Jeb Bush in 2008 Speculation


On Principles & Values: Poll: Jeb would lose to Hillary because of “Bush fatigue”

In the latest national voter poll, voters were asked to pick between Sen. Clinton and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and, if the election were held today, Clinton would top President Bush’s brother handily: 51% to 35%.

Overall, only a handful of voters think Jeb Bush would make a good president. About one in five (22%) think the governor would make a good choice and 57%disagree. As Jeb Bush is relatively unknown to many Americans, it’s a safe bet that much of the reaction is based on his last name and Bush fatigue.

Among Republicans, 43% think Jeb Bush would make a good president, and 26% disagree. Fully 81% of Democrats and 61% of independents do not think he would be a good choice.

“These results have almost nothing to do with Jeb Bush personally,” the pollster said. “Most Americans know little about him. The negative reaction flows from his brother’s current low approval ratings and, most probably, from a natural aversion to too long a ‘dynasty’ in American politics.”

Source: 2008 speculation: FOX News Poll May 22, 2006

On Principles & Values: Pres. Bush plugs Jeb for President; Jeb declines comment

President Bush thinks his little brother Jeb would make “a great president” but says that no matter how many times he prods his sibling about his plans, he doesn’t get an answer. Bush said he is convinced that his brother still does not know what he will do when he leaves the governor’s office in January. “In my judgment, his political future is very bright if he chooses to have a political future,” the president said. “But he’s an independent-minded guy. His priority is his family. Like a lot of other people, I’ve pushed him fairly hard about what he intends to do. I don’t think he knows, and if he did know he wasn’t going to tell me because he’s afraid I’d tell you.“

By law, Jeb Bush cannot seek a third consecutive term as governor. There has been speculation in political circles that he could run for president, but he has insisted he will not run in 2008. ”I think Jeb would be a great president, but again, it’s up to Jeb to make the decision to run,“ President Bush said.

Source: 2008 speculation: Brian Crowley, Palm Beach Post May 11, 2006

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