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. Ronnie

    First of all ask your favorite brother to take some responsibility for creating this mess and then give advice to Obama...

    August 26, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. Pete

    Hey,where's all the hypocrital republicans,the ones that adore the Bushs,idolize them even.I haven't seen anything constructive nor ever will I from ignorent people as republicans who can't face the nasty truth,all their presidents were losers,all of them,just pathedic their party is!!!

    August 26, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. JP

    I am a democrat and I must admit that I am newly inspired at this moment having just heard Jed Bush speak honestly about what this country needs. I completely agree with Mr. Bush when he said that our demographics are changing and that the republican party must refocus itself in order to communicate with today's Americans. After listening to an inverview of him for a half hour I am convinced that he is passionate about education, about the future of our children and that he understands the plight of the middle class American. Too bad he is not running in this election. I would vote for him!!

    August 26, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Feed the greed

    Jeb, try another tack, I don't think anybodies buying the it's all Obama's fault. Perhaps an admission that your brother played a big role in the lousy condition of the economy. Maybe except some responsibility for your failures. How can we trust republicans to fix an economy, when they don't even understand how they broke it?

    August 26, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. Greg

    Just think, this guy could be running in 2016 if the tax dodger Mitt doesn't win!!!!!!

    August 26, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. Sue

    While I decided to vote Democratic in 2008, I had voted for mostly republicans until that time. I tend to vote more for "the person" as opposed to the party. I liked what I saw in Obama, voted for him, and have never regretted it for a minute! And at this point in my life, after watching the behavior of the republican party and the ugly, malicious, not to mention UNTRUE, diatribes that have spewed from their mouths, I will NEVER vote for a republican again. There was a time when I held the republican party in high regard, but the conduct I have witnessed in the past several years, in no way, represents the GOP of the past! They've totally lost their way and are now represented by a group of self-absorbed, egotistical blow-hards, interested only in their own self-advancement and will say ANYTHING to protect that advancement. And unfortunately, it's to the detriment of our country. If elected, Paul Ryan would be a "heartbeat away" from the presidency, as they say, and that's a very scary prospect. I believe it to be a choice he may live to regret, as would we all.

    August 26, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. Rick in St. Pete

    Jeb, we'll stop blaming your little brother for wrecking the economy when you and your kind take the blame for wrecking it in the first place. And by the way, you're way too liberal now for your crazy crackpot party now.

    August 26, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. ghostriter

    To be honest, Obama doesn't have to blame Bush. The current crop of Republicans will do. Record number of filibusters alone lets us know who had a big part in why the recovery (which would have taken a few years to climb out of anyway) is where i is now.

    August 26, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. Marty, FL

    The Bush brothers should accept responsibility for their failed policies that caused to so many problems.

    Trickle-down economics do not work, and Romney wants to go back to these same Bush positions. No thanks.

    August 26, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Quit complaining and get to work!

    August 26, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Dear Jeb:

    I voted twice for your brother, I wish Al Gore had won!

    A disaster! Your father was great though.

    August 26, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Teddy

    Duhhhhh. Really Jed, we really do expect absent cerebral thought from you. Your brother took a surplus and spent it going after Sadaam for saying he wanted to go after your father. Your brother had no buisness being president, he surrounded himself with self interest people, Rumsfeld, Chaney. He Destroyed this country and the middle class. He gave oil companies and Wall Street free passes to do what ever they wanted destroying the middle class. Your brother will go down in history as the worst president ever, Any president following that act had a hell of a job cleaning up this mess.

    August 26, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. belinda

    The Brother of the former President states that Obama should quit blaming others for the Economy . What planet is this Guy on ? His Brother, squandered a huge surplus, turned it into a money surplus for the Rich on the backs of the Poor and Middle Class. Deregulated everything to the point of Economic chaos !!! Take some Responsibility, your father did . All Americans, know that the Republican Tea Party is doing Nothing to help this Country for no other reason than to bring the President down. Traitors. We will bring you Down, at the polls.

    August 26, 2012 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. Indy

    You don't ask families of murder victims to stop blaming the murderer,we know GW murdered the US economy and it had a huge after effect on the global economy and the blame belongs on the Bush administration and Obama and everybody has a right to be mad to this day because of what Bush did.Bush will rightfully be blamed for the rest of history for what he did to the economy and Jeb Bush is the last person that should speak about the economy his brother ruined.Republicans have taken a bad economy and made it worse by taking every citizen hostage as they play out their lust for power game with Obama and the economy

    August 26, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Certainly sounds like Jeb has his brother's genes. How about a compromise? Obama should only be allowed to remind the country of what "W" did to the U.S. economy.

    August 26, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. Dennis

    Its ridiculous that the people in the Republican party have not even owned up to the fact that there economic policies are the ones that decimated the economy. The people leading that group have no intention of offering prosperity to hard working people. There only interest is to stay rich off the hard work of others and just pretend that if your not super rich then you must be lazy. Its amazing to see how ignorant people are. You don't have to like Obama but at least he doesn't resort to lying and misrepresentation of the truth to get votes.

    August 26, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. Donald in CA

    After stealing the 2000 election for your brother and allowing him to get all those military men and women killed in Iraq, this is one bush who should go be a monk.

    August 26, 2012 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. sam41

    You're absolutely right Jeb...!!
    Bama should stop blaming others for the state of the economy.
    Blame for the economy rest squarely on the shoulders of your pathetic brother 'Dubya' the Incompetent' (as history as anointed him) & his minion of inept cronies who made this great nation the laughing stock of the world.

    August 26, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  19. MARIA

    So your brother led the country into 2 wars based on lies wasting millions of dollars and killing american soldiers and innocent iraqui women and children in the process and President Obama and common sense americans should not blame him for all the damage he caused?? You must think all americans have short memory, are undereducated and full of hate and prejudice like the GOP base. Please do us a favor and disappear from the public eye !!!!!

    August 26, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. lies from the left but mostly hate

    IS IT NOT TRUE! It is Obama's country, it is his responibility. Bush was bad, but Obama made it worse ( with six years of dem control of congress, four for Bush and two for him).

    August 26, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  21. once upon a horse

    and here I thought Jeb was the one Bush with any sense. Well then there's always Barbara or heck Laura for that matter.

    August 26, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. Tim

    Obama is a do nothing politician. He said he would own the ecnomy in his 3rd year of his presidency. Instead he just wants to cry " it wasn't me!! " Be a man Obama instead of a boy. That's not going happen!!

    August 26, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. CBR

    Come on Jeb Bush lets be a little more aware of what went on. President Bush pushed us into a war with Iraq. He left Afghanistan and moved into Iraq. As Afghanistan became more problematic and so we went back into Afghanistan. Here we are mired down in an undeclared war. President Bush never budgeted for the war. The balanced budget came to an end and more money was spent without paying for the war.

    You need to figure the deficit more closely. Not only did we spend more to push the deficit up and we are still paying for a war. The deployment of troops is expensive and we must finish the war or leave Afghani people to fend for themselves.

    Anyone remember BP? You wonder why oil prices went up.

    August 26, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. NYNJCT

    I agree that Obama to stop blaming the ailing economy on Bush. What Obama has done; printed US$1,000,000,000,000.00
    Mar. 2009, created most temporary jobs only 400,000 with bailout funds, $787,000,000,000.00, invested taxpayer money
    to Solyndra US$535,000,000.00 in federal loan guarantees, but went BANKRUPT within 2 years, support ABORTION for some Africa countries with taxpayer money, aid Palestine including part of Gaza $450,000,000.00, rise NATIONAL DEBTS US$16,000,000,000,000.00 etc. OBAMA SHOULD FOCUS ON ECONOMY INSTEAD BLAMING OTHERS.

    August 26, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  25. Jean2

    If the past adminstration is not accountable, WHO OR WHAT IS ???????????

    The honable position would be to to admitt what caused it and how we as a nation can recover, ACT THINK AND GOVERN LIKE STATESMEN.

    August 26, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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