October 22nd, 2010
04:31 PM ET
12 years ago

Jeb Bush says 'you betcha' about Palin

(CNN) - Former Florida Republican Governor, Jeb Bush said Friday he isn't running for president, but would support Sarah Palin if she were to run.

In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King Friday, Bush - whose brother and father are former presidents - said he'd support former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin if she were the Republican presidential nominee in 2012.

"You betcha," Bush said in an interview set to air on CNN's John King, USA at 7 p.m. ET Friday.

And what kind of Republican does he think would make a good 2012 candidate?

"Big and bold and aspirational that has a positive agenda that will compare, I think favorably to that of the president," Bush said. "We can't just be against the president's proposals, we have to offer up compelling alternatives."

He also weighed in on the current race for governor in Florida, saying there has been a lot of "throwing mud back and forth," but not enough talk about specific issues.

"The election, up until now, has been… a lot of negative things and not trying to lift our spirits as a state," Bush said. "There's a cloud over Florida right now, as it is over the country so being specific about what you want to do, I think will be a good thing."

John King will moderate the Florida gubernatorial debate Monday night at 7 p.m. ET.

Filed under: 2010 • Jeb Bush • John King • John King USA • Sarah Palin • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Anthony

    Jeb is a party republican.

    He would vote for anyone nominated by the party- it's a loaded question. Democrat party officers would vote for her too if she was a dem.

    Get over your faux outrage people. Neither democrats or republicans are above the rhetoric and partisan motives.

    October 22, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. clint

    Jeb is clearly more stupid than george w.

    October 22, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  3. Rob Rice

    He doesn't look very happy, probably suffers, like his Dad, from an overwhelming guilty conscience regarding the things he's been involved with.. another "person of the lie", Jeb Bush.

    October 22, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. ron

    He probably thinks his brother was a great President too.

    October 22, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. Grundoon

    @ Jeff in Alabama and @German Irish American. Comments such as your demonstrate complete slavery to ideology and bear no resemblance to truth or reality. Only brain washed pin heads that don't know anything about government believe such absolute nonsense. It is painfully obvious you do not seek out any information for yourself and get it straight from the talking heads. Our President is a constitutional scholar from one of the most prestigious universities in the country, perhaps the world, and YOU call him stupid!?!

    October 22, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. DrAlano

    Good news. No more Bush! Maybe Karl Rove can be the VP for Palin.

    October 22, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  7. Deb

    OMG...and I thought that GW was an idiot. Obviously, morons run in the family. Honestly, I hope Palin does run for President in 2012. It ensures 4 more years of a democrat in the White House.

    October 22, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  8. Theo

    Jeb holds the Republican Party above his loyalty to our country. He understands that politics is business and that's what this whole thing is all about...making money. Palin, Jindal, O'Donnell. It doesn't matter as long as they let corporations do whatever they want so they can keep the soft money flowing.

    October 22, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. Indy

    Jeff in Alabama,
    The terrorists would absolutley love Sarah Palin to become President so they could fully take over the country. I have never met one educated person in the past two years that thought Sarah Palin was anywhere close to having what it takes to be in any high power position. In case you are not aware she was only a showcase Governor in Alaska for her entire half term, big decisions were not made by her and she only signed what she was told to sign by her husband and other advisors. She was and still is a fraud

    October 22, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. Tom

    Jeff, Alabama,, Why would Jeb support someone less educated than himself. One has to wonder.why any self respecting republican would support Palin. Nobody should ever want the next door lady running the greatest Country on earth. What is Jeb hiding from? Or do they want to use Palin like the did "W"?

    October 22, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  11. kara

    If the republicans are specific about what they want to do in office, they'll end up in jail.

    October 22, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. DonBeal

    Sarah Palin for President? I'm sure some of our Presidents have been somewhat less than genius, but Palin? How low can we sink?

    October 22, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. Indy

    German, Irish American,
    It is easy to tell that you like Palin because every single thing you said is 100% lies !! You have not one truth in your comments and your outright lies would make satan and Sarah Palin proud

    October 22, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. George of the jungle

    I have a friend in Canada and one in england who think we americans are just crazy. with all the looney tunes running for office. They can't believe that people are supporting these idiots and here comes ol Jeb. golly golly. Now we know for sure both bush boys where dropped on their heads as babies. Vote the repos out or go get your brooms and cauldrens ready.

    October 22, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  15. qvt

    Bush's families are PERFECTLY family...STUPID people whom said BAD about his family. Your need to do more homework...

    October 22, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. they call me "tater salad"

    Just another election rigging GOP scum-bag........Nothing more, nothing less.

    October 22, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. Patrick from Minnesota

    Let's be honest, the first Bush kinda sucked. The second one was absolutely revolting. I can't even imagine what a third one would be like. I think this country has had enough of the Bush family. At least the former two are taking it easy.

    October 22, 2010 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  18. john

    I guess the American people forget 2000-2008 if they vote for the Republican who don't have any chromosome.

    October 23, 2010 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  19. Marilyn G

    I don't think any of the Republican "big-wigs" really support Sarah Palin for president. They are just afraid of her big mouth. She might "ruin" their images. What a bunch of wimps......

    October 23, 2010 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  20. Jon

    Sigh... hey, Republicans. I don't care who you run for President. Could you just choose someone... you know... competent?

    October 23, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  21. DfromthePeg

    C'mon. Another Bush? Seriously? What next, Jenna Bush? Hey, maybe in 20 years we'll have Jenna Bush run against Chelsea Clinton or maybe Bristol Palin running against Malia Obama or something. I don't know, it's 12:30 a.m. by the time I post this and I am freakin tired.

    October 23, 2010 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  22. Paul

    Maybe Cock Cheney will run

    October 23, 2010 02:16 am at 2:16 am |

    Jeb falling in with the Tea Bagger nut jobs? So much for Jeb.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    October 23, 2010 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  24. Cherie

    How embarrassing for our country to see any of it's citizens support Palin. 20% of our country is certifiable I guess. To support the backwards, fear-mongering sound bytes that Sarah the quitter, and the rest of her merry GOP clan constantly spew is unbelievable at best. There have been zero solutions from this idiot; she's nothing but a glorified cheerleader for the ignorant.

    October 23, 2010 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  25. NameMitros

    He wants her to run because he knows she can't win. He wants to run on 2016.

    October 23, 2010 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
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