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. Michael AZ

    If Jeb Bush is elected, I am moving to a country with smarter dictators.

    October 16, 2007 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. Milo Janus, Dunellen, NJ

    If Fred Thompson was from Florida, he probably still wouldn't know anything about drilling off the coast or Teri Shaivo.

    October 16, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  3. Derek, Denton, TX

    Wow. That would totally blow.
    People have already said it here but I will reiterate it:
    The world already things the U.S. is filled with idiots voting for idiots. Can we at *least* try to break that stereotype?

    October 16, 2007 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. Rodney Dallas TX

    America would NEVER have another Bush in office. Two is enough. After Hillary, two will be enough of the Clintons.

    October 16, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. Seam, Philly, Pa

    At the current rate this country is headed, Jibber Jeb will be President right after Shillary. Maybe Chelsea will make a run against the Bush- wacker daughters.

    October 16, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Chris Hassel

    We are, for the first time in our history, standing on the precipice of becoming a default-monarchy, with dual royal houses: Bush and Clinton. What a sad, sad state of affairs that the Democratic party seems ready to coronate Hillary Clinton and at least certain pundits think the Republicans will do the same with Jeb Bush. (Even the Adams presidents were decades apart insofar as their White House terms were concerned; the Roosevelts were also decades apart, represented different parties, and were not father and son.) This of course suggests that we as a nation have run out of ideas, creativity of thought, and innovation of spirit...so we fall back on the old formulas, which we insist on viewing through a golden mist. Let me tell you–neither family is all that "golden." This situation is pathetic, absolutely pathetic.

    October 16, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  7. North Carolina

    I am assuming that this article was posted strictly for comical reasons. LOL! You've got to be kidding right? GO HILLARY IN 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. Sue Rankin, Lynnwood, WA

    We do not need another Bush in the White house.....our country is already a mess because of this Family. High gas prices, food, rent, and God knows what else. I remember when people could live in America and not stress about money but since the Bush's have been in office things are worse. We are in a needless war and oil prices have jumped. When we went to war we opened a pandoras box...instead of the Administration worrying about Mexicans they should wonder on how many terrorist cells already live in this country. Thats what scares me. Jeb Bush in office....I hope not otherwise we will whind up in a revolution here..and for all those people who like the Bush's you need to get your heads out of the sand and think of America not the money you can make.

    October 16, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. a.thomas, new york, ny

    James Carville has disclosed that he supports hillary, but he is not on her payroll.

    Another reason that Hillary has not hired him possibly because Carville married a republican consultant. Carville is married to Republican political consultant Mary Matalin, who had worked for President George H.W. Bush on his 1992 election campaign. Carville and Matalin were married in New Orleans on Yom Kippur, 1993.

    Carville also has recently mentioned that he believes that Al Gore, whom he helped put in the White House as Vice President in 2008. This tells how unreliable his prediction is about Jeb Bush.

    October 16, 2007 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  10. Max Yoko, Laguna Niguel CA

    ohmygod!!! We need another Bush like we need another Iraq war.

    October 16, 2007 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Veronica Bloom, Jacksonville, FL

    If Jeb runs in 2016, then Chelsea would have to run... and oh my god! The perfect oligarchy!!!

    October 16, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |

    Are you serious???? Who would be stupid enough to want another member of the Bush family of criminals? Remember Jeb's involvement in the Savings & Loan scandal? How about great grandpa's support of the NAZIS through his bank during WWII. And Pres.Bush 1 & 2 trying to disolve the USA into a North American Union. This family is a digrace!

    October 16, 2007 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. sean metamora,IL

    republicans would gain alot of ground if they stopped billing themselves as the redneck party....I would vote republican if i ever saw an actual conservative.
    not a big government big spending but golly i love jesus and nascar conservative.....watch out for terrorists don't look at our record republicans are killing the party.
    We don't need another bush to increase government spending and increase the size of government, that's what democrats are for.

    October 16, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  14. lowerpericles

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

    October 16, 2007 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    True conservative, yeah right!!! The only true conservative is RON PAUL. Power back to the states, no income taxes, and no meddling in other countries.

    October 16, 2007 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  16. Shawn in Zillah, WA

    If Jeb is the nominee, there will definately be a Democrat in the White House! Yee – Haw!

    October 16, 2007 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  17. Traci, West Palm Beach, FL

    NO WAY!!!! He ruined Florida's school system and countless other things. Wasn't he responsible for the FCAT? I will be forced to move to another country if we have another Bush in office.

    October 16, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  18. Henry Miller, Baltimore

    "Someone the party can rally around," yes, but not the people. Washington is not about the people anymore, it's about 2 gangs and they both want to get paid! Besides, isn't Carville a democrat? It's like he's saying, if we can't have Hillary then another Bush would be just as good. Rupert Murdoch appears to think so....

    October 16, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If Jeb wants to run, I suggest he run on the jogging path. Americans will not forget the name "Bush", WMD's,Iraq and the many brave young military men and women who have been killed, suffering from TBI and many other injuries as a result of Bush's war. Let Americans vote NO to Jeb for all the deceased soldiers and their love ones. They have suffered enough without another Bush in the White House as a constant reminder.

    October 16, 2007 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  20. Mike, NY

    Bwahahahaha, sure.

    October 16, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  21. Moe, NY

    Jeb Bush would not have a snowballs chance in hell of becoming President of the United States...get real! After almost 8 years of the corruption and lies of the Bush administration does the GOP think Americans are going to continue this madness? Typical republican arrogance. Obviously, the republicans still don't get it...American citizens have had enough. Just the thought of another Bush in the White House is revolting!

    October 16, 2007 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. 2012 444 milwaukee, wi

    It would be for only one reason; clean up his family name.

    October 16, 2007 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  23. thomas, new york, ny

    It appears that CNN has deleted my previous posting. Here again:

    Carville has disclosed that he supports hillary, but he is not on her payroll.

    BTW, he also said Al Gore would be a candidate to the 2008 election too. So much for his prediction accuracy.

    October 16, 2007 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  24. Zach, St. Louis, MO

    Sometimes it is hard to tell what forces influence Carville's crystal ball, but in this instance, he could be absolutely correct. Guliani and Romney can't seem to retreat fast enough from heretofore thoughtful positions on social issues. Thompson's numbers are in freefall after a couple weeks. McCain is tiresome and irrelevant. Brownback? Huckabee? Ha ha. Jeb's a Phi Beta Kappa guy. Really, he is.

    The born agains will be thrilled to have one of their own in the race. They will work feverishly to turn out the vote, which could be the difference in a close election. Think about that. At least another four years of fundamentalist driven policies. I am not Hillary's biggest fan – she can be abrasive and has difficulty compromising on many issues. I'd crawl on broken glass to vote for her against Jeb, though.

    October 16, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  25. steve EVfuture

    Here's a reason why it is absurd to watch CNN (or any television media):

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

    Confederacy of Dunces

    October 16, 2007 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
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