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Bush hopes younger brother Jeb runs for U.S. president

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If it were up to former U.S. President George W Bush, a third member of the Republican family dynasty -- his younger brother Jeb -- would run for the White House.

Jeb Bush, the former two-term governor of Florida, has acknowledged he has not ruled out the idea of a 2016 presidential candidacy.

"I hope Jeb runs," his older brother told CNN on Thursday. "I think he would be a great president. I have no clue what's on his mind and we will talk when he's ready. I noticed he's moving around the country quite a bit."

Indeed, 61-year-old Jeb Bush has rolled up to several political, educational and civic events across the nation in recent weeks, taking the pulse of various groups as he mulls his political future.

He sent a jolt through the Republican political establishment last month when, during a commemoration in Texas of his father George HW Bush's presidency, he promised he will decide by year's end whether he will seek the White House.

Most hopefuls are expected to file candidacy papers shortly after the congressional mid-term elections this November, and several polls show Jeb near the top of Republican prospective candidates.

According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday, Bush is on par with Senator Rand Paul, followed closely by former candidate Mike Huckabee, congressman and 2012 vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama's first secretary of state, dominates the Democratic side, and the same poll showed her beating Bush 53% to 41% in a hypothetical matchup.

If they each won their party's nomination, the 2016 election would feature the same two families as in 1992, when Bill Clinton ousted incumbent, the elder George Bush.

Dynasty fatigue may come in to play, however.

In an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll this week, 69% of respondents said they agreed with Barbara Bush's January comment that there should be "more than two or three families" that seek high office.

George W Bush said his brother is "checking his core" and thinking about potential impact on his family before he makes his decision.

But if Jeb needs a compassionate ear, Bush had a suggestion: "Hey Jeb, if you need some advice, give me a call."

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Not healthy. Whatever your politics it's hard to defend one family having so much influence over so much.

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And I wouldn't put it pass Americans to vote him in. And GWB offering to give advice. That has to take the cake unless he say's ignore everything I say.

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Another Bush? No thanks. And I feel the same way about another Clinton in the White House, as well.

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Just another 30-40 years and we can look forward to Obama Jr in the White House.

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"Another Bush? No thanks"

Jeb Bush is not George Bush Sr. or George W. Bush.

"Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama’s first secretary of state, dominates the Democratic side, and the same poll showed her beating Bush 53% to 41% in a hypothetical matchup."

Game over! Get ready for President Hillary Clinton! Cripes!

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Bush versus Clinton in 2016? I would prefer to leave the massive amount of baggage and polarization these two would bring with them in the past.

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Got my country is so pathetic at times. But hey! Fat godzilla's coming so there's that.

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Jeb Bush, the former two-term governor of Florida, has acknowledged he has not ruled out the idea of a 2016 presidential candidacy.

He should stay out of the presidential race. His Daddy and elder brother has already been in white house. If he becomes a president again, US is the dynasty kingdom with based on succession of thrones. The only difference of royalty with UK is if Bush Jnr was a king, his daughter will become Queen of US instead of her uncle.

Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama’s first secretary of state, dominates the Democratic side, and the same poll showed her beating Bush 53% to 41% in a hypothetical matchup.

New presidential candidates should be selected without nepotism, family link and corruption. Otherwise new US President name will be confusing as Mr Bush senior, Mr Bush junior senior, Mr Bush junior, Mrs Clinton and Mr Clinton.

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Read my lips: No more Bushes!

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If they each won their party’s nomination, the 2016 election would feature the same two families as in 1992, when Bill Clinton ousted incumbent, the elder George Bush.

Three hundred million to choose from, and this is the best they can do? This family or that family?

Didn't the Americans fight what they call a war of independence supposedly to free themselves of hereditary monarchy?

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@Cleo to be fair, we're only talking about only a few elections out of many, here, and it's not like the president has monarchal authority.

However, I don't care for the current system of only two real choices for president.

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'we're only talking about only a few elections out of many, here, and it's not like the president has monarchal authority.'

Another way to look at it would be that if Jeb Bush runs and wins, that would mean three Republican Presidents in a row from the same family. Hardly the message of equality and lack of hereditary privileges that the US supposedly stands for.

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As a Democrat, I do hope that Jeb runs, and that Hillary doesn't.

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@Cleo. Very well put!

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Unless there is a surge in tea party members, I doubt Jeb would ever have chance. GW and gang did quite a bit of damage; one of the worst reccesions in history. If we could only get back the wealth created under Bill Clinton. Things were great then. I think John McCain would be ok, but I dont know his economic policies.

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Unless there is a surge in tea party members, I doubt Jeb would ever have chance.

Actually, the Tea Party dislike him.

Jeb Bush really doesn't want to run, nor has he campaigned since 2002; and I doubt he wants to tarnish his son, George's, rising star. A popular sitting governor could make a run, but the only "national" governor was Christie, and he's burned out before it started.

Thus, my odds are on Romney trying again in 2016.

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Funny that Bush Junior is encouraging his brother to run after he pretty much destroyed any chance another Bush family member has to run for politics outside of the south. Bush Junior was the worst President of modern times. Any Democrat would have it easy to run against Jeb by just reminding voters that they are brothers.

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Thus, my odds are on Romney trying again in 2016.

Seriously doubt it. His heart wasn't really in it the first time he ran, and Americans don't take to do-overs. Plus, the baggage he's accumulated ("47%") is way too much.

Really, I don't know who the GOP will be able to field. You'd have to be a lunatic attempt to placate at once the Tea Party and the establishment.

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Americans don't take to do-overs. Plus, the baggage he's accumulated ("47%") is way too much.

You may be right. Although, I've learned to never underestimate the collective short-term memory loss of the American people.

Fundamentally, though, I think that the race is Hillary's to lose.

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" I have no clue..."

That about sums up GWB in a nutshell. The only reason Jeb, te guy who willingly sent out a false message that his older brother had secured Texas when he had not, might run is bacause the GOP have nothing to run on but name power.

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God forbid... the first two were bad enough, why punish the world with a third one?

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Fundamentally, though, I think that the race is Hillary's to lose.

It supposedly was in 2008, and she didn't even get the Democratic nomination. This time round, she'll be pushing 70; not a very appealing prospect. There's no reason to suppose someone else won't take a shot (and win) despite all the talk over the last few years of Hillary just walking into the presidency.

Times change - as Republicans are learning to their longlasting pain - and hers has been and gone.

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Clinton would be the same age of Reagan when he took office. And as we all know living here in Japan, women age better than men. So the age discussion is more republican hypocrisy and more importantly their war on women campaign, that they love so much.

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Clinton would be the same age of Reagan when he took office.

Precisely the problem.

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Romney is out, he got owned by Obama the first time around. Romeny belongs to the anti immigration crowd,and he is a dated dinosaur, has little offer except his foriegn policy, perhaps business side is good also. He isnt connected with the people, unless you count Mormons. McCain is much more qualified, and Hilary as well. Cant think of anybody else, except the ex mayor of NY, a former prosecutor, sorry I forgot his name. Unless some CEO or Donald Trump jumps into the game, I guess we are stuck with the same crowd. Maybe Biden will give it a try? I havent followed Biden that much, except for his occasional outburst. I dont know, unlike Cheney, what he is about and doing behind the scenes or if he is effective. I think Mr. Obama has accomplished quite a bit, but its unfortunate that he hasnt done much for the business community, but neither did GW.

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I would vote for Jeb, having said that, he's not my first choice, Hilary absolutely Never in a thousand years! Its the same as an extended warranty of Obama third term. To be brutally honest, the last 2 years of GW as much as I admired the man was horrible and add to that Obama that is still destroying the country, Clinton would only add to that misery. at least when Jeb left office, he left with a high approval, comparing that to Hilary's record as Senator of NY was abysmal, not to mention her career as Secretary of State was equally as atrocious, better than Kerry's but still horrible. Now I will say for the record, Cleo has a point, I usually don't agree with her on most issues, but I think it's safe to say, people are tired of both families Bush's and Clinton's, I mean, seriously, is that the best we can do? Does anyone really think if Hilary were president she'd be so different compared to Obama? Dems want to talk about the mess Bush left and rightfully so, Obama was elected to fix it, which he didn't, so my question is, who will fix HIS mess once he's gone?? Hilary? Personally, I would love to see Rand Paul, Paul Ryan or Ted Cruz run and there are a few others out there that are thinking of throwing their presidential hat in the race.

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I would love to see Rand Paul, Paul Ryan or Ted Cruz run and there are a few others out there that are thinking of throwing their presidential hat in the race.

Once again, we agree, Bass: These three have about as great a chance of winning as Jeb.

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' I mean, seriously, is that the best we can do?"

Yes because big money and lobbyist are requirements.

"Obama was elected to fix it, which he didn't, so my question is, who will fix HIS mess once he's gone??"

What do you mean, fix his mess? He inherited a country one step away from a depression. Is the U.S. in a depression now? No, the economy, while slow, has recovered. Did GM, Ford, Chrysler go under? How many banks were bailed out? Has there been any major war campaigns under Obama to sap them into more national debt?

Obama, while a bit reserved as a leader, is an intellectual. I can follow someone with an intellect. I never understood what got GW elected, and I never agreed with much of anything he did. 2009 was a horrible time, and I hope it never returns.

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Once again, we agree, Bass: These three have about as great a chance of winning as Jeb.

So you think in all honesty that Hilary is a shoe in? The woman has too much baggage. I know you aren't that naive. Who else do the Dems have? Biden?!

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Check above, Bass - I already stated that I hope she doesn't run. The Dems have a decently deep bench and, unlike the GOP, don't face as much internecine flack.

One reason Obama's ratings are low is that many of his supporters are disappointed at the paltry amount he's managed to accomplished - whether fairly (the guy is a moderate) or unfairly (scorched-earth GOP opposition). Still, progress regarding progressive causes has advanced, if not least because awareness of the crucial nature of the issues has grown in breadth and depth - and we're still two years out from 2016.

As such, I think there's a chance that a real progressive such as Elizabeth Warren could grab the nomination. She is denying such ambitions at the moment, but with Hillary's backing, she'd be unbeatable.

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One of the saddest things in modern politics is that electorates in many countries feel disengaged with politics with the elites leading us into financial ruin while overseeing wage gaps which are now immoral. I certainly don't lay all the blame for this on the Bushes ( it can be argued that the seeds of the financial catastrophe can be partly blamed on the loosening of regulation under Clinton ) but the Bush family's close links to the big business crowd will not go down well with many in the electorate. Romney was destroyed by the Democrats as a vulture capitalist which resonated with those who got shafted by the elites. One member of the GOP said that the party has to quit being 'the stupid party' and perhaps more pertinently, it should quit being the party of elites. Jeb Bush, being born into that elite, would not be a good choice.

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Next another Bush or another Clinton? There are 300 million people to choose from, but US is no better than North Korea and all its Kims.

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Laguna: "As a Democrat, I do hope that Jeb runs, and that Hillary doesn't."

But as a Democrat, you'll vote for Hillary when she's nominated, right?

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This is a truly strange and ironic situation.

IF Jeb's last name were, say, Johnson instead of Bush, he would be a seriously strong candidate. Moderate views, bilingual, good track record as a governor, etc.

OTOH, IF Hillary's last name were, say, Johnson instead of Clinton, she would be nowhere on the political radar screen. Just another mediocre carpetbagging senator and cabinet member.

Both parties need to be careful about repeating the current mistake: electing a one-term senator who is long on communication skills but short on political/leadership savvy.

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@laguna

One reason Obama's ratings are low is that many of his supporters are disappointed at the paltry amount he's managed to accomplished - whether fairly (the guy is a moderate)

or unfairly (scorched-earth GOP opposition).

unfairly? How so? Just because, they disagree with his policies? Of course they will, they are after all, the opposition party. Why would they go along with polices from Obama that they don't believe in? If the roles would be reversed the Dems equally would oppose the GOP on practically everything and given the political climate right now, it'll only get worse.

Still, progress regarding progressive causes has advanced, if not least because awareness of the crucial nature of the issues has grown in breadth and depth - and we're still two years out from 2016.

Yeah and look what they have done to the country. Lower wages, higher taxation, completely destroyed race relations which are at an all time low, neutering our military, foreign policy disaster and that's the tip of the ice berg, but hey, at least we have legalized Marijuana, right?

and we're still two years out from 2016.

Heaven help us all.

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Time to prune those bushes. Another bush is the last thing the US and the world needs.

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A president called Jeb!? Don't see that happening.

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Time to prune those bushes. Another bush is the last thing the US and the world needs.

But another 4 years of Clinton is what the U.S. needs? After this disastrous president, are you kidding me?

A president called Jeb!? Don't see that happening.

I say the exact same thing about Hilary and even when she campaigns, holding up her then 2 year old grandchild won't make a bean of difference to soften her image, pant suits or not.

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