Barbara Bush: No more political dynasties
'If we can’t find more than two or three families to run for higher office, that’s silly.'
By JOSE DELREAL | 1/16/14 4:20 PM EST
Don’t expect former first lady Barbara Bush to be hosting any “Jeb Bush for President” fundraisers anytime soon.
In an interview airing Monday on C-SPAN as part of the channel’s First Ladies series, the Bush matriarch says she isn’t too keen on Jeb making a presidential bid, citing her belief the country should look beyond just “Kennedys, Clintons, Bushes.”“If we can’t find more than two or three families to run for higher office, that’s silly. Because there are great governors and great eligible people to run,” Bush said in the interview. “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.”
The former first lady, while giving her son Jeb Bush a strong vote of confidence, said, “[T]here’s no question in my mind that Jeb is the best-qualified person to run for president, but I hope he won’t,” she said. “There are other families. I refuse to accept that this great country isn’t raising other wonderful people.”
The full interview will air Jan. 20 at 9 p.m.