WASHINGTON, November 10. /TASS/. The former US President George W. Bush gives 50% odds to his brother Jeb participation in presidential elections in 2016, the 43th US president stated in his interview with CBS aired Sunday.
Many members of the Republican Party that the Bush political dynasty make part of are persuading Jeb, who was a governer of Florida from 1999 to 2007, to take part in the forthcoming presidential race.
“I know that he is wrestling with the decision” – George W. Bush said. The former president said that chances for Jeb, who is now 61 years old, are “50-50.”
“We are very close. But on the other hand, he is not knocking on my door, agonizing about the decision. He knows exactly, you know, the ramifications on family, for example,” said the 68-year-old former president George W. Bush.
He assured that he will fully support Jeb’s decision to participate in the presidential election. And when he was reminded of how their mother Barbara once said that she is against another presidential run by a family member, Bush answered that “sometimes her prognostications were not very accurate.”
The interview was recorded in connection with the release on Tuesday of “41: A Portrait of My Father", a new book by George Bush, Jr. about his father, former President George H.W. Bush. George Bush, Sr., now aged 90, was the 41th US president. The book, in particular, says that Bush seriously considered not attempting re-election as President in 1992. He then lost to Democrat Bill Clinton.