UPDATE with new information.

Former President George H.W. Bush, who has already seen one son, George W., serve in the Oval Office said that he would like to see a second son, Jeb, be president one day. Could that be possible? Or have we had enough Bushes in the White House for a while. Read more about it below, see photos and watch a video.

Governor Jeb Bush

UPDATED 1/6/09: In a statement released today, Governor Jeb Bush said he would not be running for the Senator Mel Martinez (R-Fl) open seat.

“After thoughtful consideration, I have decided not to run for the United States Senate in 2010,” said Bush. “While the opportunity to serve my state and country during these turbulent and dynamic times is compelling, now is not the right time to return to elected office.”

Without Jeb in the senate race, this most likely will encourage a gaggle of competitors in the primary.


Jeb Bush, who’s 56 years old, is George W. Bush’s younger brother and the former popular governor of Florida. Reportedly he is mulling over a run for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Mel Martinez who is retiring. However, when his beloved dad – Bush 41 – was asked in an interview about Jeb Bush’s consideration of the Martinez Senate seat, Bush 41 said:

“I’d like to see him run. I’d like to see him be president someday.”

When asked if he was serious, he said:

“Or maybe senator. Whatever. Yes, I would. I mean, right now is probably a bad time, because we’ve had enough Bushes in there. But no, I would. And I think he’s as qualified and able as anyone I know on the political scene. Now, you’ve got to discount that. He’s my son.”

Jeb served as Florida’s governor from 1999 until 2007 and enjoyed high approval ratings. He might already have been president, had he won his first bid for the governor’s office in Florida in 1994 – which he lost – and had his older brother lost his first bid for governor in Texas that year, which he won. Fate is funny. It tends to favor the winners.

I have no doubt Jeb Bush would be an awesome senator for the state of Florida. It seems the decision to run would be predicated on how best to rehabilitate the Bush brand that has been shredded over the last eight years, as well as the Republican Party; consequently laying the groundwork for a future presidential run.

Republicans are desparately seeking a national voice that will pave the way back to the White House. Could Jeb Bush be the GOP’s way out of the wilderness?

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