October 16th, 2007
05:50 PM ET
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Carville: Jeb Bush will be GOP nominee

Will Jeb Bush be the 2008 Republican nominee? CNN analyst James Carville said yes, in a panel discussion Tuesday.

NEW YORK (CNN) - Democratic strategist and CNN analyst James Carville tossed out a provocative idea during a panel discussion on politics Tuesday.

At CNN's America Votes 2008 Breakfast, the chief architect of Bill Clinton's successful 1992 presidential run predicted that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be the Republican nominee in 2008. Jeb is a younger brother of President Bush.

Carville bolstered his prediction, highlighting Jeb Bush's career: He was a successful governor of a large state, he enjoys the support of social conservatives, he speaks Spanish, and "he's somebody the party could rally around," Carville said.

"There is nobody in this field who can rally the Republican Party; he's the only person in America that can do it," he added.

But fellow CNN analyst and former Oklahoma GOP Congressman J.C. Watts disagreed with Carville, saying, "The conventional wisdom caucus, the establishment of the Party, pardon my English, but they ain't going to allow that to happen."

There has been high speculation that Jeb Bush might make a run at the White House in 2008, but then, late last year, he said he would not run.

Former President George H.W. Bush suggested to CNN's Larry King last April that "Bush Fatigue" may be one of the reasons the former Florida governor is sitting out the 2008 race.

But the former president predicted his youngest son may enter politics again in the future.

"I hope that Jeb, who left office looking good, is not through with politics," the elder Bush said. " I think he's a good man, most other people think that, a man of principle. And I think he's got a future."

In addition to Carville and Watts, the panel included CNN analysts and contributors Paul Begala, Donna Brazile, Gloria Borger, Bill Bennett, and Amy Holmes.

- CNN's John Helton and Alexander Mooney

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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Seth, Long Beach CA

    Jeb Bush does seem like a qualified candidate. Too bad he didn't run in the 2000 election. Maybe a Jeb/McCain ticket? That would have been an impeccable ticket and would have been a good race.

    October 16, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Mike Smyth

    It isn't Bush Fatique Syndrome. It is Bush Failures Syndrome.

    I think Americans have learned their lesson about electing people because of their last name and family connections.

    The biggest thing going against Hillary Clinton is her last name. Americans are sick of these two dynasties having a stranglehold on the White House.

    October 16, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Maryann Lewis Iowa

    what a JOKE! we are still laughing at anyone with the name bush running for any office. hahahaha

    October 16, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Roger Freeman

    Does anyone proof read these stories before they hit the web (may...Make).COME ON, we are turning into a country of people who can't spell and (or) have no understanding of our the english language. World hunger (NO) but it underminds CNN's credibility!!!!!!

    October 16, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. John Krout, Arlington VA

    Bush Fatigue indeed! It would be different if the economy were soaring and the troops were heading home. But the economy is tanking and the troops are almost sitting ducks in Iraq. Even in 2006 nearly all the Republican congressional incumbents were distancing themselves from GW Bush. J Bush faces a phenomenal uphill battle inside his own party. Now is not the time for him.

    October 16, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Jeb can't garner the religious conservatives because their "aryan" wing won't approve of his latina wife. If he suddenly gets divorced,he might be running. If he took dobson's money and launched a failed attempt,that'd be very funny. I want to see somebody deprive the right-wingers of their money. I don't care who.

    October 16, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. John P NYC

    Carville is one smart SOB and he just dropped a bomb.

    Hillary is one of the most unlikeable leaders around. While Repub Fred Thompson could have vast cross over appeal. Many Americans have seen him on tv and movies and liked what they saw.

    Carville wants America to continue to associate the Republican party with the Bush name because Dubbya has made Bush a dirty word. (pun).

    October 16, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Josh Doye, Sutton, Vermont

    As Jesse Jackson once said.

    "Stay out of the bushes"

    October 16, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Roberta, Killeen, TX

    I think Carville needs to talk to his wife. He is a has been. Jeb would have been alot better than George W. But I don't believe illary is the answer to our problems. She makes a lot of sense but, I just can't see her in the White House.

    October 16, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. scott, surf city, nj

    Another CNN story with Carville involved and no mention that he is an advisor for Hillary Clinton. Well done CNN, your slide to the bottom of the news spectrum continues. At this rate you should catch up with Fox "News" before the 08 elections

    October 16, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Richard Chase

    A Bush is a Bush, is a Bush, is a Bush. To put another Bush in the White House would be the third worst mistake the electorate will have ever made.

    October 16, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Rob New York City

    Thank you James, I just vomited all over the floor.

    October 16, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. David, Salt Lake City, Utah

    I'm from Florida, consider myself a liberal Republican and am leaning towards Hilary in 2008. But as much as I loath #43, if Jeb were to change his mind and run for the White House I'd jump on board his campaign in a second. While governor of the 4th largest state in the union, he pushed through environmental reforms, cut the state deficit and downsized government, supported Latin America trade, was decisive during the awful hurricane seasons of 04 and 05, and was strong on minority rights (except LGBT, unfortunately). He's no saint mind you – his education history is spotty, he tanked on workers rights and election reform, dropped the ball in the DCF scandal, not to mention Terri Shivo, in the end I think he'd make a better president than any of the candidates from either party. He's a true Republican, not some evangelical hand puppet for uber-social conservatives and the the business elite. Too bad his last name is Bush.

    October 16, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Judith Inman, Albion, Maine

    God forbid, not another Bush. Haven't we had enough?

    October 16, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Michael S. Columbus, Indiana

    There's a song titled " The Day the Music Died". With this thought of Jeb Bush, it will be "The Day Democracy Died." Oh wait, the fact that Hillary is the leading nomination already brings the death of democracy. Hmm, I'm going to have to research which monarchy is the best one out there and start packing my bags. I'd rather be in a country defined as a monarchy than here where we pretend to embrace democracy. Hip Hip Hoorah for ignorance and laziness! We excel at it.

    October 16, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Tim, Madison WI

    Yeah, because the cure for despotism in the United States will be the election of the brother of the guy who caused this entire mess to begin with. Not to mention that if Jeb runs, us Constitution-lovin' liberals will instantly attack his vile role in GWB's Florida "victory."

    Lil' Bush: "Jeb fall down."

    October 16, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. jenna bush,crawford, tx

    could be a good clone of his brother george and father bush

    October 16, 2007 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Scott from Freehold

    I love Carville, but he is off his rocker on this one. No way the Republicans want to go anywhere near the name Bush in 2008. I would welcome it as that would insure a Democratic victory.

    October 16, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. brenda,lowell,ma

    This is third world at it's best! We have dynasty and dictatorship!

    October 16, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. Ken Pennswoods

    Maybe that's the plan...every sensible person hates Hillary, but they won't elect another Bush right after this one...then, Jeb runs in 8 years and wins because nobody remembers him running in 2008(A.D.D. really helps), and the circle remains unbroken...44 years of Bush/Clinton...if you don't think they're in cahoots, I got ocean front property in PA for steal of a deal!

    October 16, 2007 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    James Carville, buddy, even though we're of different political persuasions, I love ya.

    However, bud, you're flat wrong on this one.

    Even as a conservative, I too, have Bush/Clinton Fatigue and simply don't wish to see either of those names on a ballot again (at least not in my lifetime).

    Jeb might be a great guy and likely far more competent than his brother.

    But I simply cannot take another 4-8 years of liberal ranting and foaming at the mouth, as they uncontrollably writhe about on the floor, gnashing their teeth and shouting profanities like someone possessed (this folks, is what happens to liberals afflicted with the dreaded Bush Derangement Syndrome, or BDS).

    Sorry, American Democrats, I didn't mean to implicate you with this description, just the radical liberals who have hijacked your party.

    I think we honestly have more in common than we're led to believe. The Democrat party, however, simply needs an exorcism to rid the party of the MoveOn.orgs and the like that have possessed this once great party.

    My grandfather was a Democrat until his death, but had he lived long enough to see what had become of his party, he would have jumped ship like the rest of us.

    October 16, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. JB, Phoenix, AZ

    If Jeb Bush is nominated, can someone please send me the information on how to become a Canadian citizen.

    October 16, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. Jason, Lake Asbury, Florida

    I love it when people refer to the 2000 election as the stolen election. I guess you will not let anything get in the way of your precious pipe dream including facts. The Supreme Court ruled that if there was going to be a recount, every district had to be counted by hand, which is something that Al didn't want to happen.

    Also, I think it is ironic that people say they want the government to stay of out of your life but then you throw your support behind a group that wants to control us more than ever. We need fewer taxes, not more. We need more choices when it comes to our heath, not less. We need to celebrate our individuality and not cling to a specific group. More rights for the people and less rights for the politicians. Make them show us what they are doing instead of telling us one thing and doing another.

    When you allow yourself to be lumped into a group, you are seen as a entity that can be demonized instead of an individual with real experiences. Don't let them scam you into believing that your life's destiny is to be a pawn in their virtual chess game.

    Vote for less government control.

    October 16, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. Jared, Nashville, TN

    "What's really ironic is that after having a father and brother who were totally incompetent and unqualified, Jeb could probably do a pretty good job….but the Bush name is poison now." – Jim, Atlanta

    George H. W. Bush was one of the most qualified President's in our history. He was a two term Congressman, Ambassador to the UN, Chairman of the RNC, Ambassador to China, Director of the CIA, and two term Vice President. To describe him as incompetent is clearly wrong as well.

    October 16, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. Pete, Suncoast, FL

    Bush Fatigue is right... we need someone as far away from W and his crony clan as possible... America is tired of being Bushwhacked...

    October 16, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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