George W. Says Jeb Should ‘Run’ for White House

Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 09:11 AM

By Melanie Batley

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Former President George W. Bush summed up his position on whether his younger brother, Jeb, should seek the White House in 2016 with just one word: “Run!”

“He would be great. He’d be a marvelous candidate if he chooses to do so. He doesn’t need my counsel ’cause he knows what it is, which is ‘run,’” the former president said of his younger brother, the former governor of Florida.

“But whether he does or not, it’s a very personal decision,” he added in an interview with ABC News Wednesday night.

But the former president got some push-back Thursday morning from his own mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, who said on the NBC “Today” program that she would prefer Jeb not run.

“We've had enough Bushes,” she said.

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Bush spoke to ABC News’ Diane Sawyer ahead of the formal opening of his presidential library and museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Bush, who was the country's 43rd president, even mused about a potential match-up between his brother and Hillary Clinton.

“It’ll be a fantastic photo here. It would certainly eclipse the museum and the center,” he said.

He added, “I’m interested in politics. I’m, you know, I’m fascinated by all the gossip and stuff that goes on. But the field won’t become clear till after the midterms.”

Asked whether he had any advice to offer the Republican Party, he said with a smile, “You will exist in the future.”

The George W. Bush Presidential Center at SMU opens to the public Wednesday with a star-studded list of guests, including former presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will also attend, and President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address.

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