Jeb Bush: Obama should stop blaming others for the economy
August 26th, 2012
03:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Jeb Bush: Obama should stop blaming others for the economy

(CNN) – Jeb Bush, the Republican former governor of Florida, said Sunday it's time for President Barack Obama to stop blaming the ailing economy on President George W. Bush, Obama’s predecessor and Jeb Bush’s brother.

While conceding that Obama did inherit a tough economy when he took office in 2008, Bush said that Obama’s policies have hindered the country's economic growth.

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"I think it is time for him to move on," said Bush said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"His policies have failed," said Bush. "And rather than blame others - which I know we were taught that that was kind of unbecoming, over time you just can't keep doing that - maybe offer some fresh new solutions to the problems that we face. But that's not going to happen between now and Election Day."

On the topic of turning the economy around and creating jobs, Obama and his presidential campaign often tell voters that the fiscal policies of the George W. Bush administration and, more broadly, Republicans caused the country's initial economic downward spiral.

Asked about the recent debate over the Republican Party's stance on abortion – which has frustrated GOP efforts to stay on the economic message - Bush said his party needs to stay focused on the president's record.

The heated debate over abortion rights was spurred by controversial comments made last week by Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin from Missouri, as well as the Republican National Committee's development of the official party platform. The draft platform calls for a constitutional amendment banning abortion, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

"I know that the Romney campaign would prefer to talk about the things that are on the minds of the American people," said Bush of the Akin controversy, also noting the presumptive GOP nominee's stance on abortion, which differs from the party's platform and would allow for abortion in the instances of rape and incest.

According to a CNN/ORC survey, 83% of Americans say that abortion should be legal in cases of rape or incest, with similar numbers believing abortion should be legal when the life or health of the mother is endangered.

Bush, rumored to have been considered as a potential running mate pick for Romney, also said he's not interested in a presidential run.

"I don't think about it. I'm not motivated by it. It takes an incredible amount of discipline and ambition to even think about aspiring to it and I'm not there yet in my life," he said. "I'm excited about supporting Mitt Romney. He's a great guy."

Bush is slotted to speak in a headlining role at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Thursday.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Arun

    Hey Jeb, why not?? It was your brother that started 2 wars, reduced taxes for the wealthy and paid for a prescription drug program without ever thinking about the deficit. The repubes cry about the deficit when a democrat is in office. They look the other way when one of their own is in office. See Reagan and Bush!!!

    August 26, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. ghostcommander

    Tell Jeb Bush that, not only President Obama, but "We the People" will stop blaming 'duh' bush jr., covert president cheney the radical extremist republicans and their corrupt corporate cronies , when their massive increase in the National Debt is paid off and when we recover the $34,000,000,000,000 of America's wealth that took over 220 years to create and will take decades to recover. We, also will not stop blaming the above when there are no more foreclosures and no more homeowners underwater in their home, and when the average loss of $100,000 equity loss in our homes are restored.

    Hades No!, We will not forgive, how can we?

    August 26, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Engorgio Penissio

    If he didn't blame others, he'd have to be honest and accept what is his fault. That will never happen, a Liberal being truthful.

    August 26, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. just hope

    I blame his brother for dragging our country into 2 wars and shipping 8 million jobs to India, mexico, Vietnam and China. I am afraid that Romney will follow Bush steps to get our country in trouble again.

    August 26, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. DRAKE MALLARD

    if the Republicans can’t fix any of these problems that are allegedly the Democrats’ fault, then why elect them to office in the first place?

    GW Bush criticizing the Clinton administration ever after he became president?

    The problems we inherited were far worse than most inside and out of government had expected; the recession was deeper than most inside and out of government had predicted. Curing those problems has taken more time and a higher toll than any of us wanted."

    The Bush administration has been the borrow and spend ticket since it came to power. When, in the history of the world, has a government simultaneously cut taxes (for the rich) and funded war? There’s a reason the answer to that question is: never.

    President Bush inherited a budget surplus of $128 billion when he took office in 2001 but has since posted a budget deficit every year.

    The Bush administration has spent heavily on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and faces a large budget shortfall in tax revenue because of Bush’s tax cuts and a souring economy.

    So who do they blame for the current state of affairs? Give yourself a gold star if you answered, “Bill Clinton.”

    the senior administration official says the budgetary problems stem from what is believed to be inadequate defense, intelligence and homeland security resources that were handed down from Clinton.

    August 26, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. just hope

    Obama never blames Bush but we, voters, have every reason to blame him from economy to high defecit

    August 26, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Phil

    Mr. Bush knows full well that Presidedent Obama has produced many "fresh new ideas" that have almost all been obstructed by the GOP in their scorched earth determination to make him a one-term President. The question is, will they be any more agreeable once he's re-elected?

    August 26, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. johnrf

    Why shouldn't Obama point out that our economic problems were caused by the worst president we have ever had. Yes Jeb, your brother. Your brother also lied us into a war in which thousands of American soldiers died. We'll be talking about the worst president in history, who ruined our country, for many years. History will be harsh to your brother and he deserves it. You should be ashamed of your brother and keep your mouth shut. You could have run for president but you knew you would lose because you are the brother of the worst president in history.

    August 26, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Jonathan R

    It will take decades to undo the damage that George W and his cohorts did to our economy. They raped the American public and robbed us blind. Don't expect Obama to fix it or the next President or two. Trillions of dollars in debt (thanks to George W) takes a long time to pay back.

    August 26, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Dee Howard

    PURE GALL Mr. Jeb Bush. Your bother and Mr. Cheney did a lifetime of damage that may never be completely undone. Now you want to say, Let's move on. Only in your fairytale world.

    August 26, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Ramesh Shrestha

    No surprise that Jeb said this, especially when his brother was the one who created this mess in the first place. Give more tax breaks to the ultra rich, ship jobs overseas, undermine the manufacture indistry, let health insurace industry go amock and make education more expensive and less accessible and see what happens. It is always easier to destrroy than to build up. How could Obama fix in three and half years what was destroyed over eight years of time? The destruction happened in consent of a cozy Congress whereas the reconstruction is obstructed by a hostile Congress every step of the way.

    August 26, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Tony

    The economy went into a ditch under Bush. We still have not dug ourselves out of the ditch. Bush cannot evade responsibility because he is out of office. He is still the one who got us into the ditch. The economy has recovered all the private-sector jobs that had been lost since Obama became president. Republicans should not complain that there are actually fewer people working in the public sector (for the government) under Obama, since they are in favor of smaller government. For the jobs that were lost before Obama became president, of course we blame Bush.

    August 26, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Put this in your hat Jeb Bush and smoke it, you can blame your brother for the country not wanting another Bush in office and there's more than one reason for that.

    August 26, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. A Kickin` Donkey

    When the Republicans in House & Senate STOP obstructing everything this President wants to achieve [based PURELY on their unprincipled hatred of him, not his policies] then I and other Americans will hold him responsible. However, we we see that the things he is for use to find GOP support that is now withheld, he deserves re-election. I, for one, will not reward the GOP`s political dysfunction. I hope idependent voters are with me.

    August 26, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Right, because anybody could have turned the dire situation the Republicans left the nation in into a rosy picture by now! People don't forget how much money you and everyone else lost during the Republican's reign! Many seniors were totally wiped out financially by losing more than 40% of their 401K's. Don't forget the uneccessary war on Iraq and the cost paid for by Americans with the dead and wounded, and in tax monies!

    August 26, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. Leroy

    Despite warnings from world-renowned economists that massive tax cuts would lead the U.S. into massive federal deficits, the brilliant George W. Bush cut taxes anyway! That is precisely why the U.S. is having financial difficulties today!

    August 26, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. khaleeshi

    Don't forget Jeb that the republican congress made it their full time job to make the economy bad so they could blame President Obama – remember McConnell even said so. They even went as far as downing grading our status with the debt ceiling fiasco. Stuff a sock in it Jeb...

    August 26, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. Jim

    Wow! Imagine that. The brother of the guy who took the country to the very brink of economic collapse, says that Barak Obama should stop blaming others for the current economic mess this country is trying to dig out from under. Obama has done something about the economy. He supported a bailout of the auto industry that saved that industry and the tens of thousands of jobs that go with it, and he has tried to do more. Unfortunately the obstructionist Republicans who control the House are not interested in trying to help Americans – their whole goal is to defeat the President, so they have steadfastly refused to do anything other than attempt to repeal the Affordable Health Care law. And, as I recall it, Jeb's brother, and his army of apologists, spent eight years blaming every bad thing that has ever happened on Bill or Hillary Clinton, so his lecturing of the President rings a little hollow. At least Jeb is no longer in a position to throw the 2012 election for Mitt Romney like he did for his brother in 2000.

    August 26, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. independent, in Texas

    "If the shoe fits"...whos gonna wear it?...Bush/Cheney...worst president ever.....cursed be thier names!

    August 26, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Vote for kolob or Seamus

    Let's blameJebBushfor the economy, he is a Republican.
    The Republicans, the so-called business masters, are the ones the broke the underlying trust factor which is essential for business.

    August 26, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. joe schulz

    as avet of viet-nam war you politicans should quit and get areal job you are every americans nightmare

    August 26, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. Marie MD

    The bro of the village idiot coming to his rescue. I saw the interview on Meet the Press. I hate it when gregory just sits there and let's these clowns tell lies and doesn't challenge them.

    August 26, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. larrylinn

    Like George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it". We are still suffering from the Bush Administration economic failures, and it will take years to recover. We can expect the GOP Convention to be a series speeches to reinstate the failed Bush polices.

    August 26, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. independent, in Texas

    This election is going to show the GOP just how deep BUSH HATE is imbedded in this country.

    August 26, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. just hope

    Jeff, your political career is done. Go ask your brother George!.

    August 26, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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