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. BeauMan

    Does P.E. Obama have any suggestions on the best way to acquire a Senate seat? Oops, this is about Florida...that terribly corrupt state that you liberals keep reminiscing about. Not Illinois, breeding ground of the most admirable politicians that symbolize strong character and and demonstrate good judgement in all of their relationships. Wanted to say something before all you Bush-haters start your rant.

    December 16, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Vicki5

    I hope he does not run! Not a trustworthy man.

    December 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. Biff

    Please God, no. PLEASE God...... we pray...... no more Bush influence on this country......

    December 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Dem in NE

    ick

    December 16, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Phil in KC

    "Stay out of the Bushes!"
    Although, he would have to be better than his older brother. And, as one senator, he can't do nearly as much damage.

    December 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. jeff in MA

    This is a very bad idea considering people think W. is the smarter of the two brothers.

    December 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. same old story

    Lets all just throw up.

    December 16, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. DC in New York City

    Yeah... Go Jeb !!!

    December 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. Elmo

    Yes they will vote for a Bush. There are a lot of gullible people out there. Some still believe Dubya is actually a good president. It's time to break the Bush, Clinton, and Kennedy hold on politics. Nobama isn't the answer either.

    December 16, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Lame Duck

    Republicans will vote for him... Remember some republicans actually believe as does John McCain that we are better off today than we were 8 years ago. (When you own about 10 houses and a fleet full of cars, you don't see the issues of the common man).

    With that logic in mind, the republicans would vote for Mickey Mouse and in George Walker Bush, they did !!!

    December 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. THE OLD TIMNER

    dont need him time to get rid of the old names in congress and the whitehouse.

    December 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Ernie in LA

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    December 16, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. RMAN

    I agreed that he needs to change his name before running.

    December 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Jeanne H.

    Good luck to Jeb. He seems like a decent person, but with the dismall approval rating of his dad and and especially his brother, I think people would feel quite leary about voting for another Bush.

    December 16, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Unshrub

    This country hasn't fixed the mess from the first two Bush's. Lord help us if we get another Bush in office.

    December 16, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. big daddy

    The world is better offf with the bush family out of office !!!

    December 16, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Arthur

    Why won't these people just go away?

    December 16, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. jean

    People please stay out of the Bush(es). George W. and his father were enough Bush to last a century. For heaven sake, "Jeb no, don't run. Some people are too stupid to relaize the effect of the Bushes. They have thorns.

    December 16, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. Jozee

    NO, NO, A THOUSAND TIMES, NO!

    December 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Jason

    Oh no, sweet Jesus, NO.

    December 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Matt

    I hope that when Bush leaves, it will mean the end of the Bush family legacy in Washington. I do not know about you but I am not going to take another chance on anybody with the last name of "Bush" every again.

    December 16, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Brenda R. Harris

    Stay out of the BUSHES !!!.

    December 16, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. FAYE, NV

    Absolutely no more Bush's in no kind of Office not even the Post Office. We have had enough of them.

    December 16, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. zzzzzz

    No more Bushes!! No more Bushes!! No more Bushes.

    December 16, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  25. No Hillary = No Obama

    Will these Bushs' never leave us alone? Go away and stay away

    December 16, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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