Scarborough: 'Backlash' if Bush vs. Clinton in 2016

Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 12:32 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Morning talk show host Joe Scarborough says there will be a "backlash" if the next presidential race features a Clinton vs. Bush faceoff.

"There are going to be a lot of people restless if they see a Clinton/Bush rematch coming up in 2016," Scarborough said Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"If people think that we are going to draw from two families in 2016 and there's not going to be a public backlash to that, I think they're misreading the political tea leaves," Scarborough said.

Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, has shown an interest in running for the position held by both his father and brother. Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton has been seen as the top Democratic presidential candidate for the 2016 election.

Of the list of Republican potential candidates, Scarborough said, "If that field were to run right now, I think you would have Jeb Bush and Chris Christie sucking most of the oxygen out of the room, and by that I mean they would get most of the money. I think Jeb's got to figure out whether he wants to run or not."

Among Democrats, Scarborough noted "Clinton fatigue" as far back as 2007, but said that now "everybody is saying wonderful things about Hillary Clinton."

Yet he sees potential problems for her.

"If anybody believes that as we get closer to 2016, the press isn't going to start grumbling and there isn't going to start be this sort of Clinton burnout factor that there already was in 2007, which will have been nine years before the 2016 campaign, if my University of Alabama math is correct, they're kidding themselves,” Scarborough added.

“Clinton versus Bush — Americans are tired of Washington, they're sick of Washington, their approval ratings are at all-time lows,” he said.

This attitude, Scarborough noted, could open the door for other candidates and said to "look for the possibility of some space in the center, an independent candidate as well, an anti-Washington candidate."

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