There’s no question that Jeb Bush is the most qualified candidate for president in 2016, Barbara Bush tells C-Span in an interview that was just released as part of the channel’s first lady series.
With Chris Christie confronted with questions about Bridge-gate/Bridge-ghazi, there has been much speculation of late about how the scandal may clear the way for the former governor of Florida to enter the race for the White House.
His mother’s endorsement, however, comes with a caveat. As proud as she is of her progeny — she mentions her grandchildren — she’s definitely not interested in another President Bush:
“I think this is a great American country, great country, and if we can’t find more than two or three families to run for high office, that’s silly, because there are great governors and great eligible people to run. And I think that the Kennedys, Clintons, Bushes, there are just more families than that. And I’m not arrogant enough to think that we alone are raising, but we’re — we’re raising public servants, whether they’re feeding the poor, like Lauren [the co-founder of FEED projects] is, who’s fed 68 million children around the world, or Barbara [CEO of Global Health Corps], who’s bringing global health to the world, or Pierce is working for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. But there are a lot of ways to serve. And being president is not the only one. And I would hope that someone else would run, although there’s no question in my mind that Jeb is the best qualified person to run for president, but I hope he won’t, because I think he’ll get all my enemies, all his brother’s, all. And there are other families. I refuse to accept that this great country isn’t raising other wonderful people.”
It’s not the first time the former first lady has riffed on this topic. When she was asked a similar question in April, she said, “We’ve had enough Bushes.”