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. BJ Bell

    Why, in the name of God would he want to vote for such an idiot as Sarah Palin.

    She is a total fool........................... God help us.................... Please

    October 22, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. Jim

    I can see why he would support Palin as president. If she won, his brother would no longer be the stupidest president ever...

    October 22, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. works for me

    Dad Bush must be so proud that he fathered these two nitwits...

    October 22, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    @ Jeff in Alabama....you about had me there UNTIL you mentioned the folks that don't like Sarah Palin. I think you got some of it backwards..why would uneducated folks not like here since she is one of them and the part about racist bigots don't like Sarah Palin? Oh yeah I forgot she is a shining becon of equal rights for all. I for one happend to have liked the Bushs just not as political figures. As for Sarah Palin I don't even like her as a person less known a political figure. And if she does win the nomination and office in 2012 that is just going to ruin FoxNews and right wing talk radio, I mean just who are they going to whine and moan about then???

    October 22, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. SD

    CNN really shows its Democrat\Liberal bias again. Have to get the angry, intolerant Dems to the polls so..........let's have stories about W., Cheney, Jeb..................and it works. Look at all the angries coming out. I'm still just confused about one thing. When you Democrats read what these people say who are in your party, do you really think they say nice things about you? I typically find that people who say\write these things, don't change their stripes much.

    October 22, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  6. George of the jungle

    well golly gee. Of course he would support her. Their IQ's are about the same. Scary thought Vote the repos out or this is exactly the kind of dummies you will get. They are all backed by big business so you know who will run the country then. No to repos in NOvember

    October 22, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. J

    PRESIDENT Obama wouldn't have to push too hard to make George W. Bush look bad. In fact, he wouldn't have to push at all. This country doesn't need another Bush debacle. Two were more than enough.

    October 22, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. Charlie in Maine

    Now. If that doesn't get Dems excited about the elections I don't know what will.

    October 22, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. john in cal

    Jeb, you are perpetuating the known deficiency of your family-no brain.

    October 22, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. Colorado Liberal

    Has not the Bush family done enough damage to our country and our world?

    October 22, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. joita belin

    You've should put 71 coments when is about your lies.

    October 22, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  12. Donald

    I agree with most republican doctrine regarding the overall running of the United States Corp. Which we r if you like it or not.
    However the right wing bible thumping crazies of the party do annoy me to no end but this thread is so one sided the other way by the same sort of irrational partisan ignorance. Palin is not presidential duh! Unfortunatley present politics won't allow Someone who would of made arguably a very good President, a chance. That is Jeb Bush.
    My point is that unfortunatley politics is a complete show for the 8% or so of people who are not presently partisan. The rest are and the postions both stand on are both equally ridiculous at times.

    October 22, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. al

    What was King's purpose in interviewing Jeb Bush? King asked for GOP policies and Bush ofuscated and never answered the question, Then Why am I watching?

    October 22, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. Dennis

    Just going to proof all the Bushes are brain dead. Can we afford any more Silverado Savings and Loan debacles, Iraq wars, 4000 troops murdered, depression, a royality and serf system. Oh wait on the last one, we already have that.

    October 22, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. Matt

    To be precise, because the article is not, would he support her if she were to run or if she were the republican nominee ? About ten republicans will probably run. The former is way scarier. The latter makes sense due to blindly following the party's nominee is what republicans are all about anyway.

    October 22, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. goforit

    Let Jeb run. He has a couple skeletons in the closet he will have a tough time explaining away.

    October 22, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. elobogrande

    Oh Crap! We're doomed if some of the Dems start acting like baggers. Me suspects a couple carpetbaggers tossed in some of those comments. Please don't stoop to Republes level...let their illiteracy speak for them....rise above and vote.

    October 22, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  18. Byrd

    Jeb is just the latest poster boy for the most dispicable criminal family in America: the Bush regime. Bush Sr and Cheney had plans to nuke Bagdad and Cheney engineered the Second Gulf War all by himself, with an idiot Bush running cover, and once again failed to deliver the New World Order's cash cow – the Iraqi oil. The burning Bushes indeed.

    October 22, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  19. JohnH

    so much for his intelligence. I can completely understand wanting to vote conservatively, and the core principles of conservatism are important....as are the core principles of liberalism. However, it's very important to have competent people to administer those principles, and Palin is not a competent person. She is unable to articulate the complex issues at hand, and is nothing more than a populist rabble rouser. I mean she supported Christine from Delaware, and that is indefensible.

    October 22, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. Clwyd

    it shows stupidity is a family trait!

    October 22, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. duke

    Sad part is,millions will vote for this dude when he runs for president,
    No wonder we are hated so much,we keep supporting the lords of war!!

    October 22, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. Ann

    Some people must be totally idiots to think that Sarah Palin can be president of the US. Of course electing Obama was another mistake - It's like Americans have lost their senses over the past decade. To miss the chance to elect a Clinton as president was just plain stupid. But Palin?

    October 22, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. Janet in CA

    Can't fix stupid, follks! Even though the Republicans are trying to point the finger in the other direction.

    October 22, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. Catie

    I like Sarah Palin, but I would not vote for her. Simply because she like Obama sounds to rehearsed and calculated in her speech. Palin and Obama sound like every single thing they say is rehearsed. Obama never sounds sincere and candid and Palin says the same things over and over. Give me someone natural and at ease with questions.

    October 22, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  25. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    Really, is anyone shocked?

    October 22, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
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