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. A Trucker

    2 unfunded wars, stop regulations that prevent wall street from abusing the system until it failed, ENRON, 5 dollar oil after secret meetings with Darth Cheney allowed energy to do whatever it darn well wanted to the American People, 8 YEARS TO CATC AND KILL OBL but they would rather pass the Patriot act which allowed them to spy on AMERICANS BANK ACCOUNTS and raise and lower the Terror alerts keeping a population in fear. Never even came close to ending a war but started a second one that his Daddy coukldnt finish. Yes we should stop blaming Mr Bush and lay tyhe blame squarely on the entire REPUBLICAN PARTY. His legacy a ruined economy, failed Banking, Housing, Insurance, Energy and Jobs marketplace...quite a good job Jeb you should be proud of your Big Brother...and his party of NO

    August 26, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. ruchirushkul

    Did Pres Clinton leave office in 2000 with deficit or surplus? Does anyone have the number?

    August 26, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. Tony Girolami

    A Bush saying not to blame his incompetent brother who broke the economy and led us into 2 useless wars. How different it would have been had Gore won. Balanced budget and no wars. Bush was the biggest MORON the office has ever seen!

    August 26, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. gg

    This country is still suffering from the fallout of the Bush Administration along with continuous economic sabotage from the tea pots. Jeb would love for people to forget the past, thus allowing the same mistake to occur in 2012 by placing the GOP back in power. Last time the republicans drove the country off an economic cliff, but is was abled to be recovered. Next time the republicans will not only drive it back over the cliff, but will total it out!

    August 26, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. just hope

    Jeff, if you know how to do math, please pay attention to this. How do you convert loss of 8 million jobs, collapse of housing market and 2 wars into deficit. This is what Obama inherited from your brother.

    August 26, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. marksmerk

    Jeb would be wise to keep a low profile like Dubya who created this monster of a mess that cannot be undone in 3 years with a GOP congress that won't work with the president. Anyone wanting a change in the oval office, unless you are already a multimillionaire or billionaire, get ready to make your car your new house.

    August 26, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Brad

    The major causes of our economic problems are two wars, massive tax cuts for the wealthy, massive bank fraud, and the mortgage crises caused by excessive deregulation. All of these things are the fault of conservative policies enacted before Obama entered office. Meanwhile the Republicans want to focus on voting down job creation bills, providing more tax cuts for people who don't need them, enacting voter fraud legislation when there have been only 10 cases of voter fraud in the last decade, and they talk about getting involved in two more wars (Syria and Iran). The idea that they would have any positive effect on the economy is laughable.

    August 26, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. surferpl

    You know, I was going to leave a comment, but I find that every needed point has been made except perhaps one: Jeb Bush probably knows the name of Bush is poison and he'd be like Typhoid Mary if drafted as a vice-presidential candidate.

    August 26, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. William Hyres

    Thats an interesting comment from the brother of GW, who put us in this recession with eight years of terrible leadership, fighting wars we could not afford and did not need, and creating a budget that had no basis on reality. The housing bubble, and Wall Street excesses that led to the Great Recession all originated with Jeb's brother's tenure as president, so I can understand his reflexive defensiveness on the subject. We all know this recession started way before 2008.

    August 26, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. John

    Why does the truth hurt you Jeb, It should because all you Republican really know It the Truth. It was President BUSH and the Republican that got the Economy In the why It Is now.

    August 26, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. RepublicanVoter?

    Jeb makes me sick to my stomach.

    How the BLEEP dares anyone in this BLEEP family dare to say a BLEEP word about the economy. They have cost the rest of us 99% so BLEEP much, they should try, just try to pretend, to be in or shoes one day out here in the real-world.

    How dumb do you think we are Jeb. You saying the Obama administration took office and drove this economy into the ground!??!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????

    Really, this family think they are 'special' this country - that we owe them to let them say whatever garbage they think up in their surreal reality. If we could we Americans should do with this family what the French did to their Royalty. I am sure some of the Royalty were nice people to hang out with too......

    August 26, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. gt

    not going to happen...its his only hope of getting votes......

    August 26, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Name

    ... Says George W. Bush's older brother... Is he tired of apologizing? Oh he's never apologized because he never will take responsibility for the consequences of his actions or omissions.

    August 26, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. Republican

    Please Jeb, Serve your country:

    Please never-ever run for President.

    Your family has done so much damage to this country already.

    And, who has failed this country in the past 3 years are the droves of politician putting th enext election first, before the need of the people who they are elected to SERVE.

    August 26, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Obviously Jeb Bush could never admit his bother might have been just a little responsible.

    A codependent enabling family that prays together , stays together.

    Romney = GW Bush .

    August 26, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Mr. Pillai

    Jeb boy,

    You are so right, Obama should blame your stupid brother Georgi boy for all this country is going through.

    August 26, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Meg S

    Since Jeb Bush wants us to stop blaming his brother for our economic difficulties, it absolutely behooves him to mount a vigorous campaign to reverse one of the major ongoing causes: his brother's tax cuts for the wealthy.

    August 26, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. The Big NB

    So basically quit blaming his brother? Is anybody surprised that Jeb would make such a silly defensive statement?

    August 26, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. E Stanley

    It sounds like the president should have asked GW to stay in office longer until the mess was claened up. i thought the reason you wanted to be president was because you had ideas and the buck would stop at your desk not the guy that no longer sits there. GW's biggest problem was he spent like a Democrat but since Repubs have no heart he didn't get credit for it. So when is this economy the Presidents?

    August 26, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. seamastermaster

    Politics amaze me. It works on both sides. NEGATIVITY! politics thrive on it. Everything negative in this administration is Bushs fault. Everthing positive is Obama' doing. When the next Republican is elected the bad things will be Obamas fault.
    People are just polarised. People believe was they want the truth to be. If it does not agree with ones views, its bull. if it agrees its gospel. One just tends to be informed on what verifies ones beleifs.

    As the president goes...
    The conductor may be different, but the orchestra plays the same symphony as it has for 50 years.

    August 26, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. Fredo and the rest of the idiot bunch

    You can see the Republican plan for the past 4 years....first, leave the country deep in debt and having to pay for 2 war (one of them based on lies and the other because of Condi Rice incompetency)...second, vote against anything that helps unions, thus hoping the auto makes go under (didn't work – Obama saved them)....and third, make sure Republican House members vote against any positive bills the Democrats propose. Then they campaign on the bogus claim that only they can save the economy. Its like a ponzi scheme. Then to top it off, they have the idiot's brother go out and whine about how poorly "Fredo" is being treated. What a pathetic bumch!

    August 26, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    H wants to clear up the Bush name so his son can take over in a few years. Plain and Simple.

    NO MORE BUSHES EVER!!!!!!

    August 26, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Reformed Conservative

    This comes from the brother of the guy who really got us into this mess. LOL.

    August 26, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. William Dinwiddie

    The first 2 years of the President Obama administration the democrats had control of both houses of congress. If president Obama could not get hardly any democratic based party legislation passed in the first two years of his term in office with the democrats in charge. What makes you think he will do any better if the republicans gain control of both houses and he wins the presidency(not an unrealistic scenario. Just playing devils advocate.

    August 26, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. DarqueSide

    Jeb, old boy, your older brother is a loser and drove this country to the edge of disaster. Deal with it! Secondly, if you wanted to wade into this political arena, you should have thrown your name in during the primaries... but I guess you like the safety of the sidelines. Face it, you don't have the stones.

    August 26, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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