Former President George W. Bush, who has been open about his close relationship with Bill Clinton, laughed and classified Hillary Clinton as his "sister-in-law" during a CNN interview
this week, but even that didn’t keep him from placing his bet on brother Jeb Bush in 2016.
Candy Crowley, host of "State of the Union" for CNN, mentioned Bush’s past references to Bill Clinton as his "brother from another mother" and, after Bush labeled his relationship with Hillary Clinton as that of "sister-in-law," she asked:
"Do you think that your brother could run against your sister-in-law?"
"Yeah, and I think he’d beat her."
"She’s formidable," Crowley said.
"Very much so. No question. So is he though," Bush said, reiterating his support of Jeb Bush.
Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are strong contenders for a potential 2016 presidential race, but Bush didn’t give away anything during the interview about his brother’s intentions to run.
"When you're weighing the presidency, you think, do I fear success? Can I handle it if I win? On paper, it seems like maybe an easy task. On the other hand, when you really start to think about the implications of being president, some people go, 'Well, I’m really not sure I can handle that' and back off," Bush told Crowley.
Jeb, he said with certainty, doesn’t fear success or failure.
"He's not rushing into running for the presidency," Bush told Crowley. "I have no clue where his head is right now. People say, 'Convince your brother to run.' You can’t convince him to run. Only he can make the decision, and pushing him doesn’t help, by the way."
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