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. Psychologist

    Normally I don't but in this case scenario I gladly beat around the Bush.

    November 20, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. some guy in New Hampshire

    It's a shame that the Bush brand has been so damaged. Jeb is the one the family refers to as "the smart one". He'd be better as a president than either of the other Bushes or any other Republican we've had in my lifetime, possibly since Eisenhower. Four years is a long time; let's see what develops and hope that a sane Republican like Jeb can crowd the residual crazies who might run in the primaries in 2016.

    November 20, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. rico

    why on earth are we talking about the 2016 race ALREADY?!

    November 20, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. jerems

    No thanks! Please, no more Bushes! What is so great about them anyway? The last one ruined the whole world! Jeb, just stay home cause you have no chance in he l of ever winning!

    November 20, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. glades2

    Per the item, that'd be fine with me...

    November 20, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Bob

    Have we not learned our lesson?????

    NO MORE BUSHES EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 20, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Are the Republicans still beating the bushes for a decent candidate? Move on. The Americans are sick and tired of being burned by the Bushes...

    November 20, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. glades2

    One thing that should be considered is an amendment that changes the second term to only 2 years, similar in total to a Congressional term – it's been 70 years since the length of term allowed has been changed, and it's time for another...

    P.S. Per the item Jr would be fine with me...

    November 20, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Ken in MD

    Yes, because the last two Bushes were so good for the country. Two President Bushes, two major recessions, two wars in Iraq, two presidents followed by Democrats who dug us out of the messes they created. Shall we go 3 for 3?

    November 20, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Really

    Like Obama won this election legit? Then please explain how a small precinct in Florida with only a few registered voters, counted more than 900 votes? All Obama? And yet we are to believe he legimately won? Romney should have challenged like West did. Make him PROVE all the votes were valid. Funny how all the Obama won states were ones without Photo ID requirements... makes electoral theft easy.

    November 20, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. HowlinWolves

    I'll tell you pretty straight....both Bushes were two of the worst Presidents this country has seen since Nixon, with W being the absolute worst. The combination of cutting taxes, which decreased revenue into the gov't, while raising spending by trillions in order to fund wars, created most of the mess we're in right now. Add to that how Republican Wall street pushed for de-regulation, and the housing bubble.....and I'd say I don't want a Bush anywhere near the White House.

    November 20, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Not in my lifetime.

    No more from the Bush Thugs. Look up early connections of Prescott Bush (HW's father) to Adolph Hitler.

    November 20, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Romney is NOT My Hero

    We are finally getting rid of the likes of Romney, West and all the other GOP losers... now they want to throw another Bush at us. NO THANKS!!!

    November 20, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. hecep

    Another Bush? This lunacy must end.

    November 20, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. JD

    lol Only way there will be another Bush in the white house is if they pay to go on a tour there. America has had enough of that name! The only one that was actually worth anything was the father of all of them and he was a one term president. Jeb would have about as much chance as Romney did, he couldn't even take florida!

    November 20, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Dou44

    Not another one of the addicts from the dysfunctional sociopathic Bush Klan. One named Jeb at that. Hell no.

    November 20, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. Dou44

    Not another one of the addicts from the dysfunctional sociopathic Bush Klan. One named Jeb at that. No.

    November 20, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. John

    America can't afford another BUSH has President or do we want one.

    November 20, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. ksiner

    Haven't the Bush's screwed this country enough already?

    November 20, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Mario

    I'd rather move to another country than live through another horrible Bush family disaster, everything the Bush family touches turns into garbage.

    November 20, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. gregingso

    I bet Ronald Reagan is turning over in his grave right now. If Ronnie had known that the coke-snorting son of his vice-president would go on to win the Presidency himself he never would of tapped H.W. to be V.P.. Our country has had enough of skull and bones meddling in politics. Who cares if the latinos like him, there will NEVER be another Bush in the white house.

    November 20, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. Dave

    Vote for another Bush? No way in Hades. I'd rather be tied to an Anthill with honey in my shorts.

    November 20, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Kentucky Windage


    November 20, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. walleye46

    Just what we need another dumb SHRUB in the White House. Oh of course, we haven't had a full scale war for a while.

    November 20, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Diana

    Could we please not talk about any more Bushes in the White House?

    November 20, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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