Jeb Bush notes a 'split ballot' on his presidential future
June 16th, 2013
01:30 PM ET
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Jeb Bush notes a 'split ballot' on his presidential future

(CNN) – Former first lady Barbara Bush famously said in April that she wasn't a fan of the idea of another Bush running for president, answering a question about her son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and his potential 2016 aspirations.

But how does his father, former President George H.W. Bush, feel about the idea? Jeb Bush says there's a "split ballot amongst the Bush senior family" over the issue.

"Pretty sure that's the case," Bush said with laughter in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

While Jeb Bush has been widely considered as a potential contender in the next presidential cycle, the former governor has done little to stoke speculation that he's actively plotting a move.

In a Father's Day tribute, Bush talked about his dad, who turned 89 last week - about six months after illness kept him in the hospital for several weeks.

"I think it was hard at first for my dad to transition to being immobile. I think he's found the right balance," he said. "I think he's in a good place. He's mentally alert. He's funny as all get-out. He's spiritually in a place that we all should envy. He's more comfortable with his age. And that makes me happy."

Bush, who lost a 1994 gubernatorial run in Florida, reflected on his father's defeat in 1992 when he ran for a second term in the White House.

"It makes you better, you learn and grow. And I think my dad's post-presidency, he didn't miss a beat. He didn't get into any kind of 'woe is me.' He dusted himself off and led an incredible life since 1993," he said.

Asked what Father's Day was like in the Bush household, Bush said he doesn't recall ever having a celebration of his father.

"It was always about us. So, I honestly believe that he's the best dad and the best man I've ever met," he said.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Michael Benjamin

    Pretty much sums up this pathetic clan, "it's all about them".

    June 16, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Alan

    Oh God, please not another Bush in the White House

    June 16, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Thomas

    "split ballot amongst the Bush senior family"

    Thats is there way of saying Bush / Christie 2016

    Or Christie / Bush !

    June 16, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. king

    aahh hell another bush with their trickle down policies. a trickle down policy might had worked back in the 50s and 60s when the world wasn't a global market, now trickle down policies only help the wealthy and third world countries who work for slave labor, because which company would pay their workers 25 dollars an hour when they can pay 2 in china. our country would only be consist of the rich and the poor, and the middle class would go into obscurity. look at these repubs states. the trickle down crap they are pushing by pushing tax money to the rich and taking it from the poor is creating more poor folks than anytime in our country's history.

    June 16, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. America1st

    George H.W. Bush – favorite President. Fair, moderate, business, yet green. George Junior? FORGET IT. Worst president in US history.

    June 16, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. rs

    The Bush family can debate this all they want. After W. however, it will be a cold day in Hell before Americans vote for a Bush again for national office.

    June 16, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Donkey Party

    As two of the worst presidents in history, America will never elect another Bush to the White House.

    June 16, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Kinpo

    Split hell. Try none existent.

    June 16, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    Please give America a break, not another Bush in the White House. Haven't they caused enough harm to America?

    June 16, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. vikingwoman

    GHW Bush would be called a Rino if he was running for office these days! The GOTP may recall him fondly, but his policies & platforms would never be accepted in their extreme environment! I always thought he was a good man, but an inefficient president, like Jimmy Carter! His son, W, brought this country to its knees, w/his self seving policies & plundering of our coffers! Jeb & George P. will never see the White House due to W's mismanagement of this nation! I appreciate any politician, R or D, who understands the responsibilities & ramafications of their chosen service to the nation (like Christie & Obama), but the W legacy looms too large for any other Bush to overcome anytime soon! Jeb loves his dad, though! That's sweet!!

    June 16, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. NC

    I think at this point America is just plain bushed.

    June 16, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    He won't win anything ever again after recent "happenings" in his life. His family is out forever. Just don't get lured back in by young Preston in a few years.

    June 16, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    The next bush in the WH should be a real plant!

    June 16, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  14. Jackson

    We don't need another republican, game show host. The brother of this moron did enough damage.

    June 16, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  15. Tom

    The 2 best Presidents in the history of the US. Jeb Bush would be a welcomed change from no hope not change.

    June 16, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  16. Thomas

    George H.W. Bush doesn’t think we’ve had enough Bushes in the White House, Jeb says.

    Mar 5, 2013 – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Tuesday professed his affection for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R)

    Big Wheels Keep On Turning 2016

    June 16, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  17. Bazinga

    Run, Jeb, run. you can finish the job your brother started...The Chinese are hoping!

    June 16, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. Name Uche Agonsi

    If am left to pick the opinions of all the Bushes put together and Barbara, in this context, I will go for Barbs......honestly what the Bush dynasty require now is rather political rehabilitation, just like the Repubs, their party.

    June 16, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  19. Data Driven

    Yeh, go ahead. Clinton v. Bush 16. Kinda like York v. Lancaster in 1466. YAWN

    June 16, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |