December 16th, 2008
12:55 PM ET
10 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. MikeH

    Jeb may be a pragmatist, he certainly knows how to speak english much better then his brother George, but... there is that small problem with his cheating on his wife that led her to be seen screaming outside the other woman's apartment late one night back in 2000.

    December 16, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. chris

    Unfortunately, if he runs, he’ll win. I'm from Florida and I know that he is extremely popular in this State.

    I would be one that would not vote for him based on his job performance during his tenure as Governor but there are many here who would.

    So, like it or not, here comes another Bush to Washington.....

    December 16, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Mike

    Jeb is just another casualty of his brother. Can go nowhere now- which is a tradegy-since he would have made a good Senator or even a good President.

    December 16, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Give me a break!

    Umm jsk in florida...

    You must live in a COMPLETELY different state than I! Florida was no better under Bush and certainly worse under Crist...

    Where do you live? The Governor's mansion???

    December 16, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. canadian pov

    I thought Dynasty was cancelled years ago. So far there have been two very unsuccessful Presidents name Bush. A third wouldn't be any better and not worth the risk to the planet.

    December 16, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. California

    jsk from Florida – Open the vaults of records up in 20 years and Bush's 78% Dissaproval rate as one of the Worst Presidents in US History will still remain. Genocide in Iraq is what is happening ever since the war in 2003 which has killed 1 million Iraquis, injured even more than those killed, displaced 1 million more(Saddam Hussein did not even do half of these numbers but he will always be a genocidal criminal) and destroyed much of the infrastructure in the country and actually made Al Qaeda and its affiliate groups stronger and more popular than ever.

    Taliban still has a 72% hold on Afghanistan(on 3 out of 4 highways leading into the capital Kabul imagine that), Bush has let that war drop out of the radar and this gave the Taliban time to grow stronger and regroup. Anthrax scares came from a public employee under this unregulated governments mediocrity. The timetables that Obama originally established for the gradual withdrawal were never official and subject to change if necessary.

    Bush & his cabinet has NOT spread democracy, hope or freedom throughout the world, what they have spread is called Imperialism & Pre-emptive war which has always been an Imperialist tactic(since the Romans) to conquer people by force. Do not let they're lying shroud confuse you, they only use war for economic, geopolitical and domestic political benefits & interests.

    BeenThereDoneThat guts the rest of your argument with his/her excellent comment. Great job BeenThereDoneThat!

    December 16, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Give me a break!

    And just mention two words...


    Case closed.

    December 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. MAD

    The arrogance ... not just from the Bushes but the Clintons ... the Bidens .... anybody who thinks the belong in office just because someone else in their family was in politics.

    We're tired of you folks ... don't you get it .... we HATE YOU ... we're tired of you believing that you are imminently qualified for public office. Get off the public payroll, get a real job and create some real value for society.

    December 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Billy in Las Vegas

    as they say in New York, FORGET-ABOUT-IT!!!

    December 16, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Bill

    No more Bush family members near Washington D.C. It is in their DNA to screw the country up. They simply cannot help themselves.

    December 16, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. KS shrub

    He will have to have everything "in order" in FL, even then I think it will be doubtful. If Jeb wanted to be pres. he should have run before big bro messed up America beyond recognition and went down as worst US president in history. Actually, voiceing and interest in running now shows Jeb has a severe lack of judgement and in not in touch with the American people. If he were listening to America (70+%) he would lay low and let the memory of the nightmare of the last 8 years fade.

    December 16, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Bush Born Democrat - Upenn student

    Good luck to the poor Bush clone. Short of him apologizing for the last eight years to MY generation ( for starters) regarding our credit cards which his family has charged TRILLIONS of dollars to.... there is NO WAY any of us with common sense would vote for this corrupt Bush family reject. You guys think Illinois is bad... Remember 2004 anyone???

    December 16, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Al

    People in Florida love Jeb????!!!!! Excuse me...I live in Florida. Yeah, he was fine after the hurricanes, but that's about all you can say for him. He did NOTHING for this state except to allow the developers to have free reign. That's why Florida is now one of the top two states in home foreclosures. Yes, perhaps he's not as big a moron as his idiot brother, but for the people of this state he did nothing.

    December 16, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. rob

    No just go more Bush of any size or shape. They all suffer from stupidity

    December 16, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. maria Mtl, Can.

    No more Bush.....

    December 16, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Hillary

    Yes! Floridians please vote Mr. Jeb Bush in. He could be our 45th president.

    December 16, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Truth Hurts

    Now this would be seat bought for real!!

    December 16, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Suzanne

    I hope he runs. Only after Jeb is defeated in a landslide will W. fully realize the level to which he has tarnished the Bush name. A shoe to the face apparently didn't do it, nor has the sound defeat of his party in the recent election. Try Bush and his entire lot of cronies with treason.

    December 16, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Johnnyboy


    "We are tired of the Bushes, Please please in the name of God, we want peace in the senate and in America."

    Many of us are tired of the Clinton's, too. I would be happy to see an agreement that no other Bushes run for office or have a key role in an administration if we can get the same arrangement for the Clinton's. Sadly, its too late.

    December 16, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Jeb should be big enough to make his own decision. All I can say is that I would like at least one election cycle where there is no Bush leaving office or running for office or in office.

    December 16, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Pam

    I live in Florida and am a state employee. If Jeb runs for senate and wins, I'm moving to Canada.

    He is devious and he rigged the Florida election, which is what got Bush in office in the first place.

    December 16, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Denise Colorado

    Haven't we seen enough of the Bushes?

    December 16, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. FreeNLovIt

    I rather see Palin run for the spot than Jeb Bush.

    December 16, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. Debbie

    Oh God please, not another one.

    December 16, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. bsmith171

    the younger BUSH should have been president. JORGE BUSH was never qualified.

    December 16, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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