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. deb in Colo

    There's a stretch of a story for you.... A Bush supporting a Bush.

    DUH!!

    December 16, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. theprof

    Ah yes, the royal family; the House of Bush is trying to make another restoration. Obviously the illiterate Bush family has never read English history. Have they never heard about the fate of King Charles Stuart I?

    December 16, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. patNY

    ADvice from GWB to Jeb is the kiss of death! If we've all learned one thing these past 8 years, is to do the opposite of whatever GWB advises!

    AND regardless of how you feel about Jeb, good or bad, we simply must turn the page on Bush politics....so don't vote for him!

    December 16, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Matt

    We should put the Bushes, Clintons and Kennedys all on a boat and send them packing like the elves in the Lord of the Rings. Enough is enough with the familial dynasty garbage. Wake up people. What's in a name? NOTHING.

    December 16, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Greg

    The Bush mindset: Bushes first, cronies second, country a distant third. They cannot conceive that they might be bad for the country. Please not another one of these losers!

    December 16, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. BushBroughtNothingButSuffering

    W. was a popular Texas Governor. Look what he has done to this country. War; Suppression of science, liberty and human dignity; destruction of earth environment; Denial of humanity to live on the Earth; destruction of economy; promotion of religious fundamentalism and religious fanatics; bush's love of human suffering.

    Jeb may be a popular ex Governor. All Bushes should be sent to jail for just being wasting out air to breath. They have no right to breathe our fresh air. They deserve all the curses and condemnations.

    December 16, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Virginia

    to a REAL american–I say that this "idiot" as you call us Republicans, will complain about Obama as much as you Obama supporters have complained about Bush. I guarantee you that we will have PLENTY to complain about–already have and Obama isn't even president YET!!

    December 16, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Eddie B.

    These guys actually want Jeb to run for President. You have to be kidding me. He was a tyrant down in Florida. I think he thought he was John Wayne with some of the things he did and did not want anyone superceding his power. NO WAY!!!

    December 16, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. TyWebb

    They have to talk to Daddy? Geez!

    December 16, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. not a cynic

    Amazing – you people are miserably cynical. Jeb Bush is NOTHING like his brother. People in Florida love him. He is a pragmatist.

    December 16, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Karen, Arkansas

    Hooray! Another Bush looking to gain the White House in 2012! Just what this country and the world needs.
    Go back under your rock Jeb....

    December 16, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Geoff

    Elian Gonzalez... enough said.

    Memo to the Bush Family: Just Go Away Arleady!

    December 16, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. John

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

    Uh, shouldn't that be JEB'S decision? Why do they have to go to "daddy" for approval! Grow up! Make your own decisions!

    December 16, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OK OBAMA FANS TAKE YOUR MEDS JUST LIKE YOU ASK ME TO.

    IT'S OK TO POST NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT BUSH BUT DON'T

    YOU DARE SAY ANYTHING BAD ABOUT THE MESSIAH OBAMA.

    GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBAMA IS NOT QUALIFIED TO BE PRESIDENT AND YOU KNOW IT.

    WHY DO YOU THINK OBAMA HAS ALL THE CLINTON STAFF HIRED???

    ANSWER- SO THEY CAN TEACH OBAMA AND RUN THIS COUNTRY!!!

    December 16, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. Matt B

    To all the uneducated on this message board, Jeb left office with one of the highest governor approval ratings in the country. People in Florida praised his efforts to connect with minorities, his work rebuilding after hurricanes, his ability to bring business to Florida etc... Jeb is not George. It is too bad for our country that he wasn't the Bush elected as President but do not tie Jeb to George, they are completely different people.

    December 16, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Godluvr

    Please stop giving credit to President Bush for 9-11! He was the president for goodness sakes! Would it have happened under a president other than him? No one knows. He and Cheney both admitted that they would have gone to war with Iraq even if there was not a threat of WMD's. Pray for the out-going administration. They need it!

    December 16, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. GA Independent

    Hey CNN – what did I ever do to for constant censorship? Didn't like my comments on Lou's looks or fake politics?

    No more Shrubs!

    December 16, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Richard Rohde

    Does CNN only appeal to socialists? Lets talk about the slimy Chicago politics and politicians from which Hussein appeared and those union connections, and ACORN and Charlie Rangel and William Jefferson and the the role of the Banking Queen, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd in the mortgage scandal and the Attorney General apparent pardon of Frank Rich. Right now CNN is sitting on the story of Blago and the unions, so it doesn't offend the unions. It will lead back to Hussein, if its ever reported.

    December 16, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. Pee for Poultice

    GH did enough damage when he unleashed GW on the people of America. GW's legacy probably ended any political aspirations for Jeb or any other Bush! GH wasn't that good of a president, hence was a one-termer and, GW...I'm not even going to go there! So why would the Georges even imagine that Jeb will be any better and WHO WOULD LISTEN TO EITHER OF THEM ANYWAY? I chuckled about the shoe incident with that Iraqi journalist...he did what many Americans would probably love to do.

    December 16, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. TURN TEXAS BLUE

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! EVERYONE TAKE COVER!!! For all those stupid people saying Obama was the Anti Christ, NO THE BUSH"S ARE!!!!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. JCQueipo

    The problem is NOT Jeb, its the bush part

    December 16, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Richard Rohde

    KC Bob, there is a real democrat, calling the whole Bush family scumbags, typical democratic speak.

    December 16, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Unshrub

    a REAL American

    You just don't get it. When Obama gets into office we WON"T have to blame anyone.

    December 16, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Bill

    I'd love to see Jeb run for senate...or any Bush run for any office as a Republican, really. Guaranteed Democrat win, even in Florida.

    December 16, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Bill_ MA

    Republicans just don't get it. You bible banging wingnuts have done more than enough damage to our country. Anyone who would vote for another bush is into self abuse.

    December 16, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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