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. PL

    Oh God please, not another BUSH. Enough Is Enough....

    December 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Vigla

    2010 is too soon for another Bush to run for office. Perhaps the name is forever sullied in politics. Then again, it is Florida we're talking about...

    December 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Bridgette-PA

    Umm, I DON'T THINK SO!

    December 16, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Michael in Houston

    How nice. What a grand idea. Yep, lets have another Bush in Washington DC.
    Can we at least get rid of the current Bush and have a breather before we even think about bringing up the name Bush again.

    December 16, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Hugh Betcha

    Won't these Bushes ever get off of the public dole and get a real job?

    MUST THEY LIVE OFF OF THE TAXPAYERS THEIR ENTIRE LIVES??

    December 16, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. janet

    The Bush name is tainted meat. No one wants them to run their country or state.

    December 16, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Jirizu

    No More Bushes what ever name they come by.....Jeb....Babara....Jenna......and worst of all GEORGE

    December 16, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. peter

    Bush for senate!

    Very interesting eventhough I prefer is brother still his big brother ruined all the bush names no matter where they all came from.

    December 16, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. W who?

    I don't think that W's opinions’ will ever matter to anyone within his party or for that matter within any other political party. As for Jeb, he can probably kiss any political aspirations goodbye thanks to W. The “Bush Dynasty” is probably over and it couldn’t be any sooner for America. – Amen!

    December 16, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Richard

    Florida thought Jeb might have done a decent job until Charlie Crist came along and had to fix a lot of Jeb's messes.

    No matter how good Jeb could do, he can never undo the mess left by his family. NO MORE BUSH LEAGUE PRESIDENTS! NO MORE BUSH-WHACKING! We have suffered enough.

    December 16, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Chris - Orlando, FL

    You've got some nerve Jeb. Your older brother has decimated this country and your chicanery in 2000 allowed him to do it. If you and your family had any decency you all would be apologizing to the American people rather than running for office. To my amazement you left the Governor's Mansion with high approval ratings. That fact doesn't speak highly of Floridians and if they send you to the Senate in 2010 then this state will have truly shown its ignorance. Hopefully it won't happen. With any luck, the Bush dynasty is over...and good riddances.

    December 16, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. R Liberty

    Nancy Reagan said it best:

    Just say NO !!!

    America has had enough Bush to last a lifetime.

    December 16, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Chuck

    Only in Florida. That says alot about Florida.

    December 16, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Carlos

    Oh wow I can see it Bush/Palin 2012....God help us all..

    December 16, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. cj Clearwater, FL

    NOOOOOOOOO, no more Bush's for at least 100 years!! It'll take that long or longer to try and get our country back to decency!!

    December 16, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Scott NYC Independent

    The crook that didn't get caught – I hope Florida has learned its lesson of broken promises and dosen't repeat it mistake.

    December 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Coni, Naples FL

    We haven't recovered from having him as governor. That's why we rank in the bottom five in all categories. Education, for example.

    December 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. Terry

    It sounds probable that he would lose, right? Yet, Jeb Bush had one of the highest favorability rates among all the governors of the states. He was and still is very well liked down there in Florida. I wouldn't count him out. I mean it is obvious to see how the Democrats would go after him with his name and all, but I think he has a fighting chance. Politics is won and lost by perception. If he comes off as his own man, if he showes people he isn't one of his brothers goons, If he shows people that he is his own man, he very well could win. The Democrats would have to throw a powerhouse at him.

    December 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. NuDeal

    I was talking to my Dad about running. It is great to see how politics work in our great country. You know you believe you have a sense of entitlement when the response to the question is

    "I haven’t talked to my dad about whether or not he wants Jeb to run."

    It is not whether you feel you can effectively serve the people of the US, it is whether your parents say it is alright to run.

    NuDeal thinks it should be a New Day

    December 16, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Renee/Seattle

    NO MORE BUSHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT US AS A PEOPLE, THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT THEMSELVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    no more Bushes!!!!

    December 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. Angie

    If anybody votes for another bush, they should be committed to a mental hospital. the bushes only get worse with each election.

    December 16, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. AVEE capitalcityVA

    Like father like son like son. I don't think so.

    December 16, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Tom in Fl

    To coin a phrase from MCNBS Keith O' " I think the country has been Bushed enough already"

    December 16, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. NuDeal

    An about the guy who threw the shoe at our President. While bush is not my kind of leader he is my President. You better be glad i wasn't on the detail.

    It would have been a real problem. Like 2:00 outside the cafeteria problem.

    December 16, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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