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Is America ready for another George Bush?

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George Bush is going to the Republican National Convention this year. Not George W Bush, not George HW Bush but George Prescott Bush, the eldest son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. He is challenging the republican party to once again be a "big tent" party, especially when it comes to reaching out to hispanics.

As the grandson and nephew of the 41st and 43rd presidents of the United States respectively, George P Bush is the heir to a long political heritage. His father Jeb - the popular former Florida governor -  had until recently been considered a possible vice presidential pick for the Romney ticket this fall.

"In politics it's about timing, and there's also chemistry that's involved. This isn't his time and I think he's at peace with that," George P Bush said of his father. "Of course on a personal level, I'm disappointed, but Governor Romney has some great folks that he can select from."

Jeb Bush has expressed concerns about the state of the republican party, stating that Ronald Reagan would have a hard time getting the nomination from today's GOP.

"I would concur with his assessment, I think we have to be mindful of Reagan's ethos of the big tent theory," said George P Bush. "The Republican party in order to be successful has to include people from all backgrounds, namely the Hispanic community."

Mitt Romney took a tough line on immigration in the republican primaries, but George P Bush says to win over the Hispanic vote, the presumptive nominee needs to focus on the economy.

"I think he needs to focus on kitchen table issues. That's the economy, solving our unemployment issue and dealing with education reform," explained Bush who's mother, Columba Bush, is Mexican-American. "Immigration of course is an issue - it's an important issue to the community - but first and foremost it's about how do we get back on the right track economically."

As for his own political future, George P says he has no specific plans. But he says he may eventually run for office.

"Right now I'm reviewing potential opportunities, and we'll - we'll see where it takes me," he said.

What advice do the Bush elders have for the up and comer?

"The advice is always to make a name in your own right. To be a success in your own capacity, to go out and, and figure out your own niche, your specific niche, before going into elective service," said George P, "I've taken that to heart, and I've followed it."

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