October 18th, 2007
11:00 AM ET
15 years ago

A Bush for Giuliani

Jeb Bush, Jr. is backing Giuliani. But who will his father support?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As his uncle heads into the final stretch of his presidency, Jeb Bush, Jr. decided Thursday to throw his support behind former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s run for the White House.

“As someone who grew up around politics and candidates, I know that Rudy has the leadership qualities and unmatched experience to be the next President of the United States,” Bush said in a statement. “I’m honored to join his campaign and look forward to working with the many young professionals throughout Florida supporting the Mayor.”

Bush will join the campaign as the Chairman of Florida Young Professionals, and work to build up grassroots support among young people across the state.

Bush is the youngest son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who many thought would run for president. Democratic strategist James Carville predicted earlier this week that the former governor would jump into the race and eventually win the Republican nomination.

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Steve Wittlake Blaine Washington

    After 12 years of Bushs nobody is going to vote for either 4 or 8 years for another Bush. Cannot today believe I was stupid engough to vote for Bush Sr and his son twice. Kicking myself every day in the butt for being so stupid.

    October 18, 2007 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. RIghtyTighty

    Jeb Bush Jr 2016
    Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush

    Let the American dynasty continue..

    October 18, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. pat lambert

    that otta help a lot!

    October 18, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. RH, Brooklyn, NY

    This is a powerful endorsement, as it comes from a member of a family known for its wise political judgment and long history of political sacrifice for the hardworking people of America.

    October 18, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. laurinda,ny

    Well there goes a drop in Rudy's poll numbers!

    October 18, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Ron, TX

    Jeb is the moderate black sheep of the family. I'm a devout democrat, and I'll very willing vote for Giuliani over Clinton if the democrats are stupid enough to give that partisan divider the nomination. What we -don't- need is another 4-8 years of Washington deadlocked in partisan feuding, and make no mistake about it, no Republican will ever make ANY concessions to Clinton. Giuliani is moderate on social views, that's all I ask for to vote Republican over Clinton.

    October 18, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. CG Austin, TX

    Jeb Bush, Jr, eh?

    He's got a lot of experience around drugs too. After all, his uncle the president has had issues with drugs, his older sister has been in and out of rehab numerous times....

    October 18, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. trent porter, tx

    for a guy with crook-family connections, bush's endorsement can only hurt giuliani. guiliani is a fear mongering fool.

    October 18, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Jon bon jove Miami,Florida

    We the People have what we want.

    Think and go to poll and vote. I am tire of reading the same thing date and date, and date. VOTE if you want respect.

    October 18, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. RIghtyTighty

    Jeb Bush Jr 2016
    Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush

    Let the American dynasty continue..

    October 18, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Daniel

    Combine this with Governor Perry's endorsement of Rudy, and it seems the Bush clan is going for Giuliani?

    October 18, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Scott, Washington, DC

    Stopping the Bush, Clinton dynastys should be on everyone's minds at this point. They both need to be stopped.

    October 18, 2007 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. Sue in Michigan

    "Rudy has the leadership qualities..." sounds like he has the same stellar qualities of Jeb's dad and uncle. Is THAT really what we want again?

    October 18, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Dee, NY, NY

    Steve from Washignton:
    Refreshing to see a Bush supporter admit their mistake and honestly wish for a better future. Well done, Sir! But don't be too hard on youreslf...Bush duped a lot of people and I believe your heart was in the right place.

    October 18, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  15. my911call, Wilmington, NC

    James Carville's prediction makes no sense at all. The country is so anti-Bush right now that his statements is just wierd.
    James: Get a grip!

    October 18, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. rudy? nah miami fl

    Can someone please say what does Jeb or Mitt mean in real translated names?
    And, I do not understand, why support someone who is a loser and an opportunist?

    October 18, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. sister marie paul minnesota, usa

    Dear Mr. Blaine-
    Don't kick yourself. It takes a real man to admit a mistake. It takes a great man to learn from one.
    God Bless you.

    "After 12 years of Bushs nobody is going to vote for either 4 or 8 years for another Bush. Cannot today believe I was stupid engough to vote for Bush Sr and his son twice. Kicking myself every day in the butt for being so stupid."

    Posted By Steve Wittlake Blaine Washington

    October 18, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Pat, Salem VA

    Perhaps Nobel (1962) prize winner, Dr. James Watson can put his "brillance" to better use. Instead of making bizarre statements ("black people are less intelligent than whites"). perhaps he could concentrate on a study of the STUPID gene that appears to be pervasive within the Bush family.

    The election of Rudy as president would be an extension of the Bush (miserable) saga–New York style!

    October 18, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Maria, Houston

    ...and maybe Jeb Bush Jr. and Chelsea Clinton should have a royal wedding so we all can live happily ever after...!

    Barack Obama just raised one and half million in two days. MA Governor Deval Patrick is endorsing Obama and sending his 40,000 volunteers to campaign for him in NH. Big Obama rally in Boston next Tuesday. THAT'S NEWS, CNN.

    October 18, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    one thing about the "ragin cajun" – he sure likes to have fun

    October 18, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL

    I remember seeing his picture in the news last year. No, wait, that was a mug shot!

    October 18, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Jim L, Boston, MA

    Isn't this the guy who's a stalker? I guess Giuliani is getting the stalker vote now. That should help a lot.

    October 18, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. Jim L, Boston, MA

    My mistake, he's the one who got caught having sex in a mall parking lot at age 16. So much for abstinence only. It's George P that's the stalker, and of course their sister Noelle who is the convicted drug addict.

    October 18, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Mike Fort Washington, MD

    I believe he is the Anti-Christ. They saw he will be the great uniter and ultimately destroy the world. I'll give him 10 years.

    October 18, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. Tom, AlBUQUERQUE, NM

    Nobody really care what a Bush thinks. This family has run its course. They are now irrelevant . Passe.

    October 18, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
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