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. Ed, Dallas, TX

    No More Bushes! Just image what further damage another Bush could and would do. Let the American dynasty error DIE FOREVER!

    January, 2009 the end of an error. – THE WORST error in American History!

    Jeb Bush Jr 2016 (I think America is now smarter than that after 7 years of Dubya – or at least I pray to God they learned something).

    I've to believe most of the American public has finally learned their lesson with Dumb (Daddy Bush Sr.) and now Dumber (Dubya). Enough is enough.

    October 18, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. L Crowe Norcross Ga

    Ha! What a joke! The gay son of part of the Bush Crime Family(didn't Jeb Bush declare martial law in Florida Sept 10,2001? For what?) endorses a cross-dressing freak running for president.Good one.

    October 18, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Doug, New Jersey

    "My mistake, he's the one who got caught having sex in a mall parking lot at age 16. So much for abstinence only."

    And I'm sure you have a link where he has proclaimed that he supports abstinence. Being on the left, you would never prejudge an individual and draw conclusions about them based on race, sex, or religion right?

    "It's George P that's the stalker, and of course their sister Noelle who is the convicted drug addict."

    Yeah, Noelle is such a horrible person and a failure, she should definitely consult with Al Gore's son on how to live the straight and narrow lifestyle.

    As for that Obama rally in Boston, will someone please make sure that the good bloated Senator is not going to be Barak's personal driver?

    Being that this is a rally in the P.R.O.M, are sure you didn’t make a spelling mistake on who the rally is for, maybe mistaking a B when you should have typed an S?

    October 18, 2007 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Jesse Holmes, Boise, ID

    Um, why should we care? What role does Jeb Bush Jr. play in American politics that's worth noting?

    October 18, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    Is Jeb Jr. as dumb as his chimpanzee of an uncle?

    October 18, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Someone, someplace, sometime

    "Giuliani is moderate on social views, that's all I ask for to vote Republican over Clinton.
    Posted By Ron, TX : October 18, 2007 12:19 pm "

    I think that's halarious, why are Americans so anti-social? No wonder the rest of the world doesn't like you! You don't like any one else!

    October 18, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. JD

    hey Ron from TX.... did it ever occur to you that whoever you plan to vote for, Texas is still going to a RED state?? Do you really think your vote would count in the state where Bush lives?

    October 18, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. BushCon

    Why do people forget so easily about Jeb Bush tampering with the Florida ballot, Marvin Bush the CEO of the security firm for the World Trade Center at the time of 9/11, Prescott Bush's Nazi profiteering, George Bush and the Bin Laden family connections (there's no other family in the US that is as close to the Bin Ladens)?

    The Bush family should be in prison not in the White House! Come on people wake the hell up!

    And why does Jeb Bush Jr look arabic?

    PS – Look up "Bush Family Values" on Google video for more info.

    October 18, 2007 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    Giuliani is a phony! he is an extremist and will definetely go to war with Iran, run up the deficit to a level never seen before (cause we need the military right), cut taxes for the wealthy and cut all social services this country ever had... so poverty will finally go through the roof, violence will rise and world war III will be closer than ever before, because Russia will join Iran in the end... if you don't believe me go to his web-site he says that much himself... how's that for a moderate.

    October 18, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. monica, rochester new yoirk

    Maria of Houston. AMEN!!

    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 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Kevin, Tampa, FL

    Is that worse than the actual President getting oral sex underneath his desk in the oval office? I think not...Don't throw stones when it comes to moral issues if you are in love with the Clinton's...

    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.

    Posted By Jim L, Boston, MA : October 18, 2007 1:55 pm

    October 18, 2007 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Lou Dobbs, Plano TX

    Who is Larry Craig throwing his support around? We all know it's going to be a man, and thus not Hillary! Republicans have no morals.

    October 18, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. r sisk, nevada

    If I was related to that dork of a President, I would change my name and keep a low profile.

    On a positive note, the more Bush's that publicly endorse Guiliani, the more votes against him.

    Go Hillary!

    October 18, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. laurinda,ny

    I wonder if Jeb Bush Jr. knows that his dimwit uncle was talking about having WW111 this morning because he is setting this whole situation up in the middle east so that he can play "commander in chief".

    October 18, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Richard Orlando, FL

    The Bush-Giuliani connection—imagine that. They’re one in the same, my friends.

    And to Jeb's point about leadership, Rudy's positions on the Libby commutation, no-show for the Iraq Study Group, putting the communication center in one of the Trade Center buildings after the first attack, and his lack of foreign policy experience are not the "leadership” qualities we need in our next president. In addition, Rudy’s divisive stances are not what most rational people would consider “moderate”. Moderates try to bring people together for the common good, not continuing to divide us against each other for political gain.

    Jeb should realize his support here reveals what most of us already know—a vote for Giuliani is a continuum of the Bush doctrine of nonsense. Enough is enough.

    October 18, 2007 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. Alexander Deston, New York, NY

    "Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do." - Rudy Giuliani

    If that's not Orwellian enough to give you the creeps, I hope you at least vote Democrat. As for me - RON PAUL 2008.

    October 18, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. dukesjames griffin georgia.

    is this the bush kid who is a navy intelligence officer or who was or is a navy reservist who is a intelligence officer trainee or operative. so like his uncle he shows up to help to run a political campaign–so why show his likeness; people like me who have gone through hell for the last seven years do not want to know what this kid looks like because like his uncle he aint worth it. I listen-today why even have a attorney general at this time leave ths post open what could it hurt? now I know that congress and the courts are with bush; some of us will be dead by next november. most of the people who have helped the democrats hace been cast to the wolves of satan; to the rest of you; WANT YA COUNTRY BACK THEN VOTE FOR THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE ONLY ONE PASS-PORT-VOTE FOR THE AMERICAN. then pray that it works.

    October 18, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    Am I the only person that thinks this kid looks an awful lot like Borat??

    October 18, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Sean H. in League City, TX

    I agree with RSISK from Nevada. It only costs about $150 to change your last name. Surely the silver spooned Bushes of Maine can do this much for this poor offspring. And you "BUSH FALLOUTS"....keep honoring Guilli...all the way back to retirement in NY. Say what you want about Hil...have the guts to realize she is the best of the two.

    October 18, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Jon, Pittsburgh, PA

    To Ron in TX – you are NOT a devout Democrat if you would even consider voting for Rudy. I don't recall DC being deadlocked when Bill Clinton was in office. Seems he and Newt worked pretty well together behind the scenes. Balanced budget (only time in my 42 years), tough crime bill, major welfare reform, etc. I also have disagreements with some of the results of Bill's 2 terms, NAFTA and other free trade agreements particularly but, not a bad run overall.

    I don't expect I'll be 100% in agreement with Hillary either but, she's head and shoulders above Rudy.

    October 18, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Coach Haughton NH

    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of Bush-Clinton...

    October 18, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Brad, Stockton, CA

    Who cares what another Bush thinks? Is his opinion any more important or valid than that of Paris Hilton? Between the Kennedys, Bushes and Clintons, shouldn't Americans be getting tired of political dynasties by now?

    October 18, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. Democracy

    Please .... No more Bushes or Clintons. Enough is Enough

    October 18, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Ethan, Los Angeles, CA

    Supporting Giuliani means you also support the North American Union – a plan to merge Canada and Mexico with the US. Giuliani is tied directly to this merger and will keep the war going. Look it up! If Jeb Jr. wants to really support Giuliani why doesn't he go sign up for the military. I hear war mongers love depleted uranium children!


    October 18, 2007 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. Samantha Knight somewherin, NJ

    I totally agree with Jesse–just becuase some 23 year old says he supports a candidate we're all suppose to jump aboard with Guiliani?! anyone who would follow someone with the last name of Bush is plain stupid.
    Forget all the Republicans and Clinton...Vote Obama!

    October 18, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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