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. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Yes Jeb.........Because under your Brother W we saw n8 years of GROWTH,PEACE and PROSPERITY right /

    Wow do these guys live in a dream world. It's like everything wrong with this country today all started on or around January 16,2009.

    That is what annoys me about people saying Obama is a bad president. It's like 2001-2008 NEVER happened with some people.

    August 26, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. amercon

    Bush and a Democrat Congress set up the situation. Democrats caused the housing crisis which initiated the recession. Obama and Democrats have poorly managed the recovery. This is a slow growth recovery because of Obama's job killing policies (taxes, excessive regulation, cost of Obamacare, and uncertainty created). Obama's tremendously increased the debt while maintaining high unemployment.

    August 26, 2012 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Vote all republicans out for the next 20 years and we will have a surplus again. There's no other way. Don't put them in the House or the Senate or even local or state government.

    August 26, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. dem 4ever

    Jeb – Seriously, GB took office with a SURPLUS and managed to screw this country into a DEFECIT. how in the world do you blame Obama. Obama has made the tough decisions that GB wouldn't, or should I say too chicken to make in fear of upsetting the one percent... Not to mention, GB spent the majority of his failed 8 years on vacation at his ranch, not even in Washington. NO ROMNEY THE USA CANT TAKE IT ANYMORE.

    August 26, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  5. geggyg

    Durimg the 2008 campaign Pres Bush, McCain and the repubs were blaming Pres Clinton for the bad economy in 2008 , 8 years after he left office .3 months after Pres Obama took office the repubs were saying he was then responsible for everything and should have fixed every problem

    August 26, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. dem 4ever

    Romney nothing but Bush clone, Repubs have ruined jobs, housing, healthcare, education, economy, credit rating... Why would anyone re-elect such ridiculous people that let Donald Trump speak for them. They should all be embarassed to associate with someone so pointless. Shame thats the best they got.. Boehner said from day 1 that they would block anything Obama did, its the one thing Congress has done – screw Americans to forward the agenda of the rich and who cares about the rest.

    August 26, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  7. Susie

    Sorry Jeb, it was your genius brother W. that caused this mess and Obama stepped in it!! Please, never, ever run for prez!! We have had 2 too many Bushes for a lifetime!!

    August 26, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  8. Squigman

    Yes Jeb, since your family is responsible it would be nice if he's take all the blame. After all, your brother was the next thing to a saint. He never did one thing wrong. It was a figment of our imagination, that the whole country shut down during his watch. But hey, who points fingers these days? Let them eat cake.

    August 26, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Obama can still point back to the problem that he was dealt and the continual problems that a Republican controlled House have given him. Since Boehner can't get his caucus to hold to an agreement that he brokered with the president, I think that this is one reason why he can't his ideas done like infrastructure.

    August 26, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  10. Chad

    This would be like Bin Laden's brother saying Obama should stop blaming others for the deaths on September 11th.

    August 26, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. Chad

    A vote for Romney is a vote for the party that destroyed the economy and the one that would rather hold it hostage for 3 years to keep a black guy from being elected than help the American people.

    August 26, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  12. Scott

    Haha .. conservatards are still blaming Clinton who has been out of office for over a decade.

    August 26, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  13. patkdr

    Mr. Bush, it is your brother and the Republican Party with their greedy agendas that got our country in this mess to begin with. It took eight years of deciet and harmful, selfish policies to undo the surplus that "W" inherited from President Clinton when "W" took office in 2001. (and I still don't believe he truly won that election, given all the monkey business that went on in your state during the 2000 election,) How do you expect President Obama to turn around in 3 years what it took your brother 8 years to create, especially given the totally obstructionist policies of the Republicans in Congress. Their only objective in the last 3 years has been to defeat Obama. Shame on all of you for your selfish, greedy actions.

    August 26, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  14. Linda

    No one has stopped the GOPs from creating jobs. If they were concerned about this country and it's people, they would be creating jobs. They keep telling us the government is not in the business of creating job rather the rich people in the private sector....you know the ones they keep giving tax cuts. We don't need a new President as much as we need a new Congress. If we get the same Congress with the same attitude, we are doomed.

    August 27, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  15. James T

    After reading the above posts, I have nothing further to say. It's about all been covered. Thankyou. I agree wholeheartedly.

    August 27, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  16. just hope

    Anyone related to Bush should be hiding from the public. it is very toxic!

    August 27, 2012 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  17. just hope

    Jeff Bush is going to hurt Romney even people know Jeff is not George Bush

    August 27, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  18. ohio gal

    are all republicans this delusional?

    August 27, 2012 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  19. phyllis irene

    Jeb, thought you were smarter than your brother., buyt on Meet the Press you recited talking points. And to all Reps who think we should get over it (GW's disaster - out small Homeowners Assoc of 264 homes was embezzled — over $60,000) and trashed by first time property mgrs, connected to big developers who wanted nearby parkland for condos. After two years of wrangling and petitions to get our Assoc back, it took THREE YEARS for a Board of good neighbors to get back in the $ black, after fines, unpaid bills, no non-profit tax forms, no repairs + 2 other nearby Associations travesty. CNN and media, challenge these folks on such whiny lies!!!

    August 27, 2012 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  20. Bren

    Liberals are hilarious. FYI libbies.....Jeb Bush was one of the most popular/successful candidates ever elected as Governor of Florida. So, you can guarantee that Florida voters DO care what Jeb Bush has to say about the economy and Obama!! If Obama could not handle the job-he should not have run, and he definitely should not have been elected. And, Jeb Bush is also right--continuously hearing Obama whine and blame everyone/anything under the sun, is very unbecoming. Someone who continuously whines and blames everyone/anything is not a leader, he is a loser.

    August 27, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
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