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. scott,manchester NH

    and i thought i was nauseous enough from the LAST 8 years of idiocy and misery....its a sick, twisted and disgusting notion to imagine even ANY more of genes in gov't from the Bush Clan...

    ....WORST presidents in american history......PERIOD.

    June 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Concerned

    Living in Florida, I was very in tune with Jeb's policies. He was very in touch with public/private development which helped attract new businesses in this state.

    What I am concerned about is his inability to manage his own family. His daughter in and out of rehab and Jeb Jr. was caught in the act with an underage girl.

    Needless to say, when your life could be a feature on a Jerry Springer show, it is very hard to listen to him talk about his family being paramount.

    June 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. The Bush Twins : George and John

    Hell No ! I never want to see another Bush in office !! It's bad enough we have McCain running as he's just the same as the brainless twit we have now. No more Bush !!

    June 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. C from the D

    I wish he was running now so Barack's landslide victory would be even more pronounced.

    June 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    THAT IS REALLY ALL WE NEED.

    BUSH SR. KILLED OUR ECONOMY.

    BUSH JR. KILLED OUR ECONOMY.

    JEB WOULD TURN US LEGALLY. MORALLY &

    ECONOMICALLY INTO A 3rd WORLD COUNTRY.

    June 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. jim

    THIS ISN'T GREAT BRITAIN. Enough with the neo-monarchy. No more Bushes and Clintons monopolizing our great nation (which was founded on the principles that we could elect our leaders instead of having those leaders appointed from birth or marriage). Let's move on and elect someone new.

    June 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. David in Florida

    Jeb is a very good Governor, I voted for him twice.

    I do not however want him as President for the current moment.

    I think he is much better than his brother and will offer more to the American population than some Flavor-aid tainted "Change" offered by Obama.

    To me anyone that would demonize Jeb for running for President simply based upon his last name and support the inexperienced and untested Obama is simply out of their mind.

    Just remember he's for "CHANGE" and nothing else. Untested, No experience, supports higher taxes and losing in Iraq.

    WOW Barack sounds like my kinda guy!!!

    Vote with common sense and experience vote McCain 08!

    June 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. chuck

    This is the son who was supposed to be in the White House in 2000. Not the one who snorted coke, lost millions of dollars in investments, was arrested for a DUI, and who cheated on his wife. Maybe things would have been different is Jeb was in there. At this point the kook in there now has ruined it for anyone named Bush to ever be elected president. The only people to elect a "jeb" into the whitehouse would have to be relatives of the Clampetts.

    June 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Jim

    No. No way. Never. NO!

    June 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Jenny

    Personally it think Jeb Bush will be a much better president than McCain.

    Jeb Bush will only need to win all the states his brother won in 2004, we know Frolida will be an easy win for – he might loose Iowa but if he win OH, NM,CO and MO he will be in.

    Jeb Bush 2012 – and his Veep should be Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, this will help him win OH.

    Jeb BUsh/George Voinovich 2012

    June 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Daniel FL

    Nope. We have finally learned to listen to what our mothers told us when we were little. That is to "STAY OUT OF THE BUSHES"! There are to many snakes, ants, spiders, and disease-carrying rodents that reside in Bushes. Children shouldn't play in Bushes.

    June 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Thall999

    Maybe on the LIL' Bush Cartoon Jeb would be elected and FL would be culprit again!

    June 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. David, Doylestown, PA

    First, this is America and we should not have royal entitled families dynasties here. Second, we've had ENOUGH Bush politicians, just as we've have enough Clinton politicians. Hopefully Bush has tarnished the family name enough after his completely DISGRACEFUL 8 years that we will NEVER have another Bush in high elected office again!

    June 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. An Independent Hillary

    No more BUSH!!!!

    June 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Chad in Cincinnati

    Worst... President... Ever...

    what do you think???

    June 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. MN

    The Bush dynasty is not ending. The mismanagement of our economy, the shredding of the constituion, the decline of the U.S. brand in the global community due to the disastrous Iraq war and failure to lead in climate change, as well as the failure to establish a sustainable energy policy and disappointing lack of investment in education, healthcare is the true legacy of this Bush. It will take decades to turn this damage around.

    If I were Jeb, I would change my last name.

    June 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Jason, Koloa HI

    Who's next in the Bush dynasty? You mean for the guillotine? How bout' all of em'. "Let them eat blade flavored cake". Treasonous elitist vermin are not American, they are a digrace to humanity.

    June 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Mike

    I think once he is out of office and indicted for treason next year. The name Bush will go down in a fire ball.

    June 16, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Daniel

    I will vote for Jeb Bush if Hillary is not on the ticket!!

    Can you all see how stupid that sounds!! Say no to a Bush 3rd term.

    Vote for Change!

    June 16, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Christopher, Chicago, Illinois

    To Daughter of ENLISTED, keep following orders w/o capacity for independent thought. Great idea. And keep thinking you're doing anything but Dubya's scutwork while in the service.

    Son of Navy OFFICER

    June 16, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Brian, NJ

    We infortunately elected the wrong Bush in 2000. Jeb is the best of the three but won't get a change because of his brother.

    Then again, no one thought any child of the Nazi appeaser Joseph Kennedy, Sr. would get elected President...

    June 16, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. b

    Heaven forbid!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. Jackie

    I hope I never see another Bush in the White House. But nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to politics. People have very short memories. I don't trust the American voter!

    June 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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