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. Keith Sillsbury

    Wow one idiot supporting another idiot. You can't make this stuff up people

    October 22, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. GonzoinHouston

    Jeb, let me explain; I'll use little words for you. Sarah is not running for anything ever again. Sarah is an ENTERTAINER. She's just like Rush, and Bill and all the rest, except that she has actually run for and even held office. She quit government so that she could make lots of money telling dumb people that they are smart. She isn't leading anything any more. She's just making money by entertaining dumb people.

    You would support her for president? Jeb, Jeb, what does that tell all of us about you?

    October 22, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Jeb is just providing us with yet another 'smoke and mirror' distraction by 'publicly' saying that he would support Palin if she ran for President.
    The GOP has not forgotten, nor will they EVER forget that SHE cost them (at least in their eyes) the Presidency.
    Sarah for President? Not gonna happen. Jeb endorsing this non-event? Who cares? We're not dealing in the realm of reality here.
    .....But it does get the old juices going doesn't it? And CNN sits back and enjoys the attention, and the show. Simple-minded, yet effective attempt to once again spin and control the populace. Fortunately I'm done for the day.

    October 22, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. dj

    Oh,cause we didnt see planes hit the towers,huh?your a moron if you believe they were able to cover up us involvment with 9/11.your cowardice leads you to believe that blame belongs to anyone BUT the ones who did it.people cant keep secrets,and they def cant when its that big.we got attacked,and the people who did it counted on a democratic response,one that would have left us open to get hit again.it saved our asses to have a idiot in the white house who didnt care about the U.N.but youll find a way to justify your bush hatred,but also remember...bush never gave the ok to drill offshore.obama did.but you dont blame him for that,do you?moron

    October 22, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Jeb is as crooked as they come. His first crime was stealing his brothers' brain neurons in the womb! ROFLMAO! Night folks!

    October 22, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. Mike S.

    If there's one thing Jeb Bush knows about, it's how to get imbeciles elected to the White House. His and the Palin family have a lot in common, especially kids on drugs, etc....

    October 22, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    jeff, alabama

    You're not so smart in the head area are you? Saying things that would have made Strom Thurmond blush....in the 1950's. Here is some advice, if you have a thought that you think is clever, just let it go, or next time I will send you some links to videos of people like yourself who in the 50's and 60's though what they were saying was cool. It was sad and sick, and we laugh at it today at the STUPIDITY of it (like we will laugh at yours in 20 years), but even then it was neither clever or cool.

    October 22, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  8. tpn51

    This is cruel and unusual punishment. Palin gets elected I'm renouncing my citizenship. Jeb you did ok in Florida, WHY WHY WHY are you backing this loser. You are better off backing Alfred E. Newman, he has a better chance of winning and he is a real cartoon character. Unreal.

    October 22, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. Shari from Madison

    Wow, an idiiot who endorses an idiot! If Sarah runs president Obama will will. Sarah and Jeb sure are stupid. I guess stupidity runs in the Bush family!

    October 22, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. jim

    jeb bush is a bigger morton than palin is for supporting her.

    October 22, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. n Filbert

    Geez, Give me a break! Not anutter Bush should be allowed to BE Even NEAR a Position of Power till 2089 !!!

    October 22, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  12. matt

    Please please baby Jesus, let this Bush run for office. We really could use a guarantee that a Democrat or Independent will run the country again. Amen.

    October 22, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |

    I am a heterosexual, middle class Black male who is single with no children. Although I do not accept Christianity I believe in God and I live in Alabama. Jeff from Alabama I did not vote for Obama but I really don`t like Palin

    October 22, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. carlos

    humans with mice brains......typical republiCONServatives ......nothing else to say about this evil criminals.

    October 22, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. VM

    Who care's what Jeb Bush has to say.

    October 22, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. larry hoffman

    Sara Palin, a political opportunist who saw an opening AND took the money and ran! I am a registered Republican and I can not believe the LIES tHe Republicans are telling and that the AMERICAN PUBLIC are believing!When and how did the American people become so gullible?

    October 22, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. thomas

    And I thought he was the smart BUSH .

    October 22, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. palatka

    it will be worse than a reality TV show if they are on a ticket together

    October 22, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. BJ

    If Palin, Oconnell, Miller and Angle get in the door all that means is that something very sinister is about to go down – Cheney and Rove will be running the Government. If Nevada, Alaska and Delaware are that damn stupid – take their socialist dollars away with Medicare and Social Security. I can not believe American have become so stupid. If is based on racism, wake up stupid the country is going to be all Mexican within the next 10 years. Wake up and smell the coffee stuip. I suggest the Dems be proactive the Republicans will cheat, cheat, and cheat on election day.

    October 22, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Everything that can be said has- Jeb WAS the smart one-oops!

    October 22, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. amanda

    I absolutely love that Jeff (way up there at the top of the thread) calls people uneducated when he can't even spell ATHEISTS correctly. I'm not going to call him a total idiot, but I am of the mind that if you want to question someone else's intelligence, yours had better be above reproach.

    October 22, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. amanda

    I absolutely love that Jeff (way up there at the top of the thread) calls people uneducated when he can't even spell ATHEISTS correctly. I'm not going to call him stupid, but I am of the mind that if you want to question someone else's intelligence, yours had better be above reproach.

    October 22, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  23. sparky

    ok, for real – with the population of this country, these idiots (both parties) are the best we can come up with? palin, o'donnell, the bushes, mccain, pelosi, reid, etc... i wouldn't trust any of these morons to run third shift at a truckstop stuckeys.

    October 22, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  24. commenter

    There are two Repubs in California who also sought Palin's endorsement. Of course as soon as they learned that the majority of voters wouldn't vote for a candidate endorsed by Palin they stopped taking her calls. You gotta love those Repubs, they do know how to cut and run.

    October 22, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. Slider

    This election in a few days is the first referendum on Obama and the Democrat Party and its leadership.

    I hope the Democrats brought their life-jackets. In 2012, they'll need their barf bags.

    October 22, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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