November 20th, 2013
09:10 AM ET
9 years ago

Should Jeb run? No Bush family consensus

(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush and his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, apparently don't see eye-to-eye over whether Jeb Bush should run for the White House in 2016.

In an interview with Jay Leno Tuesday night on NBC's "The Tonight Show," the former president said his brother should "run for President if he wants to. He'd be a great one."

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The former two-term governor of Florida is considering a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But in an interview Monday night, Jeb Bush said he hasn't made up his mind yet, nor has he sought advice from his famous family.

"I'm trying to avoid the family conversation to be honest with you. I want to defer that to when it matters," he said at an event at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. "There's a time to make a decision. You shouldn't make it too early, you shouldn't make it too late. There's a time. There's a window. And this is not the time for me. This is the time to show a little self-restraint."

The comments from former President Bush are similar to what he told CNN around the opening of his presidential library in Texas this past spring.

"Well, big Jeb, you know, he's got a decision to make. And if I could make it for him, it'd be, 'run,' but I can't," Bush told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King at the time.

"And I don't know what he's going to do. He'd be a great candidate and a great president," he added.

Mom disagrees

Jeb and George's mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, weighed in earlier this year on the question of whether Jeb should follow in his brother and father's footsteps, saying she thinks her son is "by far the best qualified man" but she isn't the biggest fan of a 2016 run.

"There are a lot of great families, and it's not just four families or whatever. There are other people out there that are very qualified and we've had enough Bushes," she said on NBC.

Jeb Bush said Monday that he listens to his mom, but doesn't always agree with her–and vice versa.

"Even when I was a teenager, I'd listen to her respectfully and never always followed what she said, even though she was probably right. And now at the age of 60, I really feel I don't have to listen to every word she says," he said, drawing laughs. "At some point you got to make these decisions like a grown up."

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Sure Jeb should run. He'll lose miserably. Then hopefully that will be a clear message to the Bush Monarchy that their reign is over.

    November 20, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Jeb Bush may as well throw his hat into the ring. He will join a very mediocre and uninspiring field of candidates.

    November 20, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    There are NO good candidates on either side of the aisle, at this time. Period.

    November 20, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Vic

    Run, Jeb, run! Your last name should not be a consideration when making your decision. Personally, you have all the attributes for being a good and respectable leader of this great country, which we need at this particular time in our history.

    November 20, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Should Jeb Bush run? Oh, no. Not at all.

    This next election is for Rand Paul. It is HIS time. After all, Rand the Plagiarizer has the TeaPers all wound up and ready to go on his behalf. Rand's going to get the "youth" vote.

    You know who they are. All the youth that blog on his behalf with one anti-Obama smear after another anti-Obama smear. Too bad for Rand Paul that most of these "bloggers" are either too young to vote or for various other reasons, won't be voting.

    Rand's got to find a way to get them out of their mommy's basement first. A hard sell, that.

    November 20, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    Read my lips, no new Bush the thush to mess further if any remaining.

    November 20, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Not only no but Hell No!!!! Was that subtle enough?

    November 20, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. Marie MD

    No more shrubs in the WH.
    this Leno wonders why his show stinks? First he had the drug addict, limberger, then he invites the screecher from AK and now the war criminal.

    November 20, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. rs

    There are far worse than Mr. Jeb Bush out there for the GOP to run– and they'll certainly have each and every one on display shortly. "Building the brand", you know.
    Hot tip GOP: Your approval rating is 22% right now. Do you really want to start the 2016 campaign more than a year early to air even more crazy ideology?

    November 20, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |