January 16th, 2014
05:04 PM ET
9 years ago

Barbara Bush hopes Jeb won't run for president

(CNN) - If former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush makes a bid for the White House, he may not have his mother's blessing.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush said in an interview with C-SPAN on Thursday that the United States needs to expand the number of families holding the nation's highest political office beyond her own, as well as the Clintons and Kennedys.

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"I think this is a great American country, great country, and if we can't find more than two or three families to run for high office, that's silly, because there are great governors and great eligible people to run," she said.

Though her son is certainly qualified to run for president, the former first lady said, "I hope he won't."

"Because I think he'll get all my enemies (and) all his brother's,” she continued. “And there are other families. I refuse to accept that this great country isn't raising other wonderful people."

And her son delivered quite the comeback later Thursday.

This isn't the first time the former first lady has indicated it would be best if her son did not seek the presidency. Her most recent comments on her son's presidential prospects underscore sentiments she made public last year.

"We've had enough Bushes," she told NBC's "Today" in April.

Though the former two-term Florida governor is considering running for president in 2016, he's said he still hasn't made up his mind.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

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  1. Marie MD

    Don't worry, Barbara, the only bush worth anything.
    Between your husband and your son we have had enough of the bushes for decades, if not centuries.
    Taxes and unnecessary wars and lives lost, soldiers maimed and bombs still going off in Iraq will keep jeb from the office, among so many other things bush.
    @rick in the bubble, bush destroyed his family name by lying about WMDs and wanting bin laden dead or alive (which Obama took care of showing he has more cojones than the whole bush family together).

    January 17, 2014 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
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