEB & NO JOHN McBUSH!! NO, NO, NO, NO, NO

    June 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Greg in Arkensaw

    I think he should start by being on the ticket with John McCain as VP.

    June 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. Dem in Chicago

    Oh please. There will NOT be another President Bush.

    June 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. Mike Hunt

    I can see the 2016 general election now: Jeb Bush vs Chelsea Clinton.

    Some democracy!

    June 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Lois

    This shows the incredible ignorance of GWB. He is at the LOWEST popularity of any President in history, and he is touting and endorsing ANOTHER Bush for the office? Wow, does this guy know what is going on in his own country? He is that stupid? Yes, let's continue this "legacy". Unbelievable!

    June 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. carolflowery

    IM gonna miss my favorite cowboy, I still think he did his best to protect us no matter what anyone else may think

    June 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Citizen

    Not only no, but HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    That will NEVER happen... The people hate the Bush's...

    June 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. nannette boswell

    I never want to see a Bush in public office again. I know it is a possiblity but I will not vote for Bush.

    June 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. Neal Klomp

    We Americans need to get back to being anti-elite, thus anti-dynasty.
    Jeb may be smarter than W, but that still don't mean he's worth a darn.
    He is still a corrupt born rich biatch.
    I wouldn't trust him with my bill fold let alone the White House.

    June 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Joel from Texas

    If Jeb Bush decides to run for president the odds are going to be against him. He should rather donate all that he will spend on his campaign to a charity or a noble cuase.

    June 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. getsomeclues

    oh, yes....Jeb Bush, the man who helped his brainless brother get selected not elected in 2000! This is so funny....the brand "Bush" is now so toxic that ole Jeb couldn't get elected dogcatcher!! lol

    June 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Please!!!

    GebBu Please!

    No more Bush in sheep's clothing...

    June 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. JK

    Im bushed and so is America.

    Its about time the end is near with the Clintons and Bushs.

    June 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Dem in Chicago

    Well, it would be McCain, but I'm confident America won't let that happen.

    June 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Lucas

    We have been warned to "Stay out of the Bushes"/ Let us heed that advice. Enough is enough.

    June 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. San-CA

    As Whitney Houston would say "Hell-to-the NO!!!"

    June 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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