George P. Bush: Jeb Would Make 'Fantastic President'

Image: George P. Bush: Jeb Would Make 'Fantastic President' George P. Bush, left, and Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

Tuesday, 11 Mar 2014 02:29 AM

By Melanie Batley

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush "would make a fantastic president" and is seriously considering a bid for the White House in 2016, his son George P. Bush said.

The 37-year-old, who last week handily won the GOP nomination for Texas land commissioner, told The Sunday Times, "He would lend a lot to the conservative movement and our country."

"He has said to me personally he's going to weigh it for the next year, and after the election, he will make his decision. But he's said he'll only do it if he does it with joy in his heart and he feels he can really add value to the discussion, and if it's good for the family."

Former first lady Barbara Bush said in an interview earlier this year that she hoped Jeb would not make a bid for the White House, believing there are more families than the "Kennedys, Clintons, and Bushes" who are qualified to run the country.

Last week, however, she told Fox News's Steve Doocy that she thought Jeb is "the best qualified person in the country" to be president.

In his interview with the Times, George P. Bush said of his grandmother's remarks, she "caveated the statement to say that she still thinks that my dad and myself would be great public servants," and that he had a "different perspective" from her.

He also acknowledged "the skepticism and the questions that arise with the name 'George Bush'," but added that the family name was "a plus."

Speculation has been mounting in recent weeks about Jeb Bush's intentions for 2016, with people close to him saying he is signaling a serious intention to run.

Allies believe his record and personality could be the right combination to give him star appeal across the country.

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