October 22nd, 2010
04:31 PM ET
4 years ago

Jeb Bush says 'you betcha' about Palin

(CNN) – Former Florida Republican Governor, Jeb Bush said Friday he isn't running for president, but would support Sarah Palin if she were to run.

In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King Friday, Bush - whose brother and father are former presidents - said he'd support former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin if she were the Republican presidential nominee in 2012.

"You betcha," Bush said in an interview set to air on CNN's John King, USA at 7 p.m. ET Friday.

And what kind of Republican does he think would make a good 2012 candidate?

"Big and bold and aspirational that has a positive agenda that will compare, I think favorably to that of the president," Bush said. "We can't just be against the president's proposals, we have to offer up compelling alternatives."

He also weighed in on the current race for governor in Florida, saying there has been a lot of "throwing mud back and forth," but not enough talk about specific issues.

"The election, up until now, has been… a lot of negative things and not trying to lift our spirits as a state," Bush said. "There's a cloud over Florida right now, as it is over the country so being specific about what you want to do, I think will be a good thing."

John King will moderate the Florida gubernatorial debate Monday night at 7 p.m. ET.


Filed under: 2010 • Jeb Bush • John King • John King USA • Sarah Palin • TV-John King U.S.A.
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  1. Jennifer

    Jeb Bush knows an idiot when he sees one – he also supported his brother, who's as big an idiot as Sarah.

    October 22, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Jacob

    well she fits right in with the W and Quayle crowd! she would make his family look brilliant again!

    October 22, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. mk1

    And I thought Jeb was the smart one of the Bush clan. I guess I was wrong. Saying that, I do hope that Palin runs in 2012 and wins the nomination.

    October 22, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Texas Doc

    The genius that runs in that family is understated. I bet she would do a Heck of a Job.

    October 22, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, you betcha(!) Jeb old boy, you'll be on the losing side of that ticket.

    October 22, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. No Tea For Me

    I thought Jeb Bush was smarter than he is. Support Palin, good grief has the Republican party lost their marbles.

    October 22, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Tired of all the nonsense

    Wow. Jeb really is stupid. I though George wore the dunce cap. Did he pass it on to his brother?

    October 22, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Well color me embarassed. I was wrong. I had thought Jeb might be the one to have escaped Barb's womb with the proper number of chromosomes, but I now have to admit that none of them did.

    October 22, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. KRISTENN

    GOP=TEA PARTY=BUSH FAILED POLICIES=TAX BREAKS FOR THE RICH=TAX MIDDLE CLASS AND POOR AND GIVE IT TO THE RICH

    GOP=TEA PARTY=BUSH FAILED POLICIES=DESTRUCTION

    Make your comments based on facts not on hatred or prejudice.
    Uncontroverted facts: You are free to reproduce and post any where.
    + Federal Reserve is a Private Company and is above the LAW, Why?
    + Gandfather of Jeb & George W financed Hitler to kill the Jews. See History
    + George HW is a PEDOPHILE See WASHINGTON TIMES JUNE 29, 1989.
    + Justice Scalia took bribe from George W handlers to stop counting in Florida to make George W president. Bribe was funneled through his sons.
    + Under Republicans I paid $4.25 per gal of gas
    + Hours before the explosion of the BP oil well, Cheney’s men were working on it. They planted bombs like they did the Twin Towers?
    + The Republicans under George W. and Cheney works hand-in-hand with the terrorist, Al Qaeda. FACTS: George W. was a partner of Bin Laden’s brother. After the demolition of the Twin Towers, the Bin Laden family who were then in the United States, instead of being questioned, they were flown in the middle of the night out of the country under the order of George W.
    Have you wondered why for many years we cannot catch Bin Laden? Was he made the fall guy after receiving his share of the LOOT? Follow the Money. Who gained Trillions of dollars in the bombing? Is it the so called Al Qaeda? NO.
    George HW ordered the bombing so that he did not have to pay a $250 Billion debt to Cantor Fitzgerald. All of Cantor Fitzgerald executives and employees vanished in the Twin Towers Bombing. George W, Cheney, Guiliani and their cohorts in the DoD executed the order of George HW and they got Trillions of dollars from the Pentagon and Trillions of dollars worth of GOLD from the Twin Towers.
    + We put on trial the wrong people. George HW, George W, Cheney, Guilliani and their cohorts in the DoD should be on trial instead.
    + Republicans under George W, Cheney and their cohorts in the pentagon, concocted two wars which is costing the American people Trillions of dollars. IRAQ WAR COST MORE THAN THREE TRILLION DOLLARS and counting.!!! Repubs are poor in counting. They estimated $30 Billions in cost.
    Navy Lt Cmdr and 28-year veteran of the DoD, the Bush's assurance about finding WMD in Iraq was based on a CIA plan to "plant" WMDs inside IRAQ. Nelda Rogers, the Pentagon whistleblower, claims the plan failed when the secret mission was mistakenly taken out by "friendly fire".
    Republicans under George W and Cheney and their cohorts gave the American people and the World the worst economic nightmare in the history of mankind.
    Repubs know how to make money disappear
    · From balanced budget to trillions in deficit
    · MORE THAN SIX TRILLION IN SURPLUS DISAPPEARED
    · $1.3 Trillion taken from Social Security by George W
    · $27 Billion taken from Social Security by Ronnie Reagan
    · Trillions taken from the Pentagon
    · Trillions worth of gold taken from Twin Towers
    · Three planes loaded with billions of dollars disappeared in the air!
    COME NOVEMBER JUST REMEMBER THIS- RECESSION WAS CAUSED BY THE REPUBLICANS.AND PRES OBAMA INHERITED THE ECONOMIC MESS OF THE REPUBS, IT COULD TAKE YRS TO SOLVE, AND HE AND THE DEOMOCRATS ARE TRYING THEIR BEST TO SOLVE THIS MESS AND ALL THE REPUBS KNOW WHAT TO DO IS SAY “NO”. SAY “NO” TO REPUBS IN NOVEMBER!
    FAIR WARNING: The Repubs in Congress want to privatize Social Security. This would be the downfall of Social Security because the funds would be invested in worthless stocks and companies which the INSIDERS either own. Control or they could take PUT OPTIONS (i.e. Short the Stocks) and the Trillions from Social Security would disappear and would be transferred to the INSIDERS. Check out What EX Gov Jeb Bush did to the Florida State Retirement Fund. It lost hundreds of millions of dollars after they privatized a portion of the Retirement Fund.
    Also, for those who claim to be Christians and conservatives: churches, Social Security, Medicare etc are social programs.
    Wake up AMERICANS before your beloved country is stolen right under your nose.

    October 22, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Concerned Voter

    Good luck with the GOP coming up with "compelling ideas". Ha!!!! Like they've ever done that. If Palin and the likes are the best they've got for 2012 it looks like Obama won't have to worry about anything.

    October 22, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. KRISTENN

    I am addressing those people with brains and know how to think. I am not addressing the hateful, bigots who are fond of name calling and post nothing substantial based on facts.

    TEA PARTY=REPUBS=FAILED POLICIES=BUSH=DESTRUCTION

    Repubs created this economic mess and it took them eight years to destroy our economy and the economy of the world.

    From a balanced budget to trillions in deficit
    Six Trillion dollars in surplus disappeared
    Trillions of dollars stolen from the Pentagon
    Trillions of dollars stolen from the twin towers
    Billions disappeared in three airplanes.
    Billions confiscated from Sadam disappeared

    IRAQ WAR COST THE TAXPAYERS MORE THAN THREE TRILLION DOLLARS AND COUNTING. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE COST TO TAKE CARE OF THE BRAVE AMERICAN SOLDIERS WHO GOT INJURED AND THE PAYMENT TO IRAQUIS WHO WERE EITHER INJURED, KILLED OR MAMED BY FRIENDLY FIRE EITHER INTENTIONAL OR OTHERWISE.

    THERE IS NO TELLING HOW MUCH THE AFGHAN WAR WOULD COST.

    COME NOVEMBER JUST REMEMBER THIS- RECESSION WAS CAUSED BY THE REPUBLICANS.AND PRES OBAMA INHERITED THE ECONOMIC MESS OF THE REPUBS, IT COULD TAKE YRS TO SOLVE, AND HE AND THE DEOMOCRATS ARE TRYING THEIR BEST TO SOLVE THIS MESS AND ALL THE REPUBS KNOW WHAT TO DO IS SAY “NO”.

    SAY “NO” TO REPUBS IN NOVEMBER!
    FOOTNOTE
    + Federal Reserve is a Private Company and is above the LAW, Why?
    + Gandfather of Jeb & George W financed Hitler to kill the Jews. See History
    + George HW is a PEDOPHILE See WASHINGTON TIMES JUNE 29, 1989.
    + Justice Scalia took bribe from George W handlers to stop counting in Florida to make George W president. Bribe was funneled through his sons.
    + Under Republicans I paid $4.25 per gal of gas
    + Hours before the explosion of the BP oil well, Cheney’s men were working on it. They planted bombs like they did the Twin Towers?
    + The Republicans under George W. and Cheney works hand-in-hand with the terrorist, Al Qaeda. FACTS: George W. was a partner of Bin Laden’s brother. After the demolition of the Twin Towers, the Bin Laden family who were then in the United States, instead of being questioned, they were flown in the middle of the night out of the country under the order of George W.

    Have you wondered why for many years we cannot catch Bin Laden? Was he made the fall guy after receiving his share of the LOOT? Follow the Money. Who gained Trillions of dollars in the bombing? Is it the so called Al Qaeda? NO.

    George HW ordered the bombing so that he did not have to pay a $250 Billion debt to Cantor Fitzgerald. All of Cantor Fitzgerald executives and employees vanished in the Twin Towers Bombing. George W, Cheney, Guiliani and their cohorts in the DoD executed the order of George HW and they got Trillions of dollars from the Pentagon and Trillions of dollars worth of GOLD from the Twin Towers.
    + We put on trial the wrong people. George HW, George W, Cheney, Guilliani and their cohorts in the DoD should be on trial instead.

    FAIR WARNING: The Repubs in Congress want to privatize Social Security. This would be the downfall of Social Security because the funds would be invested in worthless stocks and companies which the INSIDERS either own. Control or they could take PUT OPTIONS (i.e. Short the Stocks) and the Trillions from Social Security would disappear and would be transferred to the INSIDERS. Check out What EX Gov Jeb Bush did to the Florida State Retirement Fund. It lost hundreds of millions of dollars after they privatized a portion of the Retirement Fund.

    Also, for those who claim to be Christians and conservatives: churches, Social Security, Medicare etc are social programs.

    Wake up AMERICANS before your beloved country is stolen right under your nose.

    October 22, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. KRISTENN

    GOP=TEA PARTY=BUSH FAILED POLICIES=TAX BREAKS FOR THE RICH=TAX MIDDLE CLASS AND POOR AND GIVE IT TO THE RICH

    GOP=TEA PARTY=BUSH FAILED POLICIES=DESTRUCTION OF THE MIDDLE CLASS

    The Republicans are a bunch of mean conservatives who are very good in twisting the truths, name calling and posting derogatory remarks against President Obama because they are in denial.

    THEY WANT TO DENY THE FACT THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA IS THE GREATEST PRESIDENT OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY BAR NONE. PRESIDENT OBAMA, SPEAKER PELOSI, SEN REID AND THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS HAS DONE MORE IN TWENTY MONTHS THAN THE COMBINED TWENTY YEARS OF REAGAN, GEORGE HW AND GEORGE W.

    ACCORDING TO REPORTS, SINCE GEORGE HW TOOK OFFICE AS VICE PRESIDENT UNTIL HIS SON LEFT OFFICE, MORE THAN TWENTY SEVEN TRILLIONS HAS DISAPPEARED. WHERE DID IT GO? ASK GEORGE AND GEORGE JR.

    Surely, the Republicans want to regain control of the Congress and the White House so that you can continue the legacy of George W and his legacy is:

    FROM A BALANCED BUDGET TO TRILLIONS IN DEFICIT

    SIX TRILLIONS IN SURPLUS DISAPPEARED

    TRILLIONS DISAPPEARED AT THE PENTAGON

    TRILLIONS WORTH OF GOLD DISAPPEARED IN THE TWIN TOWERS

    CREATED DUMMY WARS AND JUST THE IRAQ WAR COST THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS MORE THAN THREE TRILLION DOLLARS AND COUNTING

    THERE IS NO TELLING HOW MUCH THE AFGHAN WAR WOULD COST THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS

    BILLIONS OF DOLLARS DISAPPEARED IN THREE AIRPLANES

    BILLIONS CONFISCATED FROM SADDAM’S PALACES DISAPPEARED

    CREDITOR OF GEORGE HW VANISHED IN THE TWIN TOWERS DEMOLITION. VERY SLICK, GEORGE HW, NOW YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY YOUR $250 BILLION LOAN

    MILLIONS LOST THEIR JOBS

    MILLIONS LOST THEIR HEALTH CARE

    MILLIONS LOST THEIR 401K, IRA, LIFETIME SAVINGS

    MILLIONS LOST THEIR FAMILIES

    SURE THE REPUBS WANT TO TAKE CONTROL SO THAT THEY CAN STEAL MORE!!! AND TERRORIZE AMERICA.

    THE QUESTION THAT YOU, REPUBS, NEED TO ANSWER IS, “CAN YOU PROVE BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT THAT GEORGE HW, GEORGE W, CHENEY, GUILLIANI AND THEIR COHORTS IN THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT ARE NOT TERRORISTS?”

    + The Republicans under George W. and Cheney works hand-in-hand with the terrorist, Al Qaeda. FACTS: George W. was a partner of Bin Laden’s brother. After the demolition of the Twin Towers, the Bin Laden family who were then in the United States, instead of being questioned, they were flown in the middle of the night out of the country under the order of George W.

    October 22, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Yes, but he also backed G.W. Bush and that destroyed any credibility Jeb may have had. After G.W., Sarah Palin is only a few steps down.

    October 22, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Jude

    flip flop, man up, lipstick, drill baby drill. party of idiots who communicate ala dr suez. lemmings being led by the pipers backwards to their fantasy world. our country is trying to move forward/grow up and they dumb it down again and again.

    October 22, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. KRISTENN

    ·
    · This is NOT what Rush means by "redistribution of wealth". You see, he's a multi millionaire. So is Beck. So is Hannity. And they tell you US corporations pay the highest corporate taxes in the world.
    This is what 275 Fortune 500 companies pay:

    •Eighty-two of the 275 companies, almost a third of the total, paid zero or less in federal income taxes in at least one year from 2001 to 2003. In the years they paid no income tax, these companies earned $102 billion in pretax U.S. profits. But instead of paying $35.6 billion in income taxes as the statutory 35 percent corporate tax rate seems to require, these companies generated so many excess tax breaks that they received outright tax rebate checks from the U.S. Treasury, totaling $12.6 billion. These companies' "negative tax rates" meant that they made more after taxes than before taxes in those no-tax years.
    Turn off Rush and Beck and read....you may learn something.
    GOP=TEA PARTY=BUSH FAILED POLICIES=TAX BREAKS FOR THE RICH=TAX MIDDLE CLASS AND POOR AND GIVE IT TO THE RICH

    GOP=TEA PARTY=BUSH FAILED POLICIES=DESTRUCTION OF THE MIDDLE CLASS

    October 22, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. d

    And people say Jeb's the smart one!

    October 22, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. KRISTENN

    OPEN LETTER TO MY FELLOW REPUBLICANS

    We have the dumb people where we want them. Scare them by telling them that your taxes will go up if Obama lets the Bush tax cuts expire. Yeah, our strategy has worked and will continue to work because of the uninformed and quite frankly stupid people who listen to us without question. Remember how successfull we have been:

    We were the loudest voice in the world voicing our opposition to the Olympics, because we wanted Obama to fail......and we chered when he did....who cares about America.....
    We were extremely upset when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Obama....
    Our other success include:
    -The Bush Medicare "fix" added $450 billion to the national debt when we fooled them into believing that it was going to save $75 billion. Most of the benefits were increased fees/charges going to our friends and contributors, doctors, drug company's and lobbyists;
    -We gave the Treasury away thru the Bush tax cuts which only added $1.3 trillion to the national debt
    -We kept the Bush illegal Iraq war "off the books" which has added, to date, $1.4 trillion to the debt;

    And now, we will push to continue the Bush tax cuts because our super "rich" friends need an additional 6%..we will throw a bone of 2% to the other fools who believe evrything we tell them..

    Who cares if by making the Bush tax cuts permanent willl add an additional $3 trillion over the next 10 years to the national debt. We don't care....we can talk out of both sides of our mouth on this topic because the people are too stupid to know any better.

    Yeah, we got them where we want them...they are primed and ready to vote us back into office so we can go back to the good old days where we can can spend, but spend wisely, only on our rich friends We promise to privatize Social Security.
    We promise to privatize Medicare and Medicaid.
    We will appoint a super conservative Supreme Court, because they will help us change the Constitution in order to accomplish our plan/agenda.

    We love our voters because they are too stupid to know any better and believe anything and everything we tell them. America, who cares about America? We only want those that are "like us" to be successfull. Everybody else...to bad.

    GOP=TEA PARTY=BUSH FAILED POLICIES=TAX BREAKS FOR THE RICH=TAX MIDDLE CLASS AND POOR AND GIVE IT TO THE RICH

    GOP=TEA PARTY=BUSH FAILED POLICIES=DESTRUCTION

    Love yah!

    National Reich Wing Consortium,

    RepubliKKKants, Conserv-a-rats, Tea

    October 22, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. SAHM

    I would rather see Jeb run then Palin.

    October 22, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Frozone

    No surprise. All the Bush kids are idiots. Birds of a feather.

    October 22, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Video Guy

    The GOP may let her run as a "Dark Horse". Put little to no money in the race, knowing the President has 2012 wrapped up. My 2012 the economy will have repaired it self and the voters will see the GOP for what it really is. One Big Wing Nut.

    October 22, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. Sue

    This Bush must be just as stupid as the last one in office if he would support Palin........

    October 22, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. stufthis

    Jeb supported his brother, George W, and Sarah is twice the man he is.

    October 22, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. No Bama

    Another Bush and Palin........got my vote. Anyone but Obama..hell my dog even.

    October 22, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. jeff, alabama

    This guy has a favorable opinion
    of Sarah Palin. Let's break down his
    background.
    Near the top of his class in college.(The smartest Bush)
    Honor society in high school.
    Involved in community work all
    his adult life.
    Open minded.
    Was a popular Governor who
    worked well with democrats.
    Did I mention well educated ?
    Now look at who doesn't like
    Sarah Palin:
    Hollywood potheads.
    Bar hopping abortionists.
    Socialists.
    Gay marriage proponents.
    Unemployed.
    Uneducated.
    Athiests.
    Anti capital punishment supporters.
    People with sympathy for terrorists.
    Intolerant racist bogots.
    People against freedom of speech.
    People who hate gun owners.
    Our foreign enemies.
    And the French.
    Sarah Palin........2012 !

    October 22, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. stufthis

    Jeb is also supporting Rick Scott for governor, and if Rick gets elected by the billionaires, half term Rick will probably not be allowed to finish his term from behind bars.

    October 22, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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