Jeb Bush on 2016 decision: 'Can I do it joyfully?'
January 29th, 2014
08:18 PM ET
6 months ago

Jeb Bush on 2016 decision: 'Can I do it joyfully?'

(CNN) - If Jeb Bush runs for President, it will be based on two things - his family and whether he can lift America's spirit.

"I don't wake up each day saying, 'what am I going to do today to make this decision?'" the former Florida governor told CNN affiliate WFOR in a suburb of Miami on Wednesday.

But he's not saying no, either – at least now anyway.

"I'm deferring the decision to the right time, which is later this year. And the decision will be based on 'can I do it joyfully' because I think we need to have candidates lift our spirits. It's a pretty pessimistic country right now. And, is it right for my family?" he said while touring a local school.

Bush hasn't denied an interesting running, sparking speculation that he's seriously considering a Republican candidacy.

Bush's mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, however, seems to have already made up her mind.

She's expressed her opinion publicly in recent weeks that her son shouldn't follow in the footsteps of his brother and her husband and seek the White House.

Mrs. Bush says it's time to let other families have a chance.

"She promised me she wouldn't keep saying this," Jeb Bush said. "But she is 89 years old and if you have elderly parents or grandparents, you know they speak their mind. There is not much stopping between thinking and speaking. I love her."

Jeb Bush has taken his mother's opposition in stride, tweeting after her comments aired on C-SPAN earlier this month: "What date is Mother's Day this year? Asking for a friend."

Mrs. Bush, a family spokesman said, feels her comments have been misinterpreted – that she only means her family feels no sense of entitlement to the White House.

Jeb Bush's brother, George W. Bush, was the 43rd President and his father, George H.W. Bush, was the nation's 41st.


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    America must be crazy !

    A Bush or Clinton , political inbreeding .

    January 29, 2014 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. Liz the First

    Yeah, just what will bring 'joy' to America, another Bush running us into the ground! and the sad part is there are actually some out there who think it would be a good thing.

    January 29, 2014 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Jeb wants to open the American embassy at the Vatican that he said Obama closed. He is clueless like his brother, but a lot of billionaires want him.

    January 29, 2014 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. S. B. Stein

    Maybe he should listen to his mother and not run. I don't think that we need another Bush as president no matter how much smarter than his brother.

    January 29, 2014 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. rs

    I honestly believe that no matter how credible, articulate and well sorted Mr.J. Bush manages to appear, that the previous works of Mr. G.W. Bush will negate any chance he has to be a successful candidate… then there is the whole issue of just which GOP he would be running for. Another problem altogether.

    January 29, 2014 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  6. name. willard

    Jeb bush will be great his job with presdient 20016

    January 29, 2014 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  7. Jonathon Powelly

    Not much chance Mr. Boring is going to lift America's spirits.

    January 30, 2014 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  8. Name Uche Agonsi

    The Bushes seem to have read the US Forefathers textbook on Pathway to the White House, and seem to know how to apply it. However, it equally seem to me they lost the " Chapter on Successful Tenor" ....... this makes it tragic.

    January 30, 2014 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  9. bassman

    A New PPP poll shows Sarah Palin with the highest favorability rating. 14 points higher then Jeb Bush.

    January 30, 2014 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  10. with a grain of salt

    Well when you Google the bush family, it probably eliminates 99% of potential voters, I'd say you've got a problem.

    January 30, 2014 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Hey Jeb, I am not 89 years, not even close, but listen up shrub man . . . . . NO MORE BUSHES!!!

    January 30, 2014 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  12. with a grain of salt

    Another bush, and economic doom that comes with them? I'll have to pass thanks.

    January 30, 2014 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  13. with a grain of salt

    Yup the first was bad, second dose neatly killed us, and that's a fact you simply can't argue.

    January 30, 2014 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  14. with a grain of salt

    Let's face it, both parties have baggage, but this is their biggest piece of it right here. I know I continue to be surprised at the ignorance of many, but this should be a no brainer. We all know both candidates are going to promise BS, so you have only to look on their voting records, and proposals they introduce. On the state level its most obvious, we need to get Republicans out of our government. The gop is trying to tell us Wisconsin is 7th in job creation, the real statistics put it 38th,,that kind of BS I can't stand, that guy is toxic for our workforce.

    January 30, 2014 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    "If Jeb Bush runs for President, it will be based on two things – his family and whether he can lift America's spirit."
    ------------------------------
    As of right now, he rates a double negative. It's been that way for some time. America doesn't know "Jeb". All that they know is "Bush". It's a little late in the program to start building up a "Jeb" image. Doing so would be too obvious, which would make it all less credible. Besides, mama wouldn't be pleased.

    January 30, 2014 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  16. Dean

    Jeb would make a much better president than Hillary.

    January 30, 2014 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  17. Marie MD

    @grain, I have been saying this for months. State level is where the teaklan governors are polluting our system.
    The cancer has to be eradicated from the root!
    @bassman, screecher from AK who?
    She's been a nobody since 2008 and was responsible for the old man without a clue from AZ losing. I can't find one single repug who likes her not even the diehards I know.
    If it wasn't for CNN publishing her brain farts on Facebook we would NEVER hear of or about her. Except for maher who seems not to be able to give her up either.

    January 30, 2014 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  18. Kinard

    Bring some joy to the nation. Stay home instead. No one want's or need's you, nor any other Bush in the Oval Office. Stay home.

    January 30, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  19. The right wing have lost their damned minds

    Read my lips...No more Bushes!!!!

    January 30, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  20. drake mallard

    the bush family=endless war in iraq

    ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush authorized the sale to Iraq of numerous items that had both military and civilian applications, including poisonous chemicals and deadly biological viruses, such as anthrax and bubonic plague.

    After the 1991 Gulf War, U.N. inspectors “compiled long lists of chemicals, missile components, and computers from American suppliers, including such household names as Union Carbide and Honeywell, which were being used for military purposes” in Iraq.

    According to the study, then President George W Bush made 232 false statements about Iraq and former leader Saddam Hussein’s possessing weapons of mass destruction, and 28 false statements about Iraq’s links to al Qaeda.

    Did President Bush quit looking for Osama Bin Laden? He quit looking for him when he started ramping up the military for the invasion of Iraq.

    January 30, 2014 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    If Jeb threw is hat into the ring, Democrats would have a very toxic card to play against him. "2000 Florida Recount"

    January 30, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. g

    the military industrial complex is behind him.hes a money maker

    January 30, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. brain

    he'd have to change his name to Justin Bieber just to have a chance.

    January 30, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |