Washington (CNN) - Former first lady Barbara Bush is not trying to pull the rug out from under a possible presidential bid by her son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a Bush family spokesman tells CNN.
The spokesman tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that Barbara Bush feels misinterpreted by the media coverage of her most recent comments.
“Her point is the family feels no entitlement as it relates to the presidency,” said spokesman Jim McGrath.
Last week, Barbara Bush said in a pretaped interview released by C-SPAN that U.S. voters ought to be given a wider range of choices than just scions from a few political families. Jeb Bush, in response to his mother’s C-SPAN appearance, tweeted a lighthearted comment asking, “What date is Mother's Day this year? Asking for a friend.”
"I think this is a great American country, great country, and if we can't find more than two or three families to run for high office, that's silly, because there are great governors and great eligible people to run," Barbara Bush said in the C-SPAN interview.
Though her son is certainly qualified to run for president, the former first lady said, "I hope he won't."
"Because I think he'll get all my enemies (and) all his brother's,” she continued. “And there are other families. I refuse to accept that this great country isn't raising other wonderful people."
This isn't the first time the former first lady has delved into her son’s political future. "We've had enough Bushes," she told NBC's "Today" in April 2013.
The former two-term Florida governor is considering running for president in 2016, though he says he hasn't made a final decision.