June 12th, 2012
06:11 PM ET
2 years ago

All in the family: Bush 41 disagrees with Jeb

(CNN) – A day after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said his father, George H.W. Bush, wouldn't find a place in today's Republican Party, the former president pushed back at the idea.

"I know what he's getting at, but I don't think it would be difficult," Bush said, while answering a reporter's question on Tuesday in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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While he suggested he had more to say, he was ushered away in his wheelchair by escorts.

His comments came while attending an event for a new HBO documentary about the 41st president, which also marks his 88th birthday.

On Monday, Jeb Bush told a group of editors that both Ronald Reagan and his father would have trouble fitting in with the GOP of 2012.

"Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad – they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party – and I don't – as having an orthodoxy that doesn't allow for disagreement, doesn't allow for finding some common ground," Bush said, according to the website Buzzfeed.

Earlier Tuesday, the former governor clarified his remarks on Twitter.

"The point I was making yesterday is this: The political system today is hyperpartisan. Both sides are at fault," Bush wrote, adding in a separate Tweet: "Am reminded today why I rarely read headlines. #ContextIsImportant."

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Filed under: George H.W. Bush • Jeb Bush • Maine
soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Jean Sartre

    Hey, after all, Bush 41 is still a Republican, so he can walk back just about anything; that is what Republicans do!

    Of course their is a place in the Republican Party for Bush 41, even the 'ol Ray Gun, just bring your $$$!

    June 13, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Malory Archer

    ru serious

    ...and the Libs didn't denigrate Bush Jr and want and wish him to fail and did all they could to make that so....

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    While "Libs" weren't thrilled with the USSC intervening in 2000, NOBODY wished he would fail, and if you can find a link to any Lib, elected or entertainer stating such a thing on innaguration day 2001 please post it. That's right, ya can't because it never happened! That being said, the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue was an epic failure, and his entire eight years was nothing but a reign or terror on both the foreign and domestic fronts.

    June 13, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Charlie from the North

    Well now that they've given the Tea Party the keys that place would not be any where near the top of the ticket.

    June 13, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. ST

    I wish the media can gather courage and be bold like Jeb Bush. Unfortunately, the media doesn't perform as they are required to do. One example: they are always happy and quick to report who has won and who has lost. Like in 2010 mid-term election. GOP won the house (it was a big story). The media forgot that it was their responsibility to make a follow up of what GOP campaigned for (create jobs) and their promises are fulfilled. They didn't. If the media was active, we could have by now a low number of unemployed.

    June 13, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. JohnW

    @Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Impressive. Apparently your delusion spans decades.

    June 13, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. BigTBone

    "The political system today is hyperpartisan. Both sides are at fault,"

    Read my lips you old goat- 4 to 1, no 10 to 1 spending cuts offered. More filibusters used than ever. The continued war on women's rights. Campaigning on jobs but failing to deliver anything close...

    There is only one side that has gone off the deep end. Handshakes and compromise used to happen. Now everything is a hostage negotiation. We will be wise to get rid of them in Nov.

    June 13, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. tb

    OK republicans are to blame for our economy look back in history to all those republican presidents that screwed up everything! Great Depression caused by republicans and saved by democrates! Hell u all gave Bush 4 more years why not Obama!

    June 13, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Vidyashanti

    Age is a factor for lovable 41- do not forget.

    June 13, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    Entrance process for todays' GOP.......1. give up free will 2. pledge allegiance to Grover Norquist and religious zealots 3. have chip emplanted in your head to make sure you obey 4. have all TV's set to Fox News and radios to RIght wing radio

    June 13, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Dave T

    the sad part was Jeb was the son who is smart and would probably have been a decent president, and he is right, many of both George HW Bush and Ronald Reagan's ideas would be considered too liberal for today's GOP.

    June 13, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. tb

    Saying Jeb is the smart one isnt really saying alot!!! Hillary will be elected before Jeb in 2016..

    June 13, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Bill

    TBone you are correct and the dems will be put out to pasture with the rest of the cattle in November.

    June 13, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Malory Archer

    I agree with you! At no point in time during GWB's tenure or during GHB's tenure did liberals ever stated or expressed a desire for these two men and the country to fail! GWB was a big failure as you stated, yet all Americans stood behind him through thick and thin! That is until he ignored the wishes of American people, the UN and the world community to not invade Iraq! But again, even when GWB invaded Iraq, liberals never went around wishing that he and the country failed! What we all wished for was to get out of Iraq ASAP and that was that! Fast forward four years, and what we have here is a resurgence of the Tea Party for the first time in almost a hundred years and every Republicans in congress and in the Republican base wishing for the demise of our President and country! Hey, its a sad day in America!

    June 13, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. 1zb1

    Regan would fit right in. He was as idiotic at todays Republican's. The all still beleive tax cuts for the wealthycut deficits; bigotry in the name of religion is good; government is bad; unions and workers are evil; business is good; and being stupid and ignorant is your god given right; exploiting others is good; destroying the environment is good; cutting regulation that protects people is good; sending jobs to china is good; free enterprise is good.... so whats the difference between Regan and the current crop of nut jobs?

    June 13, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I know what he's getting at, but I don't think it would be difficult," Bush said, while answering a reporter's question on Tuesday in Kennebunkport, Maine .... While he suggested he had more to say, he was ushered away in his wheelchair by escorts."

    It was difficult enough for HW (who didn't win re-election) which is likely why he was rushed away in his wheel-chair before he could comment further. His own party gave up on him during his re-election campaign simply because he refused to adhere to their demands. Well ... that and Reagan's voodoo economics catching up to Bush 41 much faster than the GOP elites anticipated it would.

    June 13, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. Anne-Florida

    It amazes me that middle class "Republicans" will vote for people who have no interest in them. They vote against people who help the middle class yet they cannot see it. What is it with these people? I asked a tea party person "are you rich" since he is definitely middle class and he said he wanted less government. Great, who doesn't want the government to be more streamlined, yet while he is on SS and Medicare, those are governement run.

    June 13, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Entrance process for todays democrats....... 1. give up your vote in exchange for a monthly stipend designed to keep you in poverty and reliant on the government and thereby guaranteeing future votes 2. express support for all liberal causes regardless of your personal beliefs 3. ensure you're among MSNBC's 27 prime time viewers 4. blame Bush

    June 13, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. PushingBack

    Wow, I can't believe I'm agreeing with something from Jeb. But his father would be beaten to death by the current GOP and so would Reagan. I see the opinions on this board hitting out at both GHB and Reagan but do believe these men were a different breed than anything we are dealing with now. I don't believe Reagan was a saint by any means but he did have the middle class in mind, unlike the GOP today.

    June 13, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. callmecrazy

    What they didn't report was that he also asked "What kind of tea do they serve at the Tea Party?"

    June 13, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Kevin

    @Jean Sartre: Like Democrats don't do that. Hell, the guy liberals put in the White House does it on a daily basis. Shut down Guantanamo? Nope. Bring ALL of the troops home? Nope. Fixed the economy before the next election? Not yet and highly unlikely he will. Uphold the Constitution (something every President swears to do at their inauguration)? Nope.

    June 13, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Ronnie would fit right in...this is the guy who thought we should take care of the Viet Nam 'problem' by 'nuking them into pre-history'. He was an ideologue whose waters did not run very deep...no intellectual curiosity, just an WWII cold war mentality that belived that 'might makes right'. The Tea Party would LOVE him.

    June 13, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Bob B

    I am not a republican and am not very happy with being a dem, but I vote for the best person I can(doesn't matter what party).That being said i kind of like Bush 41 some what because when he said no new taxes and then said he had to raise taxes, I liked that. His party didn't like it, but he did what he thought was right and paid for it. I don't like his connection with the CIA, Big Pharma, Big Oil in the US and with S.A. .He didn't try to take over Iraq and was towards the center, which the GOP didn't like either, but I liked. I think he's right about being hyperpartisan and it's not helping our country. I would have loved to hear what he wanted to say before his handlers shuffled him away.

    June 13, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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    Anne-Florida
    It amazes me that middle class "Republicans" will vote for people who have no interest in them. They vote against people who help the middle class yet they cannot see it.
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    I'm curious... just what is your definition of "middle class"??? Does it include the 50% of the people in this country that contribute ZERO in terms of federal income tax? Does it include that actually get more back from the feds, turning the tax system into a welfare program?

    June 13, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    The extreme right wing elements of the Tea Party are dysfunctional with modern society. In another era, time and place, they would have been against mathematics, written language, the wheel, and cooked food, for goodness sakes.

    June 13, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Mary

    I hope good GOP politicians will be bold like Jeb Bush and point out the extreme turn the GOP has taken after the teaparty candidates in the congress.

    June 13, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
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