November 20th, 2012
11:10 AM ET
10 years ago

Jeb Bush, Jr. hopes dad will run for president

(CNN) - Jeb Bush, Jr., the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said Tuesday morning he "certainly" wants his dad to run for president.

Asked on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" if he wants to see his father make a White House bid, Bush said, "I don't know. No comment. I certainly hope so."

"Giving you the full loaf of bread right there," he continued, smiling.

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Jeb Bush, the former governor, flirted with a presidential bid last year, but declined to run. With high popularity in the Hispanic community–his wife is from Mexico and he speaks Spanish–his name has resurfaced as a strong contender in 2016, now that many in the party say the GOP needs to better connect with Latinos.

"We really have to work on our ground game, have to work on our messaging," Jeb Bush, Jr. said Tuesday.

He pointed to his uncle, former President George W. Bush, as an example of someone who "showed that you can be successful with Hispanics and be Republican."

"He showed up in Hispanic communities. He spoke a little Spanish," he continued. "I think that candidness really came across well. (Sen. John) McCain and Gov. Romney didn't do a good job, but I think in 2016 we'll hopefully have a candidate that certainly focuses on that."

He also weighed in on Sen. Marco Rubio's controversial comments about the age of the earth, which Rubio argued was one of "the great mysteries" on Monday.

"It was a strange question and I guess kind of a head-scratching type of answer," he said. "We've got to be a pro-science and pro-technology party. I think Marco Rubio is just that. But we also can't forget about our traditional values."

Rubio has repeatedly said he considers Jeb Bush, Sr., to be his close friend and mentor.

Meanwhile, Jeb Bush, Jr.'s brother, George P. Bush, has taken steps to run for a statewide office in Texas.

Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Jeb Bush • Latinos • Marco Rubio
soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. Sueb

    You said:

    "show me under US law what George W did that deserves jail time. I don't buy into the "war crimes" thing because as the Commander-in-Chief the President can and must do certain things to protect the American people"

    He wasn't protecting the American people. Hussein had no part in 9/11 and there were no WMD.....Bush and Cheney lied us into a war that cost the lives of over 4000 people. I was a republican until that, it's something I will never get over. They should both have been brought to trial.

    November 20, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Felix R. Mendez

    Being an independent in political matters in this country, I think Jeb Bush would be a worthy contender for 2016. The country as a whole should give him serious considerations if he chooses to run. I also expect Democrats to present the nation a viable candidate. I believe the main thing now is to work hard as one nation to foster the growth of the country, and to improve the lives of the underprivileged. Jeb Bush must be evaluated on his own merits. The conduct of his grandfather and father must not be the benchmarks.

    November 20, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. palintwit

    I hope Sarah Palin gets serious about running for president in 2016. I know that there are millions of you out there that would agree.

    November 20, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Facts don't Lie

    during the recent campaign President Obama had former President Clinton as one of his main surrogates...who did Mitt Romney have? Donald Trump and John Sunnunu. Tells you how much the GOP thought of the last Republican to hold the office of POTUS.

    November 20, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Jan

    I DON'T THINK SO JUNIOR:-)!!!! He is the reason Wubya happened to us! He is a big chunk of the reason for the Iraq and Afghan wars!!! HE IS AN OPPRESSER...ONE OF WHICH FLORIDA'S CURRENT GOVERNOR HAS RECEIVED BLUEPRINTS ON HOW TO STEAL A STATE!!! SO AGAIN, I DON'T THINK SO JUNIOR.

    November 20, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. atc333

    Two Bushes were enough. The GOP and Bush II created their own history, and our own economic meltdown. It is time for this nation to begin rebuilding the middle class, and creating more wealth for all America, and not just the top 2%. Three GOP Administrations worth of GOP Socialism for the rich have decimated the 98%, and redistributed 36% of all of America's wealth to the GOP'[s chosen few.

    Please no more Bushes. We are not a Monarchy. Bush I was ok,but Bush II with his "Compassionate Conservatism" and "deregulation combined with tax cuts for job creators was enough for the next 100 years. Bottom line is the GOP is clueless as how to create jobs, but really good at redistributing wealth to the rich.

    November 20, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. XXXX

    Jeb Bush who gave the 2000 presidency to his brother!!!!! Just throw his name there and you will see even a Dem who has never voted, will vote.

    November 20, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. beatsme

    Right from 1972 we have had in some continuous capacity the "bushes" in the government. I mean the papa was CIA director (1972?) and then had his run for for VP slot (1980-88) after failing the Presidential nod that Mr. Reagan got. Then he was # 41 and at later point his son "W" was a governor of Texas (2 terms 1992,1996 ?) before he became "43". Enough!

    November 20, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Ed1

    Hate to say it he wouldn't have a chance in Hell of winning only one reason his last name is Bush and everybody knows including Obama and every Democrat everything wrong with this Country is because of Bush.

    November 20, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. WeGoFreedor

    Can't help it but to quote another poster.

    GOP presidential candidates:

    1988: George H W Bush
    2000: George H W Bush Elder son
    2016: George H W Bush younger son
    2024: George H W Bush Grandson
    2050: George H W Bush Great grandson
    2100: & above: Bush legacy still continues.

    November 20, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Mike

    Donald Trump and the orange tabby cat he wears on his head will be president before another Bush is elected.

    November 20, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Questions401

    We will never elect another Bush, just like the Kennedys their time in the spot light is over...

    November 20, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. Greg G

    I'd welcome it. You people complain of the wars but keep in mind we have not been attacked on American soil since. You complain because its what the media told you to do, learn the facts yourselves and you will realize W. was a solid president.

    November 20, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Michael Thomas

    I hope he is the GOP nominee also. Please, God! Let another Bush be the nominee - so American can have another Democratic President elected 🙂 Bush policies are still ripe for the picking. Bring it on!

    November 20, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |

    Enough!!, Enough!!, Enough!!, Enough, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars,
    Enough!!, Enough!!, Enough!!, Enough, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars, no more Wars,

    November 20, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. rosethornne

    It was really stupid of Jeb to twist the Florida election in order to keep the real President out and shove his bubby in.

    Very stupid.

    Up until that stunning display of anti-American corruption, Jeb was at least plausible as as presidential candidate.

    Now, the very thought of more Shrubbery infesting the White House makes people gag.

    November 20, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    I have heard many time in the radio the the Bushes are a crime family. I don't know the truth. The fact of the matter is, both Jeb and George were Phony poliitcians. so is George Sr. I do not want to see another Bush in the whiteHouse. They will be bad for the Country, I would take any other Republican instead. I dont was any BUSHES in the national TV or National Politics. Please GO AWAY.....

    November 20, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Save the environment: plant a Bush back in Texas!

    November 20, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. George

    Jeb Bush better dont entain the idea of becoming the President. He was not good for Florida, He will not be good for USA just like his brother George or the Father George. They should go away from politics. Also, how come none of their children served in the army. Why do they have to be in politics. I dont way they have no right. But, I will take any other Republican, but not the Bushes. Please go away ... Please .. I cannot stand the sneakey Jeb.....

    November 20, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    just sayin

    hey... it was the democrats with the kennedys that started this whole dynasty bs. of course, today jfk would be a republican as the democrat party now resembles the communist party of the 60's.
    That could be true in an alternate reality, just sayin.

    Reagan would be called a Democrat by today's Republicans because he raised taxies and increased spendning, just sayin.

    November 20, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Jim

    "I don't know. No comment. I certainly hope so." Kid's going to make a great republican candidate.

    November 20, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. Tom from Canonsburg

    NO MORE BUSH!!!!!!! There are too many reasons for me to put here. You can start with the grandfather, Prescott Bush in WW2 and continue from there.

    November 20, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. PDee

    So does it mean we will have another Clinton-Bush contest.. I can't wait !!!

    November 20, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Jeff

    Sueb: 9/11 is not the only reason to go to war with someone, and Iraq wasn't really even a new war. I was there in 1991 and they signed a cease fire that they then refused to live up to. Just because the useless UN let it drag on for 12 more years without removing Saddam doesn't in any way lessen the fact that we had every right to go back there and remove him over the breaking of that cease fire. He only had himself to blame as it appears he did get rid of most of his WMD's but was afraid to let the world actually know it.

    November 20, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. Wake up People!

    We have not forgotten what you did in 2000 Jeb. You are the main reason your brother was elected. I hope I never see another Bush anywhere near the White House again.

    However I won't hold my breath seeing that 48% of Americans voted for the lying flip flopper Willard. And Jeb being married to a hispanic and them touting Rubio. I wouldn't put it past them to vote Bush/Rubio in 2016.

    November 20, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
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