George W. Bush said he thinks his brother, Jeb, "wants to be president."
The Associated Press reported
that the former president made the bold statement in a Thursday interview on "Fox & Friends" with co-host Brian Kilmeade.
He said he and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush were together on Wednesday for the Warrior Open, a charity golf tournament held in honor of U.S. service members, where he and Jeb held a public conversation about working on behalf of veterans.
"I, of course, was pushing him to run for president. He, of course, was saying 'I haven't made up my mind,'" George explained. "I don’t think he liked it that his older brother was pushing him," he continued with a laugh.
"I think he'd be a great president. He understands what it's like to be president, for not only the person running or serving, plus family. He's seen his dad. He's seen his brother."
Much of the Republican establishment is encouraging Jeb Bush to enter the 2016 race, but his level of interest is unclear seven years after leaving the Florida governor's mansion.
Other potential Republican candidates have been far more active in national politics recently, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. On the Democratic side, Hillary Rodham Clinton is the overwhelming front-runner should she enter the race.
Concluding the interview, George said his brother is "a very thoughtful man and he's weighing his options."
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