Jeb Bush notes a 'split ballot' on his presidential future
Former first lady Barbara Bush famously said in April that she wasn't a fan of the idea of another Bush running for president, answering a question about her son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and his potential 2016 aspirations.
But how does his father, former President George H.W. Bush, feel about the idea? Jeb Bush says there's a "split ballot amongst the Bush senior family" over the issue.
"Pretty sure that's the case," Bush said with laughter in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC's "This Week."
While Jeb Bush has been widely considered as a potential contender in the next presidential cycle, the former governor has done little to stoke speculation that he's actively plotting a move.
In a Father's Day tribute, Bush talked about his dad, who turned 89 last week - about six months after illness kept him in the hospital for several weeks.
"I think it was hard at first for my dad to transition to being immobile. I think he's found the right balance," he said. "I think he's in a good place. He's mentally alert. He's funny as all get-out. He's spiritually in a place that we all should envy. He's more comfortable with his age. And that makes me happy."
Bush, who lost a 1994 gubernatorial run in Florida, reflected on his father's defeat in 1992 when he ran for a second term in the White House.
"It makes you better, you learn and grow. And I think my dad's post-presidency, he didn't miss a beat. He didn't get into any kind of 'woe is me.' He dusted himself off and led an incredible life since 1993," he said.
Asked what Father's Day was like in the Bush household, Bush said he doesn't recall ever having a celebration of his father.
"It was always about us. So, I honestly believe that he's the best dad and the best man I've ever met," he said.
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