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. Anonymous

    Go Away Bush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!We dont want to see ya all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! an ymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 20, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. info please

    Looks like an easy win for the Democrats in 2016.

    November 20, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Tom Paine

    Hasn't the Bush family done enough damage? Prescott doing business with the Nazis. Neil costing us millions in the Silverado debacle. Dubya trashing the economy and the Constitution. Please just go away, all of you.

    November 20, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Da Stank of It

    Rrright, we need another Bush, we need another cabale of bushie boys and their minions, we need more corporazation of the nation. We Need the rich to be richer.
    We need the 1950s to be back here and now. We faith based government, faith based military, we need faith based industrial production, based on age old principles tried and true. We need to make sure the white boys stay in power, that oil ruins the country for another 50 years. We need more gated communities for the rich and more low cost housing for everybody else. Another war would be good too – for business and to keep them masses in check.

    November 20, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Howie76

    He ran the state of Florida into the ground. He destroyed the education system by privatizing and requiring charter schools. They just closed one down here because no one had graduated and the principal walked off with a severance package of 800,000.00. He also came up with teh FCAT testing which his family members own. They guy is no good. NO MORE BUSHES. They have done enough damage.

    November 20, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Kelcy

    If Bubba Brother Bush is anything to go on then no way in hel! would I ever vote for him. Something genetically wrong in that family line...... and based on some of the words coming out of the mouth of mama bush over the is on her side of the family. He`d be just another rich dude taking the country down the far right path to ruination.

    November 20, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Chumlee

    PLEASE, we do not need any more destruction to our country via the Bushies.

    November 20, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Susan P

    To Greg G = Wasn't it enough that the US was attacked and 4000 people died thanks to GW Bush looking the other way and ignoring all signs and warnings? Just because you haven't been attacked since then is no consolation to those who were killed on that fateful day. No More Bush presidencies...

    November 20, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |

    We republicans won't win another election because by the time 2016 comes around they are gonna be at least 60 million people on welfare because the economy will stink worse than now. With all those good hard working people on welfare why would they vote away the free money.. This country is screwed. I still can't find one democrat that will tell me how raising taxes helps the economy?

    November 20, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Larry L


    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.
    Outing a covert intelligence agent (Valerie Plaime) is a felony. The Bush White House did that for revenge when her husband exposed the lies told by Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld to start the war.

    Cheney's association with Halliburton would get any other civil servant jail time. They were busted by the DoD Audit Agency for cheating the military out billions and were rewarded with a bonus. Look up the "Halliburton Loophole" and see what a true sweetheart deal looks like. Halliburton was given special permission to pollute w/o even being required to report the chemicals used to the EPA. It was championed by Dick Cheney – an oil man with 30 million in Halliburton stock.

    Cheney's association with Ken Lay as Enron was going under was blatantly criminal. I loved his reply about the 60 something phone calls with Lay in the month leading up to the crash – just two friends chatting. Were they two high school girls? Cheney and his pals were quietly dumping stock while taking actions to artificially keep prices high. Ask Martha Stewart if that sort of thing violates the law.

    November 20, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Norma

    Noooooo, please! Not another Bush in American history. Didn't we have enough of them? Their lies and failures cost the country at least 4000 lives, not to mention the hundred of thousands of lives in Iraq. People died for nothing, just the stupidity and arrogance of the Bush family. They are the reason we are in this economic disaster, too!

    November 20, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. geo

    Gwb never won.

    November 20, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Saboth

    I'm not sure this country could withstand another Bush in office. Each one is equivalent to a 500 megaton nuclear device in damaging the country.

    November 20, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  14. 66Biker

    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."

    How's THAT for a typical wishy washy Republicon answer?

    November 20, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Kevin E

    Can't wait for 2016. After all the TV appearances, photo ops, and one liners are long gone we'll have had 8 years of Obama and his redistribution of wealth and "buy now, pay later" philosophies. Maybe by then the statute of limitations on blaming your predecesor will be up and he can own at least some of his failed fiscal policies. Seems no matter how long he is in office he has a pass for every decision he makes that goes awry. At some point he has to take responsibility for the direction of the country. Not a big Romney fan but he was spot on with the 47% comment.

    November 20, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |

    About the ONLY guy who can sve the GOP is Gen. Powell. Petreaus just went down in flames as did Allen. No current republican/tea-publican will be able to build a large enough coalition to win a national election. RNC chair has to go. Tea party folks have to be shed from the GOP. If they want to vote for democrats, they can....or just not vote; they can do that too. For every far right loon out there, there are probably hundreds of middle-of-the-road folks who might move to the right if the GOP stops the taliban-like craziness!! We'll see. BUT, Jeb Bush will never be POTUS. I told yu the same thing about Willard more than a year ago......

    November 20, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Worm

    BAHAHAHAHA!!!.....deep breath.....BAHAHAHAHA!!!

    November 20, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  18. Susan Prock

    No! No! No! Not another Bush!!

    November 20, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  19. Jim Palmer

    WWJD? What would Jeb Do? Wouldn't that be wonderful, another Bush in the White House! Would Jeb be willing to commit massive ELECTORAL FRAUD like his brother to win the presidency? Would Jeb be as adept in LYING the nation into another UNNECESSARY WAR that cost the Treasury trillions and 7,000 American lives and over 500,000 Iraqi civilians their lives? Would Jeb be as big a crony capitalist as George and help ensure disasters such as 9-11 and KATRINA occured due to stupidity and incompetence? Yes, wouldn't it be great to have another member of the BUSH FAMILY in office? Why this clan of imbeciles are not in jail or run out the country is a mystery our mainstream media should investigate. Even William F. Buckly admitted that in any other democracy Bush would have been "thrown out of office".

    November 20, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. MRHD

    Republicans are not insane enough to nominate another Bush. There's no way they are THAT out of touch.

    November 20, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. rs

    I think for a good part of America, "been there, done that" explains our relationship with the Bush family.

    November 20, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. us_1776

    Hey Bush,

    Write check to American taxpayer for $8T (Trillion) for the massive GWBush/GOP economic collapse and then we'll talk.

    Otherwise, just go away.


    November 20, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. ugh

    anything is better than Obama!

    November 20, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. gladiatorgrl

    Bush I – war / recession
    Bush II – a "crusade" an "invasion" (a 2fer) and a near DEPRESSION

    Bush III – this country wouldn't survive it.

    November 20, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Johnny

    Unfortunately the Republican party and the values with it aren't going to win national elections any more. This is because too many losers want the world handed to them for nothing and vote in the people that are likely to give it to them at the expense of our future.

    November 20, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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