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

Filed under: Jeb Bush
soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. Jack, Chicago

    Just like everybody else I am sick to my stomach of Bush and sick of the entire distrusting Bush family. I hope after January 2009 I never see another one of them in my life. They don’t deserve to serve in any future public office. I like James but he is way off on this one.

    October 16, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. mike glenmont ohio

    It's too bad that the American people are so stupid that they think they can only vote for the republicans or the democrats....Both parties polarize the voters to stay in power.

    October 16, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Nicole, New York NY

    I completely agree with this prediction. I think Tucker got it right. I thought this was going to be an option a long time ago. I was hoping I was wrong, but an interesting combination.

    October 16, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Tom Dawson, Pacific Palisades, Ca.

    Jeb Bush? What a joke. He couldn't even run his (very strange) state of Florida. To even think of him as a candidate for president – an office which hopefully will be at least somewhat repaired by '08 from the destruction his brother and related incompetent cronies have caused – boggles the mind. Come on James Carville....Well, though you've stretched my sense of humor, you did give me a good laugh!

    October 16, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Kathleen Thorpe, Fort Pierce, FL

    Jeb said he wanted to be the "education governor" – after his eight years in office we are now one of the lowest states in the counttry in education. Taxes have become so high that even the snowbirds are getting out. Jeb as president? My head and heart both ache just thinking about it. God help us if this should happen.

    October 16, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Chris, Philadelphia PA

    I can't think of a more frightening prospect than another 4 years of a Bush White House! I threatened to leave the country if W was elected to a second term...this would seal the deal for sure! As Bill Cosby would say "Come on people"!

    October 16, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Jeff - Jacksonville, FL

    I have no problems with Jeb Bush. He's an intelligent man, unlike his older brother. He did a great job in Florida as governor, but if there was another Bush in the White House, I'd probably run for the hills...after all, people thought Dubya did a decent job in Texas....and look what happened.

    October 16, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. txleadhead Orange,Texas

    Jeb and W should have been hung with the same rope for what they pulled in the 2000 election. Maybe, just maybe Daddy and Uncle Jim can pull it off again? Move those sheep out.

    October 16, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. John, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Bush VS Clinton 08 is a sick joke.

    We need Ron Paul. He's THE true conservative, he's also the only candidate who will stand up for our constitution and the rule of law (not men).

    October 16, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. David, Gilbert Arizona

    I'd vote for Jeb. He's very different than his brother. He is a successful business man, unlike his brother, and he was a good Florida govenor. He also recused himself from the 2000 election recount, although not surprisingly the democrats still want to blame Jeb for the outcome.

    But hey, I'd vote for RuPaul before I'd vote for Hillary Clinton. Ru is more woman than Hillary and he's a black man. What more could you ask for?

    October 16, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Satan Baltimore, Md.

    Funny thing is...Jeb is the smart one!!

    October 16, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. D.F. Concord, CA

    Roger, your comment about a grammatical mistake in the article was littered with grammatical errors and misspellings and was overall incoherent. Throw stones much?

    October 16, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Mac, Severn, Md

    Carville talks a lot. A LOT. That doesn't mean he makes sense. This doesn't; it's hot air.

    October 16, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. JKap, Schaumburg, IL

    If that cretin is elected President, I'm moving to Antarctica.

    October 16, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. jeff dana point ca

    Bush believes the country is suffering from "Bush fatigue" wow that might just be the understatement of the century.

    October 16, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. JeffL, Mill Spring, N.C.

    There will not be another President Bush. Ever. The name Bush has become infamous. With good reason.

    October 16, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Katheen Thorpe, Fort Pierce, FL

    My theory is the "Bushies" are going to wait until "Little George" (Jeb's son) can run. He is now a lawyer in Florida – very charming, good looking and fluent in Spanish. By then, all of this anti-Bush sentiment will have been forgotten. We have a short memory in this country. Give them 10 years and he will be on the campaign trail!! Three generations of "Bushies" as president – can't you just see it coming down the road?!!

    October 16, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. tom b. morrill,maine

    with the polls showing how well liked bush is and as many problems as republicans have had to deal with concerning bush,i don't think this country is ready for a third bush in the white house

    October 16, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. MikeC, Bakersfield, CA

    Without question the machinery to make this occur is already in motion. Former Governor Bush will be the nominee for the republicans in Minneapolis and will be elected the 44th president of the U.S. Followed in 2017 by a Bush nephew. There will never again be a time for any currently living American when a Bush isn't president.

    October 16, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. r schier norwalk,ct

    UGHHHHH !!!

    October 16, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Dave, Evergreen CO

    So is that like a democratic monarchy?

    October 16, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. laurinda,ny

    Now this is really upseting. Jeb Bush. This has got to be the worst news yet. This whole election is turning into a nightmare.

    October 16, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Jim Corbett

    Now let's get this straight, some of you want the man who conspired with Kathryn Harris to rob thousands of Americans of their vote and place "W" in the White House, to run for President. Is it just that you all are so Republican that you are incapable of recognizing that Jeb and the Florida Republican Party stole the 2000 election by purging the voting rolls of thousands of eligible voters. I always feared that the Republicans don't really support Democracy, here's proof. The right has opposed every effort to expand suffrage. From the vote for women, to the civil rights act, Repubs have always said, "No" to letting the people have their say in favor of manipulated elections, denials of voting, intimidation, poll taxes, et. al. Look up any definition of fascism, see if there's something familiar and elephantlike.

    October 16, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Richard Orlando, FL

    Jeb Bush?? Yeah, right. Should we all just overlook the fact that he was ruled unconstitutional TWICE and still pursued the Terri Shiavo (may she rest in peace) intrusion and state vouchers for private schools? Just what our country needs, another Bush with the mindset that he is above the rule of law. No thanks.

    October 16, 2007 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Reggie , Anaheim, Ca.

    I read where someone said they were a
    liberal republican and would vote for jeb bush he's the best candidate of
    either side.

    Boy oh boy dumb n dumber this phool
    wants the bush crime family to continue
    it's greed and treason. The Fascist are rampant, however we should expect
    more ridiculous tiraids from them in
    the future.

    Yeah jeb, coulter, limbaugh, savage
    all great Americans that need to be
    deported to Saudi Arabia where darth
    himmler cheney can torture them.

    Can I puke now! Wake up people
    are we this stoopid? Voting Machines
    owned by the Private sector!
    Were Stoopid and still counting!

    Obama is the Man!

    October 16, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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