December 16th, 2008
12:55 PM ET
5 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. JL

    LOL, OMG, LOL, LOL..................this man lives truly on the banks of DE'NIEL...................................GW pull away, move to higher ground YO, the H20 is rising. LOL, his brother in political office....................how steal it like you did?

    December 16, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Proud to be Republican

    Id vote for Jeb bush, not just because i want to contradict amber, but because he is a fine candidate, and better than any democrat

    December 16, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. GA Independent

    Read my lips: NO MORE SHRUBS.

    December 16, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Debbie in DC

    No way. Save your money Bush family. We would not vote for you.

    December 16, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Karen from Charlottesville

    Sadly for jeb, he will be tarnished by his brother's actions.

    December 16, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Sandy

    NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Tired of W, OH

    Why not? If he fails he can't exactly damage the family name any more than it already is. Maybe Dubya can give him a lesson on how to rig an election...

    December 16, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Jack in Tampa

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. We have already been subjected to too many Bushes......no more.....Just say no!

    December 16, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Ray

    No more Bush Please FOREVER

    December 16, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. John in Ohio

    Don't do it Florida!

    December 16, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. David Goldman

    JEBEDIAH CAN DO IT.

    ALL HE NEEDS IS A NEW NAME &

    SOME CHROMOSOMAL RESTRUCTURING.

    December 16, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Observer in SC

    Arrrrrrggggghhhhh! Haven't we had ENOUGH of Bush!

    We've been "BUSH-WHACKED" already.

    December 16, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Cindy Nelson

    Oh Please. Enough with the Bush's already. We've had enough Bush family politicians to last a lift time. Just reture Jeb. Save us all.

    December 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Pierre

    Agreed. Not in millions years.

    December 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. QG

    Now that we have a real leader this all seems like a bad dream.

    December 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Cindy Nelson

    I meant to say Retire Jeb and save us all.
    No one needs the Bush's.

    December 16, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Aaron from Ohio

    Jeb was popular as governor of Florida. He has a chance to win if he runs. Overcoming his brother's legacy is another ball of wax. The president endorsed McCain for the presidency and then was avoided like the plague by McCain. Jeb probably would prefer to distance himself from his brother. President Bush's name is synonomous with failure. Not just your garden variety of failure either. His ineptiutude is of historic proportions. When was the last time you saw a president have to duck shoes thrown at his head? On a farewell tour no less! He started his presidency by having eggs thrown at his limo. He ends it with having a size 10 aiming for his head. Perfect bookends for an imperfect presidency.

    December 16, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. sunshine

    WHY??

    December 16, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  19. JebCAT

    I would NEVER vote for that idiot, ever!!!

    December 16, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Indiana

    Please Go away we are tired of the Name BUSH!

    December 16, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Frederick in VA

    There are plenty of people who would vote for Jeb. Problem is, thanks to the spread of Obama and Blagojevich's Chicago-style politics, we're not voting for Senate seats anymore. We are buying them.

    December 16, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Bill

    His campaign signs should just read say Jeb or John Ellis. Then no one will realize the family connection.

    December 16, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Mickey, New York

    Time to trim the Bushes.... THis country has had enough of this traitorous family!

    December 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  24. Evan

    l don't know anything about Jeb's politics or his leadership abilities so I won't speak to them; however, I can say for certain that no good can come an endorsement from his brother in regards to Jeb's future political ambitions. Especially now.

    December 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Wendi Lee

    I am sure Jeb would serve us in Florida as he did as Governor. HORRIBLY! You just can't get rid of those Bushes...like roaches immune to RAID.

    December 16, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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