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. Bruce Parsons

    We've had too many Bushes and Kennedys. We don't need either. Now would be a good time to get Jesse Jackson's family out of politics as well, before they get too comfortable.

    December 16, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. MD

    I think Jeb would be a great POTUS. Certainly better than Obama or Biden (he is more qualified than both).

    When you see that the dems sport candidates like Caroline Kennedy (qualification: Dad was pres); Franken (qualification: we'll get back to you); then a candidate like Jeb Bush is easily more qualified than 99% of the dems out there.

    December 16, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Sezi Demirkilic`

    Jeb can run, but he won't win. From now on when people hear the name Bush they will be remembering what GW did. I would say that the Bush legacy has pretty much died thanks to GW.

    December 16, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Mike T. Vaughn

    I love How the Medial Promotes IDIOTS to Speak and Run for offices, just like Palin.................whatever.

    December 16, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. PA Independent

    No more dynasties in American politics! Bushes, Doles, Clintons, Kennedys or otherwise. There are too many good, qualified people in this country waiting their turn behind a small handful of anointed families who think they have a God-given right to run everything because of their last names. Enough is enough!

    December 16, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Cliff, Sacramento

    The best will be when Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin come down to Florida to campaign on his behalf. *giggles*

    December 16, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. sam

    No more politicians named Bush, Kennedy, Clinton, Biden, Et al. If we wanted all the relatives to rule, we would have stayed part of England and lived under their monarchy. This nepotism needs to go.

    December 16, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Marge

    Haven't we had enough bush for 100 years. All you heard when Hillary was running for president is they didn't want to start a dynasty..well heck fire we had had two bush's that's enough for a while.

    December 16, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. sandee in Portland

    When will the Bush family realize we are not a country run by a dynasty. That is one reason why I didn't vote for Hillary. It's time to put term limits on every political position so these people don't make a self-serving career out their positions.

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

    Yeah – that's all we need. Why can't this family of idiots just go away?

    December 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. jsk from Florida

    You know I hear people constantly bashing the Bush family, my thoughts on it is, when in 20 or so years the sealed records are opened up Bush may well be considered one of our greatest Presidents ever. Remember September 11, 2001, remember the beatings and murders by the Taliban, or how about the genocide in Iraq. Or maybe the anthrax scares. Our microwave generation mindset in America is disturbing, we want instant gratification and results. I will concede Bush's economic policies and times were not the best our country has ever seen. However, that doesn't negate the fact that no one has dared to attack our country since he has lead the charge on spreading freedom, hope, and democracy across the world. I think President Bush had a much more clear picture of what was going on in the name of National Security than those of us he was working to protect. Just as I'm sure PE Obama will be in the same boat as Bush, if you notice since PE Obama's Security briefings has commenced he's not beating the drum so loudly anymore of troop withdrawal on such an excellerated time table, now it's more in the years conversation of withdrawl than in the months time table he was talking in. My point is the President and the PE Obama have a broader picture than you or I so we may want to cut a little slack on their decisions, cause if we had the same info that they have we may just make the same decisions they are.

    As for Jeb running for Senate office, Jeb proved he's a man all of his own. If you want to know what he stands for look at his record in Florida, under his governorship we here in Florida experienced some of the most financial stable times of Florida's history. Before you vote for or against someone based on the last name or their race or their gender or their party affiliation, you might want to check out their record and vote on the merits of the person instead.

    December 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. karen-phoenix

    NO MORE BUSH!!! NO< NO< NO< !!!!!

    December 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. florida girl

    I am a Floridian and there is no way on earth I am voting for Jeb. I'd rather vote for Christ in that position.

    December 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. BeenThereDoneThat

    Jeb Bush left office with high ratings; however, most of the programs he rammed through the Legislature were quickly abolished and/or overturned by the incoming ( and still Republican) administration of Charlie Christ. The scariest part about Jeb is that he's the smart brother. I shudder to think what he'd get us Floridians into. NO NO NO!!

    December 16, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Karen

    Who cares? Such promise EIGHT years ago, and all turned to dust and more. So why would we need another BUSH?? All Bushies have done is to destroy our economy, through deregulation, destroyed all goodwill from nations all across the world and have provided us with the world as we know today – an unmitigated disaster. We must send a strong voice that we have had enough of Bushes and their legacies, and remain steadfast in saying "NO".

    December 16, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. JoAnne Ray

    No member of this grossly incompetent, arrogant and dangerous family should ever be elected to public office again. It is truly stunning that, despite Shrub's 17% approval rating and the fact that he has destroyed our economy and our standing as an international leader, the Bush dynasty is so out-of-touch that they actually think that Florida voters would elect another Bush. Never vote for another Bush and teach your children never to vote for another Bush and tell them to teach their grandchildren that they should never vote for another Bush!

    December 16, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Get over it

    Remember everyone, Jeb was a VERY popular govenor in Florida.

    December 16, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Steven

    Sounds like the rest of you are depending your vote on a name rather than on the person and what they stand for/capable of. Go get educated.

    If you know anything about the actual person than you realize that his approrval ratings as governor in Florida remained high throughout his term despite what people think of his brother in the Oval office.

    Saying no MORE bush is a pretty childish statement considering he's a different person...or do you want to be held accountable for everyone in YOUR family.

    December 16, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Amozonaklen

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

    December 16, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. beachgirl

    This moron Bush wants a lot of things. NO MORE BUSHES!!!!!!!!!!!

    BUSHES are the worst for America, let JEBBBBBBBBBBB do what he can do..............NOTHING!

    December 16, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. KCBob

    Personally, I ignore people who have the nerve to lable themselves as REAL Americans. What Is a REAL American? I imagine its a White Republican. Everyone else is a FAKE American, right?

    Jeb may have a chance. If Prescott Bush can help fund Hitlers war machine and avoid peing shot for treason and crimes against humanity, I am sure Jeb will find somewhere in this great country where they would elect another Bush. Probably somewhere that relies on our war machine to generate wages.

    Bush family=Scumbags

    December 16, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. BushBroughtNothingButSuffering

    Bush's DARK AGE:

    He brought nothing but suffering for humanity. His brother should follow W. into retirement. We do not want another Bush in the national scene for the next 1,000 years.

    December 16, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Tired of W, OH

    @a REAL american: "My question to these idiots is: what are going to do when Obama takes office, then who are you going to blame?"

    If you truly don't believe that Bush's entire term in office has been one big cluster f- – -, then just keep in mind that YOU are in the minority. In response to your question, I'm going to blame you and others like you that still see some Americans as "REAL" and some as fake, instead of just seeing them as Americans.

    December 16, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Carli

    Ahh the Kiss of Death

    December 16, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. 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 and we actually had a SURPLUS in the budget) to mess up another hurricane crisis like Bush did with Katrina? to ignore intelligence prior to another terrorist attack like Bush did on 9/11? to invade other countries without justifications and cause another 1 million dead civilians and more than 4,000 dead American soldiers? to ignore & refuse Ground Zero volunteers after he promised medical services for them? to send soldiers off into the warzone without body armor or plated armor for their vehicles? to sell out to oil, construction, weapon and health insurance corporations like Bush did?

    To betray more CIA agents like Bush did with Valerie Plame? to let the Economy destroy itself with insuficient and inadecuate unregulation, pork barrel spending and wasting money like Bush did? to be the humiliation of this nation around the world? to wiretap the entire nation with the excuse of terrorism like Bush? NO! GO BACK TO THE HOLE YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY CAME FROM! GO BACK TO TEXAS AND NEVER COME BACK! TAKE ALL YOUR RIGHT WING NUT JOBS WITH YOU! You're family has caused more damage to the country than any other in US history!

    December 16, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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