October 16th, 2007
05:50 PM ET
15 years ago

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. Dan Dean Orlando, Fl.

    Too bad Jeb didn't run instead of W, when the Bush name was an asset. He unlike his brother received my vote. Now, especially after discovering his PNAC connnection, I'm glad that he is out of this election.

    October 16, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Chris, FL

    You can't live in Antartica JKap, it's against international law.

    I tried. 🙁

    October 16, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. Steven Smith, Paris, TN

    For a return favor, Jeb could get his brother Neil for his vice president. The banks and savings and loans would love this. Remember Neil helped Jeb get his start, so Jeb could help on Neil out now.

    October 16, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Pat, Austin Tx

    Bush, Clinton, Bush, Bush?
    Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush?

    This is pure insanity, it is time for America to realize that they are being manipulated by a few families (not just the Bushes and Clintons) year in and year out. It is of my personal opinion that anyone who sends a vote to either of these families, or anyone who registers as a supporter of these families is a reckless voter of questionable ethical and moral concern for the rest of the country at hand. The Bush family and the Clinton family know all to well what is taking place and America is playing into the hands of big government socialist well wishing.

    October 16, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Rocco, Wellington. Fl

    George maybe the reason Jeb never gets the Presidency. At least at this juncture the nation has had its fill of anything that end in Bush. Wouldn't you just love to attend (1) Christmas dinner at the Bushes house!

    October 16, 2007 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. Bill W, Coatesville, PA

    And if this happens, as Lewis Black says:

    "The people should rise up as one, and SLAY them."

    October 16, 2007 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. Mary Louise Rago, Chicago, IL

    I doubt that Jeb Bush will be able to run for President. I think he will be spending a good deal of his time at the Hague supporting his brother, George, through his trials for war crimes.

    October 16, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. JDS N.C.


    October 16, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Thank You James Carville....Best Idea I've heard concerning American Politics in a long, long, time. I think JEB would make a Great President. Just the man to satisfy the dreams of many Republican Supporters!
    GO JEB....Good Family Stock and Genes are very important qualities in deciding on a President. By George the more I think of it I don't think a more brillant Idea has ever made print!

    October 16, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Jim, San Antonio, TX

    If anyone REALLY wants to know what the Shrubbies are about, just do some research on their grandfather. Prescott. There the path to truth starts. And if anyone does look into him, ask yourself...How come no one has ever mentioned this before? Oh ya. Read up on where the Herbert and Herbert Walker parts of their names come from. Some very interesting family history. If you like horror stories.

    October 16, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Linda, Chandler, AZ

    So, apparently, Carville is all for the Monarcy idea. Great...he can be court jester.

    October 16, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Leonard Holcum Boise, Idaho

    I don't care for Hillary but she would win in the biggest landslide in history if she runs against Jeb Bush.

    October 16, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Robert Wooller Bradford England

    Obviously Clinton will win. With Dubya's poll numbers as low as ever, will American's really trust another Bush running the country? I don't think so.

    October 16, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. James, Chicago, IL

    Jeb Bush? Are you serious? Bush the Lesser vs. Clinton the Lesser. There isn't much to choose from with those two...both are riding on coattails. If Clinton vs. Bush winds up being the ticket, voters will turn out in record numbers (either high or low, but record numbers). And if Bush wins, Canada will see a record population growth. Just remember: The lesser of two evils is still evil.

    October 16, 2007 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. steve, dallas, tx

    Why would he want the job? After all, look at all the whiners that blamed his brother for Katrina! Let a socialist/communist Clinton have it for 4 years and this country will be begging for him to run!

    October 16, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Patrick, Tallahassee, Florida

    Why don't you ask Florida what we think of Jeb! We didn't want him after he stole the last election, and we don't want him now!

    October 16, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    You think "Punchy" forgot to take a look at the latest polls showing Giuliani and Clinton virtually tied in national polling?

    Let's see here, Giuliani is running neck and neck with Clinton at a time the Democratic candidate should be WAY ahead (Iraq, Healthcare) and "Punchy" thinks that another Bush is going to swoop in and take over the Republican nomination.


    Anyone else notice that everytime the Democratic strategists talk about the Republican race they never give Giuliani ANY chance? Seems fairly obvious to me that they are VERY concerned about running against Rudy in the general and are trying to do anything they can to try and poison potential moderate Republicans and Independents against voting for Rudy.

    October 16, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    I want to know where Carville is getting the good stuff (to smoke)?

    After the 2000 election snafu in Florida how could anyone trust him? He promised his older sibling Florida and he made sure he got it (by hook or crook). And who could ever forget the Terry Shivao (God rest her soul) mess. Talk about pandering. Who wants to see that old battle ax, Barbara Bush grinning from ear-to-ear as another son pursues her dream of a Bush dynasty?

    Jeb would be better off pursuing retirement from politics. The republicans would be better off going back to their roots and shaking off the Christianists in their midst instead of trying to find the next Reagan.

    October 16, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. juan El Paso TX

    Bush couldn't win– he needs a brother who can creatively give him a swing state. No more Bush governors = no more Bush Presidents.

    October 16, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. Joan Nicholson

    Dear God, save us from another Bush. The country can't survive another Republican Administration. If that were to happen, I'd have to pack my kit and head out yonder.

    October 16, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. Ryan Indianapolis

    I love how all these morons on this blogg is saying who would vote for BUSH,,blah blah blah, GW is blah blah,,when he got the most votes in american history in 2004,,,YOu whiny lil babies need to stop sounding like a 4yr old that lost your toy. GW is the man.

    October 16, 2007 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    NOT gonna happen. Carville has planted the seed to distract Republicans. Beware!

    October 16, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. Julie, Houston, TX

    Only problem is...his last name is BUSH No thanks, no way, no how. Enough incompetence – enough of the Bush family. Hey Jeb, btw, thank your doofus brother for ruining your political aspirations.

    October 16, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. AN OKIE, Oklahoma City, OK

    Have you lost your freakin mind? Another Bush in the White House when the one there now should be Impeached?

    HILARY WILL BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT...I for one will be glad to see the Clintons back in D.C.

    October 16, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  25. Bebo, Atlanta, GA

    This would be awesome: a Catholic President.

    October 16, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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