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. David

    He is right. Obama should no longer blame George Bush. He should just blame the House Republicans who have refused to pass his jobs bill or do anything else to help the economy (including people like Cristie who cancelled the tunnel project)

    August 26, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. seamastermaster

    The thing that scares me in the future, does not bother anyone else, I guess
    Another trillion in debt. Look at Greece, Spain. Look at the unrest!. When the US goverment reaches a debt of say 50 trillion or more and the Chinese or anyone does not want to invest in the dollar. The US will be forced to say no more. We borrow 40 cents on every dollar spent. Interest on the debt for one day is the federal budget for 1929. We are in debt this year more than it cost all sides to fight WWII. that debt does not go away.When the goverment says no more. WOW!
    When you pay people to be poor and take that away. When people lose what thet feel they are intitled to for free. Think about it. when it our debt to much. pick a number.

    August 26, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    Blame it on. The Gop bafoons party and their obstructionestism tryin to hold back the economy to get back the white house ,and thank Ryan atkins as obstructionest in chief , Gop losers will get payback in Nov !!!!!

    August 26, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. wakeup folks

    It's true that Obama inherited a debt and economy in collapse in '08. Tough for any president to work out of that.

    However President Obama decided it's best to spent his way out of the problems, and under his leadership the debt climbed by almost 40% – more than all previous presidents combined. Yet the unemployment/underemployment has stayed flat at best.

    If I personally owe more than I can cover by my income, my answer can't be to spend more. And it's not the shortage of cash to cover my bills (deficit) but the debt itself.

    We need a problem solver who can get our out of control spending in check and begin chipping away at the debt. That's going to hurt in many places, but not as much as when we approach Greek-level debt loads. Kicking the can down the road is not the answer.

    I hope everyone can really think about this and vote for someone who will focus on fixing the root cause of most of America's issues. In my view, we've given Obama's "hope and change" a chance, not to mention his promise to knock down unemployment and our debt. He's failed. Why not give someone else a chance – someone who has a track record of fixing finances (Olympics, state debt, etc)?

    In case you're wondering, I am an independent. I blame both parties over the last 30 year for screwing up our countries finances. I just want it fixed.

    August 26, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    You don't blame 2wars and trickle down-idiot.

    August 26, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. William Dinwiddie

    The republicans can't do no worse then the path of socialism that we're headed down now. and I am not hiding my name behind a handle or title I am one of those republicans that voted for Obama. I think its time to put somebody back in the presidcy that has real world business experience back in the whitehouse.

    August 26, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. JC

    Jeb knows that he would president if his brother didn't leave a bad taste in everybody's mouth: 2 wars, a deep recession, and countless fiascos in the political arena... consequently, the name of Bush is doomed for years to come. Therefore, no one under this name (Bush) can become president of this country...

    August 26, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Michael

    ! Repuglican spin machine wants this to a non-issue, like the, evaporation of 1/2 trillion surplus, -8.9 GDP, 11 trillion national debt, 1.3 trillion deficit, 2.8 trillion in tax cuts (unpaid for)2 Wars (unpaid for), Medicare prescription plan (unpaid for), 3 trillion borrowed from China, a Wall Street, Banking, Auto, Mortgage crisis’s, losing over 800,000 jobs monthly and a economy on the brink of depression when President Obama took office! Repuglican spin is that this economy belongs to Obama! Well, when this country is out the economic pitfall started under George Bush, I will agree! Until then, President Obama is still cleaning up repuglican mess of 6 years total control and 8 years Presidential control, whose policies and spending hit our economic structure, like the iceberg that struck the Titanic!

    August 26, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    President Obama has done a great job bring us back from the bring with no help from the Gop bafoons party and we will remember in Nov ,biggest Gop defeat in history in Nov !!!!!

    August 26, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. TheTraveler

    Yeah, whatever Jeb. Fact of the matter is that your worthless brother tossed this country into the toilet in an economic sense. He ok'd the tax cuts for the rich and focused on his insane preoccupation with his "War on Terror", a stance that many believe was to remedy the failure of Bush, Sr., your dad, in Desert Storm. The Iraqi War has cost American billions of dollars and thousands of American lives. Personally, I'd love to see your bro' stand trial as a war criminal and then, as a traitor to the US for his entirely inept handling of our domestic issues.

    August 26, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Robert

    Rich statement coming from him. His brother trashed America. Two unfunded unnecessary wars and tax cuts for Million and Billionares. Stay out of the Bushes!

    August 26, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. love344@tiscali.it

    Jeb, the dems thank you for bring up the subject.

    your family and friends has lined their pockets at the expense of the middle class and the poor of this country. Your brother lied and sent our soldiers out to fight a war based on a big fat lie...

    August 26, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Nojobama

    Jeb can never be president. He can't sing!

    August 26, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Republican2

    To add...did it not take $ to go after the terrorists which took many years to rid of? Where was Obumma? Listening to news? George Bush gets all the credit here. And the Navy Seals for example. Hope you get a nice homecoming in ChiTown after the election. Bye Bye.

    August 26, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. Hotdog

    Apparently people do not realize the time it takes to over come the economical impact that wars have on our economy. These were they same people to tell you that a deficit did not mean any thing. How many people were stupid enough to believe that foolishness? There has been a concerted effort by the republicans in congress to ensure that this president fail in-spite of the over whelming issues that we face as a country. There is not one ideology that is going to solve our existing problems but there must be compromise or we will continue to fail regardless who ever is POTUS.

    August 26, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. James

    Jeb Bush admits that Obama inherited a mess, so how can we not blame his brother for the mess? It is clear that the mess was more messy than anybody really knew and got messier during the first year of Obama's administration and world economic conditions especially Europe's are not helping. Nobody could have done any better especially when Congress keeps being obstructive and the whole focus of the republicans is how to make Obama a one-term president rather then help him deal with the severe problems facing the U.S.

    August 26, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. Adevarul

    Jeb...get a clue dude! You think a Chicago organizer is going to accept the blame for major program failures he and his czars dreamed up? It totally goes against his "I'm smarter than anyone else in the room" image. TRUTH: If he got four more years and the economy was still in the tank after another six or eight trillion of added debt, he would look back and say it was Bush's fault. And the sheep would nod and bleat in unison and the MSM (main sewer media) would report it as fact.

    August 26, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. NC_Mike

    Dr. Jeb,

    Your brilliant brother dug a hole that can't be dug out from in 3 years – maybe 6 or 8 years, but not three. I am sad McCain didn't win – the GOP deserved to clean up the mess you all made. Had the GOP won though, we'd be in a lot worse shape today than we are now. When the Dems won in 08 I said it then that they'd become the scapegoats for not being able to clean up a 10 year mess in just 3 or 4 years – and I was right on the money.

    August 26, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Marquise

    How quickly Jeb has fogotten the crash of the Saving and Loan indusutries that he and his brothers insigated. Each one of the Bush boys had a S&L that they ran into the ground. We the taxpayers had to bail them out. Remember the Resolution and Trust corporations who auctioned off merchadise from failed Large and small businesses. It was his father's financial policies of deregulation that allow the thieves to raid the life savings of the investors.

    The Republicans have done to the Banking industry what they did to the S&L industry. What is left for them to raid and destroy?

    August 26, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. FedUp

    Amen. Obama claimed the recession was over in the summer of 2009 and said we were back on the right path. Really? That was the beginning of "his" economy. Everything after that is his responsibility and fault.

    August 26, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. Randy, San Francisco

    Jeb Bush doesn't get it. President Obama is trying to prevent a return of GOP/Tea Party trickle down and conservative social engineering policies that failed under the Bush administration.

    August 26, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. Internet Child

    To the people blaming the "Republican Congress", did you know the Democrats controlled both houses until 2010, when Republicans took the House? It's like you don't acknowledge the fact that Obama got literally everything he wanted through Congress for two years...

    August 26, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. GEORGIA TEE

    Jebs comments are like listening to Mcain say Palin was the best choice for VP.....lol

    August 26, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Name vighost

    It is so funny that dubyas brother does not want Obama to cast blame yet still wants to say that the president did inherit a failing economy. How can he have it both ways either he had a good thing and ruined it or he tried to make right a sinking ship. Which one is it going to be? Wait wait don't tell me he did it all by himself. Things to make you go hmmm

    August 26, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Pete

    Yah,Clinton left a surplus of over 350 billion and Bush blew it in like 6 months,you're just upset Jeb because your brother was another loser just like you and your father..If it weren't for your brother and Cheney none of this would have ever happened,right!!His two unfunded wars created with lies,4500 troops dead ,thousands wounded,unfunded Medicare Part D,WallStreet collapse,housing mortgage collapsing nationwide ,the big three going bankrupt and tell Pres.Obama to move on,really pathedic!That's the reason for contraceptives,for people like you ,couples want to give up having any kids!!Republicans and their extreme stances,their racist remarks,their caring for the elite while letting the poor and impoverished to go unheard.Quit being so sanctumonious,you republicans that are so called born again christians but really don't know what Christianity really is because you don't show any,hypocrites all!!You can talk the talk ,but can't walk the walk.Try doing without for a change,like your meals,electricity, water,roof over your head,but you'd say who cares its not my fault,you're lazy,get a job when its you who took the jobs and sent them overseas...That's what's Romney is going to have to do, respond at the debates and he can't run,no magic from your Mormon cults,no magic underwear can help him now because he'll have to finally in public answer the questions he's been running from and lying about for months,his past taxes,his past at Bain and his past as a lousey governor of Massachusetts.Romney ,ya can run but ya can't hide,see what your party says after the debates,if ya show up!!

    August 26, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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