January 4th, 2009
04:16 PM ET
11 years ago

Bush 41: Now probably a ‘bad time’ for Jeb to run for W.H.

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - His son hasn’t left the White House yet, but former president George H. W. Bush is already thinking about the next Bush who might one day move in. The elder Bush says his oldest son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has all the qualities necessary to occupy the Oval Office.

“I’d like to see him run, I’d like to see him be president some day,” the nation’s 41st chief executive declared on “Fox News Sunday.” He is “as qualified and as able as anyone I know in the political scene."

However, the senior Bush acknowledged, “Right now is probably a bad time, because we've got enough Bushes in there.”

In the meantime, the former president suggested his son would make an “outstanding senator” because Jeb “really has a feel for people, the issues in Florida and nationally, and his political days ought not to be over, says his old father.”

The current President Bush agrees, openly saying he would like to see his brother run for the Florida Senate seat, replacing outgoing Republican incumbent Mel Martinez in 2010.

soundoff (244 Responses)
  1. bhagyam

    Yes, Yes, Yes....this is not the right time for JEB BUSH to run for office..You know why? The country is in recession. Come on guys, We Democrats have to work hard and when the country has a budget surplus, Jeb should run, WIN and RUIN the country...for the Democrats to repair the economy......is that not what the Republicans do EVERY TIME...FROM REAGAN to "W".....

    I am being sarcastic because I have not seen one Republican who has actually done something good for the country....

    January 4, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. The Croc SoSama

    President Palin and Vice President Bush 2012!!

    January 4, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. Brian

    I hope Jeb runs for office and (like Palin), gets clobbered by Obama in 2012.

    There is no way in hell that any true American would vote for another Bush for any office - period!

    The Bush legacy that destroyed the U.S. economy shall never be allowed the privilege ever again.

    January 4, 2009 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. Chris from Florida

    Anyone but Jeb Bush. His "tax cuts for the rich" political platform is the reason I am unemployed and the reason my nine year-old son can't get the help he needs and is entitled to under federal education laws. He put this state in such a bad position that schools can barely keep the lights on.

    January 4, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  5. Robin

    Oh GOD how many of them ARE THERE????? Please, southern neighbours, if the name BUSH hits another ballot box ... check the OTHER GUY!!!

    January 4, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. francine, Quebec

    I read somewhere that George was considered the brighter of the two. God help us if there is another Bush in the WhiteHouse!!

    January 4, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  7. Zeke

    Is he kidding? Someone please help us!! Do not allow this crime to happen..

    January 4, 2009 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  8. Ken

    Absolutely, too many bushes already! This country cannot stand more busch!

    January 4, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. A Canuck

    PULEEEZE.........NO MORE BUSHES !!!!!!!!

    January 4, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  10. Basani

    Looking at the comments, I was ashamed to see that even in America, people discriminate and judge people not on that person’s collective merits, accomplishments or demerits; but on the family from which he hails from. Funny how it is almost blasphemous to suggest that president-elect Obama’s father was a drunkard and a polygamist; and therefore imply that Obama is not fit for presidency. I certainly agree that Obama should be judged by his own merits and not by the actions of his father.

    On the same note, Jeb Bush also must also be treated the same way. He certainly has many notable achievements in Florida where he is Governor.

    Jeb Bush’s most significant accomplishments and legacy are clearly his advancements in the state’s public education. Jeb made education reform a defining theme and introduced the “A+ Plan” to achieve consistent standardized testing across all schools, eliminate social promotion programs and implement a system of funding public schools based on a comparative grading system. Bush also championed school vouchers and charter schools in districts where public schools failed the students.

    January 4, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. PA Dem


    January 4, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  12. DG

    I hope nobody is holding their breath waiting for another Bush in the Whitehouse because it won't happen. Jeb Bush came across looking ok in Florida because every time it rained George ran down there with millions of dollars in his hands. He certainly didn't treat any other Governor that way regardless of the disaster. I am 74 years old and I firmly believe George Bush is the worst President I have seen in my lifetime. He and his Republican Administration are definitely responsible for the mess our great country is in today. You folks can deny this until the cows come home but you know in your hearts it is the truth. Selling off our country a piece at a time to the highest bidder and starting a senseless war is just terrible. I'm happy he is leaving Washington.. He is heading to my hometown though. Oh well he has to go somewhere I guess.

    January 4, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  13. Bill

    How about his wife, his other sons, his daughter, his dog....? Enough is enough. The Bush clan is not a royal dynasty in this country. They are generally a bunch of greedy, self-serving hacks. Just go away!

    January 4, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |

    uh....is he on crack?

    anyone with the last name "bush" stands no chance

    you don't see any hoover's running for president do you?

    January 4, 2009 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  15. Tony in Maine


    No more Bushes. Ever.

    January 4, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. Who was Michael Connell?

    Lets ask Jeb what happened to his good friend,Michael Connell.

    January 4, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  17. JIM IN PA


    January 4, 2009 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  18. Florida

    Jeb Bush would NOT make a good senator. His known arrogance with unconstitutional disregard for the rule of law (Schiavo) belongs nowhere near the US Senate.

    i NO mas Bushes !

    January 4, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  19. Florida

    With all due respect, Jeb's FCAT cycle has not helped FL's education system out of the lowest ratings in the country.

    Jeb's religious vouchers were ruled unconstitutional, yet he continued to pursue an above-the-law approach with it. No thanks.

    January 4, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
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