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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 18:  George P. Bush speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 18: George P. Bush speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)  

George P. Bush: Don’t count father Jeb out as future presidential contender

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

George P. Bush told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that although he wishes his father, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, would enter the 2012 race for the White House, he doesn’t count him out as a future presidential contender.

“I think that time will only continue to benefit not only my uncle’s record [former President George W. Bush], but my dad’s opportunity to run for higher office,” the younger Bush said, while answering whether the notion of “Bush fatigue” has weighed heavily on his father’s electoral considerations. “Make no mistake about it, I think a lot of people sorely miss and would relish some sort of return of that type of approach to leading our country.”

“It’s not do or die in this cycle by any means,” Bush added. “My dad’s a young guy.”

Bush did suggest, however, that the immediate perception of his uncle after he left the White House may have hindered his father’s short-term electoral options.

“For better or for worse, they share the same name, they share the same blood, and kinship, and therefore it’s just difficult,” he said.

George P. Bush himself is widely seen as the heir to his family’s vaunted political legacy. He told TheDC that, having recently returned to Texas from a tour of Afghanistan as an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserves, he is focused first on building his family and his career in real estate.

“My personal goal is to have a few kids and establish a career in business,” the married 35-year-old said. “But I love floating out behind the scenes and who knows, the door maybe open and the right opportunity may arrive in the future.” (Rove: Bachmann should release medical records)

That doesn’t mean Bush is totally removed from politics. He currently co-chairs Maverick PAC (MAVPAC) with former George W. Bush White House liaison to the Jewish Community Jay Zeidman. The PAC, which has focused on Texas politics since its inception in 2004, is expanding nationally for the 2012 election cycle.

The PAC’s goal, Bush says, “is really to engage younger people in the political process.”

“One way in which we can do that is to get them in front of elected officials, people that are running from similar view points, have a similar philosophy and kind of understand the generational issues that are taking place in D.C., especially with respect to the debt,” he said.

Asked what kinds of candidates MAVPAC will support, Bush said, “somebody who’s young, somebody who has the ability to inspire young Americans to get involved in the process.”

“Guys like [Florida Republican Sen.] Marco Rubio,” he continued. “Ideologically speaking, we’re right-center, but we’re kind of big-tent, if that makes sense, on social questions.”

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  • libertyatstake

    Sure, there’s plenty of time for the “smart Bush” to give it run — when the political landscape is more serene. Right now we need a bare-knuckle conservative fighter (read not-a-Bush) to vanquish BHO and the Progressives.

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  • joeaiello

    Now let’s see:
    George senior walked away from the global climate change world agreement in Japan, keeping us locked into oil and giving us the “wonderful climate” we enjoy today.
    “W” ignored all CIA attack warnings, plunged us into two wars while giving millionaires tax breaks, deregulated big oil which cost us the Gulf, deregulated the banks which failed and lost all of our jobs and bankrupted our country in the process.
    Yeah, let’s put the last nail in our coffins and vote in Jeb!

    • 8second.ride

      ““W” ignored all CIA attack warnings, plunged us into two wars while giving millionaires tax breaks, deregulated big oil which cost us the Gulf, deregulated the banks which failed and lost all of our jobs and bankrupted our country in the process.”

      Prove it.

    • spiff

      DO lets see!
      George, senior, didn’t fall for the climate bunk because it was (and has been since proven to be a falsehood to enrich the Dumocrat ex-vice (divorced) big Al), thereby saving our economy…George, Jr., inherited the Klinton appointed heads of the CIA, FBI , NSA…who gave him the same info that led to Klinton bombing a once aspirin factory in some far off land…And now the Dumocrats have forced a “person” that not even they know anything about to lead the Free World…What, have I missed something? Bush, Jr, made mistakes, but he had, and has, principal. He was, and is, an AMERICAN, and did his job as best as was he could with a Congress (Dumocrat) who sought to destroy him, even if it led to the destruction of our Republic. Impeachment and acts of treason come to mind…
      Spiff

  • Tex Expatriate

    Every Bush so far, including and especially Jeb, has been an “open borders, welcome wetbacks!” Bush and a RINO. No more Bush family members until one becomes a true conservative. Are you listening, George P.?

    • laphil

      Thank you. Pretty much what I was just about to post. Jeb never met an amnesty bill he didn’t like.

      • kysteelgirl

        Me too…..

        ATTRITION THRU ENFORCEMENT ONLY

  • http://www.facebook.com/speppers69 speppers69

    The United States is NOT a monarchy!

    No more Kennedy’s!
    No more Bush’s!
    No more Clinton’s!

    PERIOD!!!

    • Buckoux

      “The United States is NOT a monarchy!

      No more Kennedy’s!
      No more Bush’s!
      No more Clinton’s!”

      So important that the above bears repeating.

      • dymo

        No more apostrophe abuse! Apostrophes used with an “s” indicate possession, not a plural.

        • doyouhaveanymoregum

          Agreed on the apostrophe mishaps. Crazy.

          FYI, generally a Monarchy consists of some kid being born as the future king. I’m quite certain a Bush, Clinton or Kennedy were not born as the future president. Agree or disagree, they still have to be voted into office. If they are the rate man or woman for the job, let them have a go regardless of their surname.

          To judge soley on a name is dumb. “Hey, that’s Wayne Gretzky’s (see apostrophe use) kid! He’s going to be one of the greatest hockey players ever!” Actually, his eldest son tried and quit and the next son in line was drafted by the Cubs this year. So…

  • Citizen Jerry

    Read my lips … No new Bushes!

  • Sandy E

    We finally got rid of the Kennedy dynasty, we don’t need a Bush dynasty now. No more Bush’s.

  • texan321

    he is just another progressive and we certainly don’t need that. Open the borders is his call.

    • JPalm

      Yes! Like the Bush family but they had their turn, and all we need now is Bush haters to take away the Tea Party message

  • BarackMugabe

    George P. Bush: Don’t count father Jeb out as future presidential contender

    Yes, count him out. No more Bushes.

  • banjo

    The Bushes would like to believe they have an hereditary entitlement to political office, but Dubya put an end to that. The RINOs are finished in this country, as Juan McCain proved last time around.