June 12th, 2012
06:11 PM ET
3 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. ted

    George Bush Senior and Jeb Bush should be told that their son and brother trashed our country domestically and internationally. Two stupid wars, tax cuts, trashed the economy, tax cuts, bailed out the stupid banks, tax cuts, ticked off our allies, tax cuts. So far as I care, the Bush family needs to go away and shut up. They have done far too much harm.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    June 13, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Trailboss

    What Jed is trying to get across is to him is his style won't fit because of a new group known as the "TEA PARTY".

    June 13, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Nuihc

    I am very vexed with leftist lies, nonsense!!

    June 13, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Anomic Office Drone

    While Bush 41 could technically register as a Republican, men like George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Dwight D. Eisenhower could never be elected by today's Republican Party outside of states like California and Maryland.

    June 13, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. bluemax77

    The least we see or hear of those goons the better – We’re still suffering from the embarrassment to this day...

    June 13, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Nuihc

    I'll agree with the statement that both sides are "at fault" for bipartisanship. However, the blame is not equal. It's more like a 20/80 split with Democrats in the Senate and whitehouse going out of their way to deny any solution, to any problem, unless they gain from it politically. They honestly do not deserve their positions if they wish to risk the well-being of our country just to maintain or gain power.

    June 13, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. curious

    Would someone please ask Bush to explain his comment "I know what he's getting at". That statement seems to show some agreement.

    June 13, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Larry L

    Cooperation is impossible when Republican Tea Party Congressmen take "pledges" preventing compromise. You cannot work together when one side plans from day-one to obstruct all progress. It's certainly not the intent of the Republicans to make the government successful – election is their only goal.

    June 13, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Ken in MD

    It's sad to see that most of the comments here are prefect examples of Jeb's comment about hyperpartisanship. The fact is neither side has all the answers, and both are trying to pull the country to the extremes. The GOP has always done a better job of winning this battle. Either way, there will be problems.

    June 13, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. joel palmer

    "what he's getting at" is that there is NO republican party anymore; just a fascistic cabal of right wing ideologues who would make Joseph Goebbels blush with their agitprop, lies and attackes on the very fabric of freedom in this country

    June 13, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. cel

    Hey 41, if you could get McCain to retire you would only be the SECOND BIGGEST has been around. Noboy wants to hear your opinio, Mr Mission Accomplished.

    June 13, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. sad4willis

    If Ronald Reagan were alive today and running for president, he would be disregarded by huge segments of the Republican party for being too liberal. The same would apply to George W. Bush. Neither of them would be able to pass the mandatory "purity" tests.

    June 13, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Unfortunately, Bush Pere is showing his age by not being aware of what his party has done since he left office almost twenty years ago.

    June 13, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Wake up people

    I may not have liked either of the shrubs but I would never want to see this great country fail. That's the difference. GOP/baggers care only about power and they don't care who gets hurt in the process.

    In all my years, I have NEVER heard of Congress taking oaths to make a POTUS fail. To me that is shameful and treasonous and each congressperson that signed that oath should be brought up on charges of treason.

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. George

    I didn't think any of the Bush clan was that smart but Jeb may have common sense at the very least.

    June 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. John

    The difference between Democrats and Republicans is that the Republicans do whatever they can to sabotage the economy when a Democrat is in the White House. Democrats may not always go along with what Republican Presidents want but don't purposely try to make sure the country makes no progress just to make a Republican President look bad.

    June 13, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Ed1 quoted:

    "There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt."
    John Adams 1826
    ---------------
    Guess who set the country on this road. I'll give you some hints. The same party who refuses to do what thei presidents have done to stimulate the economy, that's spend. The same party who was warned by their own White House expert, just before they fired him, that we would face trillion dollar deficits within a decade. The same party whose VP said on national TV, "deficits don't matter." Yes, it's all the same party.

    Need some clues that one party does not have the general public's best interest at heart. The same party who claims the don't want to pay taxes, because it is their money and they earned it. The earned their money and they see no reason why their money should go to someone else. Yet, these same characters who earned their money and want to keep it, aren't they supposed to be the job creators? Do they follow Mitt Romney's example and send their job creation money overseas where they do not have to pay taxes? Yes, of course they do.

    June 13, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Manny

    Jeb want to prepare the background for his run. No way, the Bush family should be banned from the white house. They already cost too much to America and to the world. Jeb you are not fooling me.

    June 13, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. John in CA

    Corporate and private wealth vis a vis Citizens United and ultraconservative tea party circus barkers like Grover Norquist who know how to channel all that spending for legislative victories have contributed to the republican parties shift to the right. Some political pundits do not think Citizens United corrupted democracy but the trend to outspend other political parties as was used by republican financial backers to defeat the Walker recall initiative in Wisconsin or air time purchased by the cigarette industry to defeat anti-cigarette ballot initiatives does illustrate that money talks and does buy votes.

    June 13, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Big Al

    George W. Bush was the greatest president this country has ever had. The only reason we had an economic iimplosion was because in 2008, everyone knew a democrat would become president. Had George W. Bush continued being president, none of this would have ever happened.

    America loves George W. Bush!

    June 13, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Copper's Donut Shoppe

    The bush family need to just shut up. They have done untold damage to the USA and Florida in particular.
    They just need to go back to the "compound" in Maine and never leave, never give speeches and never talk to the media again.

    June 13, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. CBR

    If we look back to Bush 41's run for the White House we can see that Mr. Bush was not very forceful. That allowed Mr. Reagan to move forward. Mr. Bush took the VP nomination and served admirably. However, the GOP was not as conservative then. It definitely is not the same party now. The GOP has too many people who say my way for the highway. They will not move off the dime particularly if the action will put Mr. Obama in the spotlight. They do not know how to work as a group or how to get along with those who have different views. They are more tied to the group led by Strom Thurmand which became a third party during the 1948 election than to the GOP of Lincoln. They throw little temper tantrums and try to make mountains out of mole hills just to accuse the President of wrongdoing.

    June 13, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Noocrat

    "It's sad to see that most of the comments here are prefect examples of Jeb's comment about hyperpartisanship. The fact is neither side has all the answers, and both are trying to pull the country to the extremes."

    This is flat out not true. A recent study shows that over the last 100 years the Democratic party has stayed pretty much the same. The Republican party has moved to the far right. So that's where the tension is, the perceived middle is actually right-of-middle. The Republican party of today, like Jeb said, is not the party of Reagan or Bush 41.

    If you're interested, the study was done by Keith Poole of the University of Georgia and Howard Rosenthal of New York University, which observed and charted this for some decades.

    June 13, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Lando

    Old Bush is just too senile that he does not feel and see his party's extreme hatred of a black president....at all cost, they
    will choose to detroy the country than compromise to a colored person in the white house....

    June 13, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. v

    Guess this confirms that JEB IS RIGHT. He's smarter than his father and brother COMBINED.

    June 13, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
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