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. James Mason

    Wow – what an incredibly, horribly BAD idea for the country!

    November 20, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Michael

    OMG! Please not another Bush unless we want more wars and more economic devistation in the US and world wide. For me...I can't handle any more Bushes.

    November 20, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Dave

    I hope he runs, too. We won't have to worry about the potential of a Republican in the White House until at least 2020.

    November 20, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    The American people do not want a repeat of the last Bush Administration.

    November 20, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. SC

    We don't need another Bush in the White House. Better yet, we don't need anymore Bush's in any political office or position of power. They have proven time and time again, that they are incapable of making logical decisions and are only looking out for their own personnel agenda. Big business has no business in government.

    November 20, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Jack

    So Marco - is the earth 5,000 years old or several million? That's a tough one.

    November 20, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. mb2010a

    The name Bush has forever been stricken from the Republican vocabulary...notice how his name wasn't even mentioned in the recent election by the Republicans. No more Bushes or Bush Wars...damaged goods.

    November 20, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. artraveler

    "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"

    Let's see. Under the Bush White House the GOP managed to be sure that the Walton family alone has more money than the lowest paid 50 million (that's a lot of zeros) Americans. Do we want the top 1% to control 100% of the money? Either you are in the 1% or you are too dumb to become a Democrat so take your increased taxes and shove it. If you have all the money you will have to pay all the taxes or welcome to Somalia.!

    November 20, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. NoGr8rH8r

    Forget any future BUSH for president! George W. RUINED those chances! The BUSH name is synonymous with DISASTER!A SELF SERVING CATASTROPHE!

    November 20, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. EJ

    Why do people even talk about this family like they done something great for this country, like they are political wizards. The last Bush who held office of the president done nothing but ruin the world economy and cost many lives playing John Wayne and rigging the system for the rich. To hell with the Bush family.....

    November 20, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Hugh Jass

    Dear God, please strike these awful people down before such a thing can come to pass. Have mercy on us. Do not afflict us with a plague of Bushes.

    November 20, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Justin

    GOP will roll Bush/ Rubio in a pathetic attempt to court Latinos... Mark my words.

    November 20, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. bushNOmore

    Please lord, please don't let this family run the country again. Please, i am begging you. Anybody but a Bush (or palin).

    November 20, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. NoKidding

    God have mercy on us... Another Bush????

    November 20, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. A Grandma

    No freakin' way!

    November 20, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. dan1943

    After the messes his Dad, George Herbert Walker Bush, and especially his brother, George Walker Bush, left in this country as well as the "wonderful" job he did as FL Governor, the fact that Jeb Bush would even consider peeking out from under the rock where the entire Bush Family should now be hiding is incredible, much less even thinking about running for president of this country.

    November 20, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. abbydelabbey

    This is a democracy (at least for now) not a hereditary kingdom (as the Bushes would like).... Not just no, but H- E- L- L- NO

    November 20, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Don

    I agree. He needs to run for president on 2016 so no worries of republicans ever again. Then he can try again in 2020, 2024, 2028, etc =)

    November 20, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. tstorm92

    No more Bush's for president... EVER!!

    November 20, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Vijay

    America would survive with out Bush and Rubio. No more bush for America.

    November 20, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Gary

    No Way, No How, Never!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 20, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  22. cliff

    Ummm really? Another Bush? The guy suspected of rigging Florida to which not a single democrat has forgotten? Yeah please run. It just proves that Republicans haven't learned a thing. By all means G.W the biggest failed President in History and so lets bring in his Brother. LOL All Dems need to do is march in Hillary and it will be a slaughter. Hillary will rack up 400 Electorate. The Clintons were and are hugely popular with Hispanics, Latinos and African Americans.

    November 20, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    We don't need another Bush. That said, if Republicans want more than a snowball's chance to ever field a candidate who can be a contender, they need to start putting the country ahead of party. They also need to admit that trickle-down economics DOES NOT WORK. They also need to start respecting people who have different opinions than theirs, stop the demonizing and put an end to all the paranoid attacks on President Obama that are coming from their fringe. While they are at it, Repubs need to cut loose the element in their party that wants to establish a theocracy based on their own narrow, hateful view of Christianity.

    If, and ONLY if, this happens, will the Repubs have a chance. Until then, they are just a bunch of hateful, ignorant, selfish, arrogant whiners.

    November 20, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    "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?"
    REALITY CHECK: Mitt Romney promised tens of billions of financial rewards in the form of tax cuts. Furthermore, 70% of welfare, medicare, and medicaid recipients voted FOR Mitt Romney. The number is so high because of all the people in red states collecting welfare, and all of the seniors collecting medicaid and medicare.

    REALITY CHECK: Why can't you find a Democrat that can tell you why raising taxes helps? Simple, that person does not exist. Raising taxes is not a one size fits all solution. Which is a dramatic departure from the tunnel diode philosophy of cutting taxes fixes everything that you hear from the right.

    I've got a flat tire, how do I fix it. Cut Taxes.
    The Giants have won the World Series! Cut Taxes.
    Congratulations, you have new baby girl. Cut Taxes.

    November 20, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @abbydelabbey: "This is a democracy (at least for now) not a hereditary kingdom (as the Bushes would like).... Not just no, but H- E- L- L- NO"

    Actually, the Bushes are modeling themselves after Saudi Arabia, where a few families own and control everything and religious police keep the un- and undereducated masses in line.

    November 20, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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