George W. Bush: I think my brother wants to be president


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Washington (CNN) — Former President George W. Bush said Thursday that he thinks his brother Jeb Bush wants to be president.

The former president said he is encouraging his brother Jeb to run for the Oval Office — a move the former Florida governor is considering.

“He and I did a conversation. I of course was pushing him to run for president. He of course was saying, ‘I haven’t made up my mind,'” the former President said in a Fox News interview. “I think he wants to be president.”

Bush added that his brother would “be a great president,” noting that his brother “understands what it’s like to be president.”

“He’s seen his dad, he’s seen his brother. And so he’s a very thoughtful man and he’s — he’s weighing his options,” Bush 43 said.

Bush told CNN’s Jake Tapper in May that he hoped his brother would run, but had “no clue” what was on his brother’s mind.

Other immediate family members haven’t been as encouraging.

Barbara Bush, the former first lady and wife of the first President George Bush, said in January she hopes “he won’t” make a bid for the White House.

“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,” the family matriarch said. “And there are other families. I refuse to accept that this great country isn’t raising other wonderful people.”

Those comments came after she said in April 2013 that “We’ve had enough Bushes” on NBC’s “Today.”

Even Jeb Bush’s son, George P. Bush, wouldn’t say whether he would endorse his father if he ran for president in 2016.

“I’m staying out of that race,” the young Bush, who is running for Texas land commissioner, said earlier this month.

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