Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the son and brother of former presidents, should not seek the White House too, his mother said in a newly released interview.
"There's no question in my mind that Jeb is the most qualified person to run for president, but I hope he won't," former first lady Barbara Bush said in an interview for C-SPAN's series on the wives of presidents. "Because I think he'll get all my enemies, all his brother's. And there are other families. I refuse to accept that this great country isn't raising other wonderful people."
Barbara Bush is the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, who served as president from 1989-1993, and the mother of former President George W. Bush, who was president from 2001-2009.
Two possible presidential candidates for the next election in 2016 — Republican Jeb Bush and Democrat Hillary Clinton — have ties to past presidents. (Neither has announced formal plans to run.)
In her C-SPAN interview, Barbara Bush said the position would be better left to another family.
"The Kennedys, the Clintons, the Bushes, there's just more families than that," she said.
After C-SPAN posted the interview, Jeb Bush sent this tweet:
What date is Mother's Day this year? Asking for a friend.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) January 17, 2014
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