April 24th, 2008
01:55 PM ET
15 years ago

Jenna Bush may not back McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/24/art.lkl.cnn.jpg caption="Laura Bush and daughter Jenna appeared on CNN's Larry King Live Thursday."]
(CNN) - President Bush was quick to endorse John McCain when the Arizona senator wrapped up his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

But another Bush might not be so sure.

Speaking with CNN's Larry King Wednesday night, Jenna Bush said she hasn't decided yet who she will vote for in November.

"I don't know," Jenna Bush, daughter of President and Mrs. Bush, said when asked if she will back McCain.

"Of course [I am open]. I mean, who isn't open to learning about the candidates and I'm sure that everybody's like that," she added.

Though the younger Bush conceded she has "been too busy with books to really pay that much attention."

Meanwhile, mother Laura Bush was quick to affirm that she will be voting for the Republican candidate in the fall.

The two appeared on the show to discuss Jenna Bush's upcoming wedding next month.

"[It will be] outdoors, very small wedding, you 'know, very small, all relatives, our families, really, kind of big," Jenna Bush said. “So it's half-family and then half very close friends."

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soundoff (388 Responses)
  1. Tee-off in CA

    I think Mom was a little shocked when she said that. Well why wouldn't she be at least open to supporting Obama. Most of us want change and he is the only one that we'll get it from. I do believe he is the most honest, even though we disagree on several issues.

    April 24, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |

    It's nice to see that THIS President's daughter has a mind of her own. She's an intelligent sensible girl..........wish I could say as much for her father

    April 24, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Dawn

    so what......

    April 24, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Greg

    Jenna and Laura Bush were actually on Larry King to promote the children's book they co-authored, not to simply discuss Jenna's wedding. Also, the fact that Jenna is not a full-blown McCain supporter at this point doesn't by default make her an Obama supporter, as all the drunk-on-Obama fanatics would hope.

    April 24, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Greg

    Jenna Bush is the perfect advertisement for "Reading is Fundamental." The absence of reading in her father's daily routine has shown itself to be detrimental to his performance as president. It is very nice to learn that Jenna is busy with books and has developed a mind of her own through the acquisition of knowledge. Maybe she'll make a better president than her father.

    April 24, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Rasmus

    There are many other possibilities–rather than Democrat and Republican. She may vote Libertarian, Write-In, or other candidates that will eventually appear on the ballot.

    Considering the incredibly poor options we have representing both major parties—this option has crossed my mind once or twice."

    Yep, we in Germany have 2 major parties at about 40/30% (conservatives/social democrats) and 3 minor parties at 8-15% (Green Party, Liberal Party and Socialists).
    You have more choices and there are more possibilities for coalitions, but it´s also harder to get a majority.

    April 24, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Key West Sun

    Only Obamaians would think that this story had merit, they think all young people are ignorant and guidable enough to vote for Obama. The Obama campaign has spent so much time at schools in the primary states recruiting and getting students to vote for him.
    This is great to get the youth involved, if they know the issues and what they are voting for. But if you look at some schools they are offering concert tickets if you sign up and vote for Obama “Hey Dude Vote For Obama He Is Giving Away Tickets To The Concert”.
    Sad truth is that most Obama voters don’t know what he stands for or what he really believes. They are just looking for what he can do for me. Without the racist vote and youth “only the one that don’t know why they are voting” vote he would not be able to get over 25 to 30% in most of the states.

    April 24, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Robert, Los Angeles California

    Hmmm, maybe there is a Bush with a brain that can actually think for herself and see the world for how it really is.

    April 24, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Tom Hyannis MA

    Who really cares who Jenna Bush supports. She belongs to the same pact that is ruining this country and she should be ashamed for what her father has done to the US and the world

    April 24, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. B.NYC


    April 24, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Jean

    You mean Jenna actually HAS a brain – unlike her father?

    April 24, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Ian

    Good to hear. I bet she's going to vote for Ron Paul. ; )

    April 24, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |


    April 24, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. ShannonL

    Jenna has her dad's IQ. Thankfully, little Laura got her mom's...which makes her the smarter twin.

    April 24, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Chris

    She's talk's just as stupid as her daddy.

    April 24, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. clarence virginia beach va

    I too applaud the younger Bush, someone with some brains .

    April 24, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Antoinette

    What does she have on?

    I sware she looks like trailor trash

    April 24, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. we ARE bitter!!!!!

    oh yea...defenitely gonna vote for Obama.

    April 24, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. Marshall

    She is an adult and can make up her own mind. How is this news?

    April 24, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. Noah

    I think it's entirely possible she doesn't know McCain is the only Republican left...

    April 24, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. mitch from ark.

    she's smarter than her dad.

    April 24, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |

    She's an Obama supporter...she just can't tell Daddy...

    April 24, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Larry

    It's a very small wedding. No, wait, it's really kind of a large wedding.

    April 24, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. WhosehadEnough

    You've got to be kidding me!! Jenna don't you want your children, Dubya's grandchildren, to be on the front lines when we invade IRAN?

    Right now we are in a war in Iraq that had nothing to do with the tragic event of 9/11......Come on Jenna.......Sen. McCain needs your support time to hit the campaign trail

    April 24, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. eddie

    Well we know that larry sinclair sure backed obama

    April 24, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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