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. German,IrishAmerican

    Speaking of idiots, Obama makes Palin look like a genius. Obama wrong about the surge, Palin right, Obama wrong about the $800 billion stimulus bill creating 4 million jobs in the private sector in 2009 alone, Palin right, Obama wrong about the cost of healthcare, Palin right, Obama wrong about the idiotic cash for clunkers, Palin right, Obama seven weeks of deer in the headlights look and inactivity in the gulf oil spill, Palin within two days of spill, offering logical choices to take, including letting foreign countries with similar experiences help.

    October 22, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. rdepontb

    Add me to what looks like a long list of those surprised that this Bush was as'mart as that udder brudder. Sheesh, Barbara, shame on your side of the family for failing to tell you about those genes that skip a generation....Ouch.

    October 22, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Jonathan

    He'd support Palin ...? Duh, he's dumber than Dubya. And thus as dumb as Pailn.

    October 22, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. JR

    See, it does run in the family and you all thought George was the moron.

    October 22, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Fancy

    I am a Republican, and I wouldn't even vote for Sarah Palin. She is an outright idiot, and doesn't seem to have a political agenda at all; rather, simply a hankering for fame.

    October 22, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. AZ Dem

    Um....and this is news because??????

    October 22, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Joshua Ludd

    Well, of course... the Bush's LOVE unqualified failures and quitters. After all.. look at the record of war and economic disaster that both Bush presidencies caused. Hell, these monsters couldn't even keep from going to war with the same guy!

    Nothing says failure like a Bush, and nothing says Bush like a failure.

    October 22, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. Lynn

    This is not a Monarchy. We don't pass the rule to next of kin, so go away Jeb. Actually I think I'll run myself or maybe my kids, or maybe my neighbor, all of which are more or just as qualified..

    October 22, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @Dominican mama but with brains: If you had brains you'd come up with your own moniker not steal somene else's!

    @Marie in MD: Right there with you Marie all the way!

    @KRISTENN: I can tell you're FED UP with the ignorance. So am I. The right-wingers do not waste their time on facts when "spinning" is so much easier and irresponsible.

    We're going to slice our own wrists if the likes of Angle, Whitman, Brewer, O'Donnell et al get anywhere near a Senate seat. We'd rather hang on to our prejudice, and fear than work together to help bring our country back. It iss incomprehensible how the Right constantly talks about how we should not give anything to those that do not contribute to our society yet they are more than willing to reward their RethugliKKKlan reps in Congress with re-election; or worse, bring in MORE DO NOTHINGS TO JOIN THEM. This stopped being about left or right when we entered this "recession", it should've been about OUR COUNTRY. The right wing thought otherwise, and has sat on their hands for two years praying and hoping that Obama and the country crap out.

    Vote Democrat. Save our country.

    October 22, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. steven harnack

    That is because she is a figurehead for the PNAC, Project for a New American Century. These people advocate American military domination of the world and space by means of wars of choice in key global areas. They WERE the government when Bush was the figurehead. It's members, among others, incude Cheney, Rumsfeild, Wolfowitz(sp),Bolton. They are scary, they are real, and their people are in the military and State Dept. They will make Hitler seem like a boy scout. Check them out. To sum up, the person who founded the PNAC is Palin's main backer and you know that it's not because he thinks she is so smart.

    October 22, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. Kandlewick

    It's a well-established fact that people like Bush. It's also a well-established fact that once you've had a Bush you grow tired of it quickly and begin wondering about the other Bushes. So some go from Bush to Bush thinking it'll be better with the newest Bush, when in fact, all Bushes are basically the same. That may be why some choose to abandon Bush altogether and migrate another direction. Just ask Dick Cheney.

    October 22, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    I would like to apologized to Pres. George W. Bush ..... now I realized that the idiot of the Bush family is actually JEB BUSH!!! I mean come on .. with a name like JEB, I should have known better.

    October 22, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. Bette

    It's confirmed – being an absolute fool is a genetic marker in the Bush family.

    October 22, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Sean

    A loser supporting a loser. What a laugh.

    October 22, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. ShelInGa

    Until this moment, I entertained that Jeb would make a great President (rather than his brother). His endorsement of Palin has convinced me I was horribly wrong.

    October 22, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. BD70

    Unbelievable...can't believe what I just read.

    October 22, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Scott

    I think the Rep. figured out how they screwed up in 2008. The dummy needs to be president. Sarah Palin will be the pres. nominee and Jeb will be Vice Pres. Worked for them with W. and Cheney.

    October 22, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. The dumbing down of the GOP!

    Rather than standing on his principle, Jeb Bush knee to the idiot. Remember Palin was the reason McCain lost.

    October 22, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. Tam

    America is the laughing stock of the world, with people like this. How sad. And scary.

    October 22, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Dan A

    I thought Jeb Bush had a brain-obviously not !!!!!

    October 22, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  21. Haren

    well said,
    Problem with republican party is they are only high school graduate, see the poll who support republican candidate.
    they are voting against their own benefit.
    This is exactly what middle east arab ruler are doing, keep their people uneducated so that they don't question them.

    October 22, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. D. Bunker

    More proof that no one named Bush should ever be allowed near government again. It's pretty laughable to think that at one time Jeb was considered the "smart" one. No, he's just as nutty as his brother.

    October 22, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. mary225

    I lived in Florida for 9 years, and Jeb is an idiot. Barbara said he was the smartest of her boys....she never said he was smart, just the smartest of her boys. No, there is another Bush they are grooming for President. He is the son of Jeb and his Cuban wife. It was reported in Esquire magazine a few months back. Be very afraid of another Bush running for Pres.

    October 22, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  24. CaliforniaBC

    Well if there ever was a sure way of getting Obama another 4 years it'd be Palin running against him. Unless of course the ENTIRE country has devolved into utter ignorance that is. Oh, wait...they're well on their way to putting the failure that is the Republican Party back into control...maybe the era of the intelligent voter HAS passed into oblivion.If that's the case, then Palin may have a chance. Look out China, you may well be the next superpower faster than you think.

    October 22, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  25. Citizen

    I was of the thought that Electoral College is outdated given that the literacy rate in the US is about 99% (really? One has to wonder when reading some of the comments that could barely pass as English language). Founding fathers envisioned the Electoral College as a buffer between a demagogue and the Presidency. Looking at the leaders that GOP has produced, W, Cheney, Rove, Palin, O’Donnell, Angle and the list goes on, one has to marvel at the forethought of the founding fathers.

    October 22, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
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