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. chuck

    To all the bush lovers,the state of florida was at an all time high for almost everything at the time jeb left office.
    Well the dubya policies caught up with our state as well as the entire world and there would have been nothing jeb could have done to prevent it.
    What would his popularity be if he left office this year? Around what his brothers is I am sure. He got out at a really good time because of term limits,he has to be happy about term limits about now.
    We are now floundering worse then many states because of our economy is based on growth in the real estate market and tourism.
    With both of those industries in the tank ,it sux to be a floridian.Many are suffering badly.If it was him that brought us all the good,was it him then that is also responsible for the bad now that the bubble burst? We have nearly the lowest unemployment payment in the country as well as the lowest workers comp payments and now the state approved for citizens to be charged to pay for a nuclear plant that is privatively owned. Sounds like the sort of socialism that republicans are ok with.

    December 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Naqib

    Someone in Cali:
    "Why on Earth would we need another Bush? to rise the budget deficit even more beyond $10 trillion like his brother?(after BILL CLINTON erased the deficit in his terms"

    Uhhh... no deficit? It was 5.5 trillion dollars in 2000... and increased 1.5 Trillion under Clinton... granted it's up over 4 trillion under Bush... but try to at least get the facts straight... we've had a deficit for well over 50 years. Clinton did have a balanced annual budget his last year

    December 16, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. SC independent

    And the consensus is..... FORGET IT BUSHIE............................................
    And don't start crying "dynasty" as the Dems are with filling Hillary's Senate seat. These seats are NOT celebrity prizes.

    December 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Nola

    NONONONO

    December 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Dianne

    The father, the son and the holy BUSH.

    Enough already!!!

    December 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Ali Siddiky, Norfolk, Va.

    I have a great deal of respect for Jeb Bush as a person ,perhaps the best of Bush clan. Did't we had enough of the bushes ? I think we all will be better off without the Midas touch of the Bushes. No more shoe treatment.

    December 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Fenarkleman

    NO MORE BUSHES! STOP IT ALREADY! NO MORE. I'll take more Clintons if it means the same kind of economic prosperity that we had toward the end of 2000. But no more Bushes!

    December 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. Jim in Bisbee

    Please, NO!! Hasn't that family done enough to screw up the United States?

    December 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. Guy

    No thanks... another Bush is NOT what this country needs. Whatever happened to Neal Bush? Who's sitting on him these days?

    December 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. CJ

    We do not need another one like the one we have. Look at the mess we have. Even Jebs son had to have special consideration in school, so what else do we need. NO MORE BUSH!

    December 16, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. BushBroughtNothingButSuffering

    Equation that has only a bad solution:

    W*Bush + Condi*Cheney^2/Rummy – The Shoe Thrower = Saddam*binLadin^3 + Iran/Iraq^(Afghanistan) – Geb^(G.H.W.)/shrub^(w.bush.disaster)

    December 16, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Alan

    To those asking who we're going to blame, once Obama is in office...we might not blame ANYONE. Then again - we might blame YOU if you're one of the complete imbecils who is right now criticizing Obama's every move when he's not even taken office yet.

    You hear a lot of Bush bashing on these pages because, in one eight-year period, no president in history has ever brought our nation and our freedoms and our treasury and our economy and on and on and on to such a low point.

    It's a tremendously amazing feat - one that deserves the animosity it's getting.

    But - think about this: at least the bashing didn't begin BEFORE HE STEPPED INTO THE WHITE HOUSE.

    December 16, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. cph9680

    Um, sorry, no thanks. I think the Duh-bya has successfully killed the Bush "dynasty"

    December 16, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Betty the maid

    I dont think so fat fuk!!!!

    December 16, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. m warren

    no more BUSHES , IF ANYONE HAS NOT HAD ENOUGH OF ALL THE CORRUPTION WITH THIS BUSH FAMILY , THAN THEY MUST BE BLIND OR STUPID . NO PLACE LEFT IN THE SPOT LITE FOR ANNNNNNNNNY BUSHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. Shay

    I don't think so. LOL

    December 16, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. BushBroughtNothingButSuffering

    USA has no better people. Tha's why the dreadful bushes come up again and again. saddam=bush=hoover=depression=w.=geb=allhellbeings.

    December 16, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Alex

    Who cares what George wants? With his approval rating, Jeb should think about changing his last name.

    December 16, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. DX in TX

    Jeb Bush is nothing to be concerned about. Now his son George P. Bush is a rising star in the Republican party. I'm sure Dick Cheney and Karl Rove are grooming him as we speak. (a frightening thought) I predict that George P. Bush will be president in 2032.

    Obama/Binden
    2008-2016

    December 16, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Brian

    Enough already! This country has suffered SO much under both the "dult" of daddy Bush and the "absence of mentality" in the out-going one. PLEASE don't saddle this country with another one!

    December 16, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. Tim

    No more of the horrendous Bush clan.

    Maybe Texas will take all of them and allow the rest of the country to heal.

    December 16, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Chris in MI

    Ugh! They both need to call it quits and find some volunteer work to do. (think Katrina!) Lord knows they don't need a steady paycheck coming in. And we do NOT need any more Bushes holding any kind of public office again!!

    December 16, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. Jack

    Jeb Bush should just go away. Just because Jeb Bush was popular back then doesn't mean a win for him is a sure thing. If a well known democrat in the state such as Bob Graham or Alex Sink enter the race, I don't see either of them losing to Jeb. This states political climate has shifted dramatically in voter affiliation in the democrats favor.

    December 16, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. SJ

    No more Bush Family members in government. Jeb should go back to Maine where he grew up and where his family lives. He's a fake Floridian at best and a member of a crooked family at worst.

    December 16, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Meh

    Matt B> I don't care about his ratings. Palin had high ratings, too...before her people found out what a dope she is.
    Jeb's as shady as all the other Bushes. Do you think W. would have "won" Florida if he wasn't?

    December 16, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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