December 16th, 2008
12:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Bush wants Jeb to run for Senate

Pres. Bush told CNN Tuesday that he'd like to see his brother Jeb run for political office again.
Pres. Bush told CNN Tuesday that he'd like to see his brother Jeb run for political office again.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Jeb Bush for Senate? His famous older brother thinks so.

In an interview with CNN’s Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley, President Bush responded “yes” when asked whether his brother Jeb should run for the senate seat being vacated in 2010 by Republican Mel Martinez.

The president said he did not know if his brother, a popular former Florida governor, would ultimately run and had not discussed the prospect with the elder President Bush.

“I haven’t talked to my dad about whether or not he wants Jeb to run. First of all knowing my dad I bet he would say I want Jeb to do that which is best for him and then he would go on to say but if he chose to run he would be a great United States senator and he would be.”

President Bush also said he was “neutral” in next year’s Texas governor’s race which Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will likely mount a tough Republican primary challenge against Governor Rick Perry.


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soundoff (373 Responses)
  1. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    NO MORE BUSHES ON THE PUBLIC PAYROLL EVER AGAIN!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Angie-OHIO

    NO MORE BUSHES.BROTHERFATHER.MOTHER,SISTER,COUSIN, AUNT, UNCLE NO MORE!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY GET WORSE AND WORSE. THEY NEED TO TRY ANOTHER LINE OF WORK AND STOP LIVING OFF THE WORKING PEOPLE.

    December 16, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. red

    ANOTHER ONE ???? I THOUGHT THEY WERE OVER WITH

    AMERICA WISE UP !!!!
    DONT BE FOOLED!!!!
    "FOOL ME ONCE SHAME ON YOU, FOOL ME TWICE SHAME ON ME"!!!

    THE BUSH LEGACY IS OVER!!!!!!
    HISTORY BOOKS WILL TELL
    CANT WAIT TO WRITE MANY PAPERS ON THIS
    ]

    I

    December 16, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Texas Teacher

    Have we NOT learned our lesson where the Bush Family is concerned? :)

    Fool me once... shame on you. Fool me twice... shame on me. Fool me three times... what the heck was I thinking... and I deserve exactly what I get! Seriously..... learn the lesson or pay the price!

    December 16, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. lovable liberal

    It'll take more than two years to rehabilitate the family brand, hopefully forever.

    December 16, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. carol

    Oh my Lord, not another one.....haven't we suffered enough for the past 8 years without the thought of yet another Bush getting into the Senate and maybe running for President at some point!!!!
    This is a very scary idea!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. I'm Not Missing The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    The "Bush legacy" – 41 and 43 – has done enough damage to the country. No more Bushes ... or Clintons.

    December 16, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Michelle

    It is too early to tell if we want another Clinton, or another Obama, Michelle Obama as our commander-in-chief in a dangerous world.

    December 16, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Out with the old in with the new. December 16th, 2008 3:41 pm ET
    We don't need any more Bushes which includes
    Father of Bushes
    Mother of Bushes
    Cousin of Bushes
    Sister of Bushes
    Brother of Bushes
    Daughter of Bushes
    Son of de Bushes

    That goes double for Kennedys.

    December 16, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Chris - Denver

    Noooooooooo! Enough with the Bushes already!

    December 16, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. sam

    As for Jeb and W being popular governors, so was Sarah Palin and we all know how that turned out.

    December 16, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. GuyInVA

    The President wants his brother to COMPETE for a senate seat. Harry Reid want another Kennedy to be APPOINTED. God forbid the people decide. I know little about either person, but it would seem to me that the appointment of someone with a famous name is a little worse than allowing someone with a famous name an opportunity to be elected.

    December 16, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. 3strikes

    NOBAMA
    cant believe that over 65 million people actually believed that clowns pandering of hope and change.

    PALIN 2012

    December 16, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. NO MORE BUSHES

    NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES...NO MORE BUSHES... ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Prince Paul

    slow dow n Jeb, may be a good governor, but a good US senator, that takes more than governing, it takes obama like brains, kenedy like brains not bush like brains! You need more than a name Jeb!!!

    December 16, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. NO MORE BUSHES

    DOES ANYBODY HAVE A SHOE?!?!?!?!

    December 16, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. BUSH BEGONE!

    As long as he runs in Florida who cares.

    December 16, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Lori

    Florida- you made us proud this last election. Please don't disappoint us with Jeb!

    December 16, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. Viet Vet

    To all you people blasting away at folks that wouldn't vote simply because of the bush name would you vote for p person named
    Hitler or Satan. Hell you probably didn't vote for Barack because his middle name is Hussein, freakin morons

    December 16, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Corey

    Roosevelt and Kennedy dynasties are one thing, but the Bushes? Even George Bush, Sr. only seems better because the completely lackluster administration of his eldest son.

    December 16, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. Dave, Illinois

    All you Libs attacking another Bush running for office are probably just fine with another Kennedy. At least the Bush's are not a bunch of murderers and rapists like the Kennedy clan. Are you going to let this one through CNN Censor???

    December 16, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. hgen

    Simply incredible. I hear no one talking about Caroline Kennedy aspiring to the New York Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton. And was Hillary from New York? No more so than Caroline's uncle Robert who held the Senate seat previously. While I would have to doubt the intelligence of the people of New York by clinging to famous folks from other parts of the country to serve in the US Senate, ultimately it is their own choice, just as the people of Florida will decide whether or not to elect Jeb Bush. In terms of qualifications, what qualification does Caroline Kennedy have to serve as United States Senator from New York? Unfortunately, her only qualification is her last name.

    December 16, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. Cynthia

    Funny how we have too many Bushes. I think we can say we have too many Kennedys as well. If it were really out with the old and in with the new we wouldn't be talking about Caroline Kennedy!

    December 16, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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