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. tuscany590

    No more Bushes, Clintons, or Kennedys..

    November 20, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Dan

    Don't plant another Bush in the Whitehouse.

    November 20, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    As a lifelong Democrat let me preface this by saying I don't think the Bushes are criminals by any shake of the imagination. I don't agree with many of their political stances, however I can see past that and recognize that these are people that care about our country enough to want to make it better. Again, neither of them are criminals, and furthermore I would challenge anyone to show me under US law what George W did that deserves jail time. I don't buy into the "war crimes" thing because as the Commander-in-Chief the President can and must do certain things to protect the American people. With all of this said, I can't imagine that I'd agree anymore with Jeb Bush's positions than I did his father or brother. However IF he runs for national office, don't we at least owe it to him to hear what he has to say rather than just dismiss him because of his last name?

    November 20, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. djdjdjs

    Ya, run yet another boosh. That would be fun to watch !

    November 20, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Larry L

    We have over 360 million people in America. Surely we can find somebody to represent the Republican Party who isn't tainted by association with the ridiculous clowns the GOP has offered in the past few elections. I hope the Republicans find a socially moderate, fiscally pragmatic, science-oriented, environmentally responsible, compassionate conservative who cares about all Americans and doesn't pander to the wealthy. Odds are the Democrats will offer that person and Republicans will continue their journey towards complete irrelevancy.

    November 20, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Paul Price

    We have had our fill of Bush's in the White House. It will take YEARS to recover from what W did to the country. Clinton had problems, but left the country in good condition. We will never know the good the Kennedy's could have done. JFK was on the brink of greatness, and RFK could have reached that pinnacle.

    November 20, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Sametestsameresults

    I think the Bush name is tarnished and means failure in this day and age.

    November 20, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. shelbyanne

    Bush recession # 3...No thanks.

    November 20, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Southernsuga

    No more Bushes. I've had it with their wars.

    November 20, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. GOP presidential candidates

    1988: George H W Bush
    2000: George H W Bush Elder son
    2016: George H W Bush younger son
    2024: George H W Bush Grandson
    2050: George H W Bush Great grandson
    2100: & above: Bush legacy still continues.

    November 20, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. guest

    no relative or spouse of a former pres. should be able to become pres.

    November 20, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. HUMM, AGAIN AND AGAIN

    America! Stay OUT of the BUSHES!
    We don't need more WARS, some families are thirsty for Human Blood, who is next?.
    Gulf War, Irak War, Afganistan War.........You kidding me????
    Next Wars... you want to Scheduled Jeb Bush for that, how many in the table?.
    Father 1 War, First Son 2 Wars, Next Son Jeb 3 Wars......

    November 20, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. On StreetWise

    I'm not Dubya... trust me!

    November 20, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. us_1776

    There's not a SNOWBALL'S CHANCE IN HELL that another Bush will every be elected President.

    .

    November 20, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Salvatore

    The Republican party is so out of touch its beyond repair.

    1) Is it traditional to be against science and technology? LOL.
    2) Is the Bush family, the infamous people who instilled a nation of ignorant craziness, the family that will save us from it?
    3) Is it impossible that Romney lost because the majority of American people were simply too smart to vote for him?

    Wake up Republicans, and go back to school. You have a lot to learn.

    November 20, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Don't even respond, this is just a way of putting "feelers out there" so let's be smart and keep the Bushs guessing about what we really think.

    November 20, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Squigman

    If another Bush gets access to the White House, it'll prove once and for all that the American people are dumber than a sack of hair. To those wishing to fulfill the desire of the younger Bush, please remember the mess left behind by his demented uncle, and try to do a better job at character judging for future leaders.

    November 20, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. JESSE james TAKE THEM TO THE STREET AND SHOOT THEM LIKE THE DOGS THEY ARE

    No more bushes shrubs. No more

    November 20, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. Expat American

    And this certainly means Dick Cheney, in spite of his age and failing health, will be considered for Vice President a second time? Along with Rumsfeld and all the other former Administration crooks from yesteryear?

    November 20, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. HUMM, AGAIN AND AGAIN

    Dictictionary meaning: Bush = War, Bush = War, Bush = War, Bush = War, Bush = War, Bush = War, Bush =Bush = War, War, Bush = War, .........Bush = War, Bush = War, Bush = War, Bush = War, Bush = War, Bush = War, Bush = War, Bush = War,

    November 20, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  21. ted

    NO more Bush's in the White House. They have screwed up the country enough and we are still rebuilding after GW Bush. He is the reason for our enormous financial issues and the recession we are crawling out of.

    November 20, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. Sueb

    While I think Jeb is probably the best of the Bushes...no way do we need another one in the White House! 3 Bushes in the space of 30 years...and one of them the worst president we ever had....that's 2 Bushes too many!

    November 20, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    His comment about Rubio says enough for me not to vote for another Bush or Rubio. First he says that Rubio gave a "head-scratching" answer and then states that Rubio is pro-science and pro-technology. Give me a break!!

    November 20, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. mangochic

    Goodness NO!!!!! We barely survived 2 Bushes now a 3rd one? No way amd the presidency is not a monarchy!!!

    November 20, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. just sayin

    hey... it was the democrats with the kennedys that started this whole dynasty bs. of course, today jfk would be a republican as the democrat party now resembles the communist party of the 60's.

    November 20, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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