November 20th, 2012
11:10 AM ET
1 year ago

Jeb Bush, Jr. hopes dad will run for president

(CNN) – Jeb Bush, Jr., the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said Tuesday morning he "certainly" wants his dad to run for president.

Asked on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" if he wants to see his father make a White House bid, Bush said, "I don't know. No comment. I certainly hope so."

"Giving you the full loaf of bread right there," he continued, smiling.

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Jeb Bush, the former governor, flirted with a presidential bid last year, but declined to run. With high popularity in the Hispanic community–his wife is from Mexico and he speaks Spanish–his name has resurfaced as a strong contender in 2016, now that many in the party say the GOP needs to better connect with Latinos.

"We really have to work on our ground game, have to work on our messaging," Jeb Bush, Jr. said Tuesday.

He pointed to his uncle, former President George W. Bush, as an example of someone who "showed that you can be successful with Hispanics and be Republican."

"He showed up in Hispanic communities. He spoke a little Spanish," he continued. "I think that candidness really came across well. (Sen. John) McCain and Gov. Romney didn't do a good job, but I think in 2016 we'll hopefully have a candidate that certainly focuses on that."

He also weighed in on Sen. Marco Rubio's controversial comments about the age of the earth, which Rubio argued was one of "the great mysteries" on Monday.

"It was a strange question and I guess kind of a head-scratching type of answer," he said. "We've got to be a pro-science and pro-technology party. I think Marco Rubio is just that. But we also can't forget about our traditional values."

Rubio has repeatedly said he considers Jeb Bush, Sr., to be his close friend and mentor.

Meanwhile, Jeb Bush, Jr.'s brother, George P. Bush, has taken steps to run for a statewide office in Texas.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Jeb Bush • Latinos • Marco Rubio
soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. CNNuthin

    To anyone who claims that Obama is trying to be a dictator, a king or some other long term leader, please read this article carefully. Bush Sr, W Bush, Jeb Bush and Jr's aspirations. I think the French had a solution for these kinds of Rulers.

    November 20, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Canuck

    @Ancient and @Rick McDenial

    George Bush did not need any help from the Democrats to tarnish his name.

    November 20, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  3. Darrell K Mathis II

    if another bush is elected in to office to screw everything up once again ..... i will never go as far as succession or anything like that but didnt we learn our lessons with the first two especially george jr .... come on guys ...i'll vote for ron paul first

    November 20, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:

    With the amount of anti-Bush backlash, created by Obama, the odds of that succeeding are practically nil.
    -------------------------------
    Wow, you're on a negative roll today. Obama created the anti-Bush backlash? That's like Gerald Ford for the anti-Nixon backlash, which caused Ford to lose to Carter. Like blaming Reagan for anti-Carter backlash. Like blaming GWB for anti-Clinton backlash.

    Try blaming Romney for anti-Romney backlash. Try blaming GWB for the anti-Bush backlash. Obama was still in the Illinois House when Bush started his wars and enacted his "temporary" tax cuts.

    November 20, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Harry Wreckdom

    The American Electorate is smart enough not to allow that to happen – no matter what silly poilicies the Republican party comes up with.

    November 20, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. just sayin

    don't bother running. let the democrats fix the disaster they have made. only when the country reaches total rock bottom with a major depression will they be ready to reject the leftist garbage the democrat party has become.

    November 20, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. phil

    People who would judge Jeb Bush based on GW just show how ignorant they are. If a country doesn't vote based off of principle and only votes based off of false judgement and assumptions then we are in trouble. Jeb Bush is his own man, own character, with his own principles & politics. Grow up people and judge him as the man he is and not who he is related to!

    November 20, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Patrish

    If you put Jed for pres and Rubio as VP you might have a winning combo. If the rest of the Republicans could keep their mouths shut!!

    November 20, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Didn't matter if his wife is from Mexico, GOP idealogy is the same

    November 20, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. Bob

    Just go away Bushes. You keep proliferating like a colony of rats.

    November 20, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Calcommuter

    Oh yes, please let's have another Bush in the White House. Not. Jeb should be in prison for the voter fraud he committed in 2000 with his mistress to get his brother Skippy elected by the Conservative Supreme Court. Jeb Jr is delusional if he thinks daddy will get past the first debate with the other 75 would be republican candidates in 2016...

    November 20, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Chandra

    No way Bush. I remind the people of the French Revolution. We hate dynasties.

    November 20, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. pat from central oregon

    I am 66 years old. If any yahoo with the last name of Bush ever, ever runs for president again, I will relocate to Canada or Panana. Their old, trickle down ideas do not work, they do nothing but create deficits, class warfare, and unemployment. How many times do we need to be exposed to the cancer called Bush before we learn anything?

    November 20, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. john

    For the sake of the US and the entire universe, I hope not........

    November 20, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Jim

    Ancient Texan – drinking kool-aid early today are we? GWB may likely go down as one of the worst Presidents ever! Lowered taxes during 2 wars (never done before) and one was legit and one was a lie to invade. Did not know he was in a fiscal mess until it was way to late most would call denial. Had the world in our hands after 9/11 and then proceeded to anger almost every nation in the world. Things are drastically different in the world today and we are liked again in most counties we care about no matter how many lies the GOP tried to tell contrary to reality. GOP needs an extreme make over or just go away. BTW Dems have a lot of work to do as well to win trust in the larger majority of the people. I am for an independent party to take over and make them both get back to basics and REALITY!

    November 20, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. jurby

    enough of the Bush family!!! that dang family has already been in the White House 2 times too many! this country doesn't need to have yet another Bush in the White House! there should be some law that permanently bans the remaining Bush family from entering politics.

    November 20, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Tommy G

    All of the people that have been warning this country for decades about its out of control government spending are dying before they ever see the country return to sound fiscal practice. Too bad. If Democrats remain in control, none of us will live to see that day.
    ---------------------
    I didn't want to tarnish the obit thread with off topic stuff. You need a history lesson. George W. Bush began his two administrations with more than a $300 billion annual surplus. The final two years of his administration saw annual deficits of $700 billion and $1.5 trillion, including TARP. That reflects a nearly TWO TRILLION dollar turn around in annual spending, all of which took place under a Republican administration.

    The Bush administration fired one of their budget people when he had publicly warned that Bush policies would create trillion dollar deficits within a decade. He was right. His name's Gov. Daniels of Indiana. Look at the Republicans Party and their policies if you want to know where the annual deficit came from.

    November 20, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Liberals and Dems hope so too. What a great freekin target he would be.

    "don't bother running. let the democrats fix the disaster they have made. only when the country reaches total rock bottom with a major depression will they be ready to reject the leftist garbage the democrat party has become."

    Sounds like the only thing suffering a major depression is you and the rest of the rabid Teatrolls. Cry more. My Schadefreude Flakes stay crunchy in tears.

    November 20, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Big Al

    100 years from now, George W. Bush will be considered the greatest president in the history of the United States of America. His bust should be on Mount Rushmoore.

    November 20, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. HelloD

    OMG I can't wait for a non-radical, rational true conservative to run for president, then i can actually be happy with my vote. Unfortunately normal conservatives like myself will probably have to wait a LONG time before that happens.

    November 20, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Maxx

    'Cuz it worked out so well when his uncle was president.

    November 20, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. Yuri

    He can run for office, but many might shun or stun him!

    November 20, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. 1zb1

    Just what the country or the world does not need is another Bush. This Junior Bush said, "We really have to work on our ground game, have to work on our messaging," Memo to Junior: Americans have finally gotten that for the Republican party "messaging" is just a fancy name for "lying". "Compassionate Conservativism" is both an oxymoron and a lie. News Flash: While GWBush was a disaster for the Country, Jeb Bush was a disaster for floridia.

    November 20, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Wake up People!

    We have NOT forgotten 2000 Jeb, and most of us NEVER will. You're just as bad as your brother, maybe worse.

    NO MORE BUSHS' EVER!!!

    November 20, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. laughingstock

    The GOP needs another Bush about as much as they need an even more conservative version of the Tea Party.

    November 20, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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