June 12th, 2012
06:11 PM ET
11 years ago

All in the family: Bush 41 disagrees with Jeb

(CNN) - A day after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said his father, George H.W. Bush, wouldn't find a place in today's Republican Party, the former president pushed back at the idea.

"I know what he's getting at, but I don't think it would be difficult," Bush said, while answering a reporter's question on Tuesday in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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While he suggested he had more to say, he was ushered away in his wheelchair by escorts.

His comments came while attending an event for a new HBO documentary about the 41st president, which also marks his 88th birthday.

On Monday, Jeb Bush told a group of editors that both Ronald Reagan and his father would have trouble fitting in with the GOP of 2012.

"Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad – they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party – and I don't – as having an orthodoxy that doesn't allow for disagreement, doesn't allow for finding some common ground," Bush said, according to the website Buzzfeed.

Earlier Tuesday, the former governor clarified his remarks on Twitter.

"The point I was making yesterday is this: The political system today is hyperpartisan. Both sides are at fault," Bush wrote, adding in a separate Tweet: "Am reminded today why I rarely read headlines. #ContextIsImportant."

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Filed under: George H.W. Bush • Jeb Bush • Maine
soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    GOP is doomed.

    June 13, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Olaf Big

    It does not take much to be smarter than Dubya, but George H.W. Bush has my full respect. He is not in active politics anymore and he is simply being loyal to his party. There is no point in getting into a fight that is not yours anymore.

    June 13, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. michael amontree

    Grover Norquist is the Joseph McCarthy of our times.

    June 13, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Dan

    But they would both agree that the TRICKLE DOWN THEORY is the best.You know what that means,we would let you lick up the stuff running down their legs.

    June 13, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Who cares, they're just trying to make Jeb electable by pretending he's not like them. Jeb has always enjoyed the benefits of the last name "Bush" until his brother left dishonor to the name.

    June 13, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Gerry

    Almost gives me a LITTLE faith that at least one of the Bush Co operation has a few worth while thoughts.... Maybe ten years or so down the road he will have learned enough to RUN .... Ha ha..

    June 13, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. mjw

    Jeb is correct but the father is afraid of the attacks from TeaParty/Republicans. Norquist already started. I hope Americans realize as Norquist has stated today on CSPAN that Romney has signed the pledge to him Norquiist. If that is the case Romney is not qualified to be President. There should be no other pledge that supercedes the oath of office and the pledge to the people of the USA.

    June 13, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Norm

    The reason dad was emotional about W being elected president? He knew what the country was in for.

    June 13, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Tom

    The Bush family is flawed. Watch out for Jeb, he's trying to win over moderates and independents, but in the end, he's still a reactionary republican.

    June 13, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. Me3

    The Bush family has been a plague on the U.S., starting with Bush senior being head creep of the CIA (Remember Iran-Contra?). The policies of George Jr. have put the western world in economic collapse. He sent Americans to die in a war basaed on lies. He took out a sovereign leader in the first U.S. preemptive war for no good reason, and for what (to support U.S. pinciples of torture?)

    June 13, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. Indy

    I just took a poll and 99% said Jeb was the brains of the family so end of storey, Jeb was right

    The end

    June 13, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  12. stormy miller

    the republican party of today is not even related to the party of years ago..radical conservative that have chosen to be traitors to our country have taken the party hostage..i long for the day when the tea party is a thing of the past only to be read about in history books of how they tried to ruin the united states of america

    June 13, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. L. Adams

    No matter what you think of W, father Bush is a good man, a patriot, and has my full respect. Father Bush does not get the credit he deserves for his short time in the White House, but more importantly his work on behalf of the US before becoming President.

    June 13, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. Joshua Ludd

    Well, Daddy is dead wrong and it is obvious.

    June 13, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Fed Up

    GWB ruined the Bush name. People have not forgotten how W sent their jobs to China and India and how he ruined this country. If Jeb tries to run for VP, he might get shot. Because of GWB, our country will never be the great country it was, before he stole the 2000 election. That business in Florida in 2000, would not have happened, if not for Jeb.

    June 13, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. CAL USA

    Bush-Pere agreed to tax increases tied to spending cuts. He denounced trickle down economics as voodoo economics. He wisely listened to Colin Powell instead of neocon Dick Cheney and stopped tjhe Gulf War without going to Bagdhad. Any one of those positions would get him labeled a RINO in the modern radicalized GOP. The problem he has now is that agreeing with Jeb would mean he's denouncing George W for following all of those policies.

    June 13, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. Scamtannehill

    CNN Why are you giving press to Jeb Bush ? Are you preparing us for another failer ? Can't we just let the Bush Cartel go count their money ?

    June 13, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  18. Dr Matrix

    Bush Sr called trickle down voodoo economics in 1980 when he was running against Reagan in the primaries. It sounds good on paper but the realitiy is very different.

    June 13, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Bob

    Is Jeb the only member of the Bush family with a brain??

    June 13, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  20. swisscottage

    News flash – a kid and his dad disagree!

    June 13, 2012 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. Seriouslyfolks

    Enough with the Bush stuff! I've heard enough about these clowns to last a lifetime. Of course, the damage they've done to this country will last several lifetimes.

    June 13, 2012 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  22. JV

    Of course he disagrees. Like a typical politicians he would do anything to get elected. The problem with the Republican party is that they continue to sell their souls to the radicals, that, eventually, will turn the party of Reagan into a joke.

    I am a recovering registered Republican. But, as a reasonable person, I could not continue with the insanity being promulgated by the Republican party

    June 13, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  23. CBR

    Bush 41 is much less willing to confront any one or any issue. Then candidate Reagan kept winning primaries and Bush was pushed back only to nominated for vice president. When he waged a campaign against the Iraqi's he stopped the fighting before the troops could pursue the soldiers of Iraq and push them back to Baghdad. We know what happened and how the U.S. became more involved and started this "war" in Afghanistan and iraq. We have been there for years because the next Bush led us into a war which we are still fighting.

    June 13, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  24. johnborg

    Jeb has a point. He make have "clarified" himself as attacking both parties, but he isn't the first Republican to come out and critique the future of his party. Obama has drifted pretty much to right-of-center, but the ideologists in the GOP nevertheless call him a "communist" and won't work with him. They've lost it.

    June 13, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. Hans Wollstein

    The "both sides are at fault" nonsense must be stopped. How can both sides be at fault when one, the GOP, has gone completely insane?

    June 14, 2012 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
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