November 15th, 2010
09:29 AM ET
12 years ago

Jeb says 'never say never' to White House bid

(CNN) – Ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has said time and again he's not running for president in 2012, but the younger brother of former President George W. Bush also isn't ruling out a potential White House run in the future.

"You never say never about anything," said the younger Bush brother in an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley Sunday that featured both the former Florida governor and his ex-president brother. The comments were a direct response to whether he had foreclosed any possibility of seeking the presidency one day.

"I'm going to be involved," he continued. "I have an education reform foundation, trying to improve the plight of our education systems around the country. And I'm helping candidates that I believe in." Video after the jump.

But when it comes to running against what now appears will be a vulnerable President Obama in 2012, Jeb again emphatically closed the door. The younger Bush also issued a clear "No" to running for chairman of the Republican National Committee, as some conservative bloggers have urged.

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"I really have to stay focused on this goal of achieving some financial independence, financial security for my family," he said.

Meanwhile, the former president backed up his brother's 2012 denials, saying, "He's chosen not to run this time and I finally have to believe him."

Still, the older Bush brother said he's urged his brother to run for the White House and hopes he does one day.

"He's a successful person," said the former president of his brother. "He's smart. He's honest. And he had an unbelievably good record as the governor of Florida."

Talk of a potential Jeb Bush run has increased in Beltway circles as the former president's name no longer carries quite the toxic political baggage it once did - keeping political analysts speculating 2012 may be a ripe year for the younger Bush to take on the man who succeeded his brother.

The former president added his brother's star power within the GOP goes beyond his famous last name, citing his record as a two-term governor of Florida.

"Had he been a failure as governor of Florida, they wouldn't be touting him. And if he wasn't an honest guy, they wouldn't be touting him," he said. And if he wasn't, you know, a decent person who had a great heart, they wouldn't be touting him."

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Don;t even think about it Jeb. Get the thought out of your head.

    November 15, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    Another Bush in the White House?
    Sounds good to me.

    November 15, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. keepstufingthis

    Jeb in 2012. Lets face it. Obama very weak. Will of course have 97% of the black vote (no predudice there, ya know, vote for anyone as long as they are black, explains Rangel and Waters) and the unions (not many left and fading fast, although they still own ACORN and AARP) and the left wing nuts (hard to overcome the NEA political indoctrination in K-12 for a lot of the dopers)/ Normal, hard working people who actually pay taxes will go for Jeb.

    November 15, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Lord help us.

    November 15, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. ST

    No thanks Jeb, just say "Never". The monarchy never exists in America. We are totally tired to be ruled by the Bush family!

    November 15, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. kd

    oh, god – NO!!!

    November 15, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Of course Jeb's going to run for president. He wants to finish the job of turning our country into a third world nation his brother started.

    November 15, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Marco555

    I'd vote for him. I really would, I would vote for Jeb Bush. I'm getting so tired of all these unqualified Americans in Washington.

    November 15, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Rich

    How much damage can one family do to America?

    November 15, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Please not again. I can't take another Bush in the white house. The country can't handle the strain of a another dictator.

    November 15, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |

    The American people need another Bush as President like they need another hole in their heads! And about smart?
    Well, as a starter he got up on stage in Florida and proclaimed Spain to be a republic, when it is a Kingdom and has been since the mid-70's. The people do not need someone prone to gaffs rather than thinking.

    November 15, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. Laurie in Spokane

    OH NO! Not ANOTHER Bush in the White House! We've already had two of them and neither one enhanced this country's progress or standing in the world community. In fact, the younger Bush can take credit for two useless wars, and the deaths of thousands of our military and Iraqi/Afghanistan civilians. How can he look himself in the mirror?

    November 15, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. guest

    Coming back for the final knife....

    November 15, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Lynn

    Listen to your mother Jeb, the Country is Bushed out. The U.S. is not a Monarch, we don't pass the crown on down the blood -line. Find another way to get a job like the rest of the voters.

    November 15, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Nobody Special

    How much of this is due to an overactive Bush family ego?

    November 15, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Maybe he and Sarah Palin can run on the same ticket. If they have a fight to see who gets top billing, my money would be on Palin.

    Hopefully Jeb won't run ... this country has been bushwacked at least one too many times.

    November 15, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He may try, but I hope that he doesn't. That would be something like heraditary dynasty which isn't a good thing for a democracy. The Kennedy family could be seen the same way, but there was only one president from that family.

    November 15, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. Publius13

    Read my lips. No more Bushes. That means never.

    November 15, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. joyce

    If Jeb Bush were to run, look for the U S Supreme Court to rule he won the election!

    November 15, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. Lucullus

    YES!!!! Please just one more Bush in the White House. If anyone can finally put this country out of its misery it's another Bush. Poppy and the Dim Son, Court Appointed Boy President have done the spake work, and now Jeb can plant our cold, stiff body of a nation in its grave. The really great thing is a large percentage of the American people are ssssoooooo stupid they'd vote for him.

    November 15, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. Dennis

    Jeb Bush was an excellent governor in Florida. When W was President, I always had the feeling the wrong brother was in office. Hopefully W hasn't ruined it for Jeb.

    November 15, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Rose

    Well, let's see...Daddy Bush left office with the country in a recession...W left office with the country in an even deeper recession...yeah, let's have another Bush in the White House – maybe he can finish us off!!!

    November 15, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. Jay

    Good luck with that one Jeb. After the shape your brother left our country in, I highly doubt more of the same policies are necessary. And I cringe at hearing your last name and President together.

    November 15, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. alleygator

    Another Bush . . . another war.

    November 15, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. A female in Wyoming

    Yeah, Jeb.......I DON'T THINK SO!!!! I think America has seen enough of the Bush clan forever.

    November 15, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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