June 16th, 2008
03:06 PM ET
7 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. Ouch!!

    No more dictators in presedential clothing...

    June 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    I AM SURE JEB WOULD BE AS GREAT AS HIS FATHER

    AND BROTHER. AND WE WOULD LOOK GREAT ON

    SOUP & BREAD LINES.

    June 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Ed from PA

    If this happens, please kill me.

    June 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. TOM

    YES – Jeb is 100 % better than GW – Jeb did a great job in FL

    Jeb – GO FOR IT in 2012

    June 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Stef in Ohio

    Yikes. And people think Obama and McCain are scary.

    June 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Derek

    i think after what we learned form this current bush and bush sr, we won't see another bush in the white house again.

    June 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Shasta

    How precious.

    June 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Florence E

    Just the thought of another "Bush" in the White House makes me cringe. There is hope in the world community that with this Bush gone the US will improve it's image. I'd say Bush number 2 has dragged us down to such a degree that a Bush number 3 would hopefully be an impossibility.

    June 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. bill in ocala, fl

    less bush in life, in overabundance, it is gross

    June 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Sam

    Why would we want another BUSH to screw up the country. Just say "NO to BUSH".

    June 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. McCain AGAINST Womens' Rights

    Dear God, no. Besides, McCain is the next Bush.

    June 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Joe

    Please Please NO more Bush's We have had enough

    June 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Erik B

    that's scary.

    We've had one mentaly handicap president, and we have a senile one on the ballot this year, if McCain wins, and this country still exist Jeb will be sure to destroy it.

    June 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Were NOT your friends!

    First of all if anyone in the Bush family had any common sense at all they would figure out that a third Bush as commander and chief will NEVER happen. This country had been through some terrible times over the past 8 years and I don't think the voters are stupid enough to give this family another shot at it. It just shows how naive and frankly STUPID our president is with his 28% approval rating.

    June 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. After further review,Texas.

    No wonder they have a thing for using the word "tzar'for all their appointments.They think this family is royalty.More like imbreds to me.

    June 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Kirsten

    I think Jeb's to smart for that. Anyone can see that he wouldn't win(at least not for another 20 years). Why would he waste his time with that then? He's to good to be president...

    June 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. katiec

    Why anyone would vote for a Bush for any office is beyond me.
    They have done irreparable damage to our country.
    Enuf cowboys!!

    June 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    How would even the die hard, evangelical Christians support this one?

    June 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. Ted

    It's not the first time in nearly three decades a Bush isn't on the ballot. Clinton ran against Dole in 1996.
    Also, please no more Bushes, HW was alright, W was one of the worst we had, and Jeb....*shudders*
    Obama 08

    June 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Mike

    There was no Bush on the Presidential Ballot in 1996. It was Clinton-Gore vs Dole-Kemp.

    June 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Jason in TX

    I feel sorry for Jeb – he got screwed over by his brother. I think he would make a great president, but his chances were destroyed by GWB's performance as president. It's a real shame.

    June 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Brrr....

    OH I'LL BET LAURA HAD AN "UNBELIEVABLE" TIME LIVING IT UP ON THE PUBLIC'S DIME, PROVIDING HER INVALUABLE "SERVICE" FOR US. HA!

    June 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Steve

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

    Ummm... 1996?

    June 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. d

    I live in Florida.Jeb is less an idiot than GW, but still far from someone I would want as president. Notice to all Bushes, please go away, you have done far more harm to our country than good..why the heck did Prescott Bush ever reproduce!!, What was he thinking?

    June 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Pablo

    God. No. Please.

    June 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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