July 9th, 2012
06:16 PM ET
11 years ago

Jeb Bush not being vetted for VP, son says

(CNN) – Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida is not being vetted for the job of vice president by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, his son said in a Monday interview.

"He's not being vetted right now," George P. Bush said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "He's one of the few politicians that does what he says in the sense that he's not actively pursuing a higher office."

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The former Florida governor has been suggested by some as a potential number two for Romney's ticket, although he said as recently as last month that "under no circumstances" would he run.

George P. Bush, who is the nephew of former President George W. Bush and grandson of former President George H. W. Bush, said that his father has a level of influence without a spot on the ticket and will "do whatever he can" in aid of electing Romney.

"I think he has a voice within the Republican Party as a conservative, especially as it relates to education reform," George P. Bush told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

"I see him working hard on behalf of Governor Romney in some key battleground states, but like me he's going to do whatever he can when he's called to service this fall on behalf of the governor."

Jeb Bush said in a June interview that this year may have been his "window of opportunity" to run for the White House himself, but has not ruled out the possibility of a future run.

George P. Bush also said his father and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida would be useful surrogates and "provide a very diverse message on behalf of the Republican Party in a key battleground state like Florida."

His father drew attention last month for telling reporters that Ronald Reagan and his own father, former President George H. W. Bush, "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."

Jeb Bush took to Twitter in his own defense, posting, "The point I was making yesterday is this: The political system today is hyperpartisan. Both sides are at fault."

George P. Bush said his father was advocating for the GOP to be more of a "big tent" which welcomes people of different backgrounds, including Hispanics and supporters of the tea party.

"I think what my dad was trying to say was we need to be the party that is more welcoming, that allows people from various backgrounds to come in whether they have labels behind their name or not," he said.

- CNN's Ashley Killough and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Unlike most elected republicans in Florida, Jeb actually did a few good things.

    July 9, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. GB

    Bush vs. Clinton 2016

    July 9, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. RNC is out of touch with Latinos, Women and Middle Class Americans

    In 2008 Mitt Romney lost the VP race to airhead Sarah Palin! Romney's personal taxes and Swiss offshore's accounts are toxic to the American people. Why would anyone with a political future want to be on the ticket with Romney.

    July 9, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. jean2009

    At least that is one bright spot of news for the day.....Please no more Bush!

    July 9, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  5. California Gary

    Unfortunately for Jeb, his brother has already poisoned the well and this country is unlikely to elevate another Bush to high office. Too bad.....Jeb is by far the smarter of the two.

    July 9, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    after telling the truth about the current GOP and how far right the party has gone, I would be surprised if he was being vetted.

    July 9, 2012 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  7. 333maxwell

    Of course Jeb Bush wouldn't be vetted for Romney's veep.

    Jeb Bush wants a political future still.

    July 9, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Jeb Bush is well aware of the legacy that his brother destroyed. Many people aren't ready for another from the Bush family to run for elected office. The country may not be ready for a Bush to run for elected for a good many years (like 30 or so). He may be the smart one of the family.

    July 9, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |