Dubya on Jeb 2016: 50-50 Odds
Former governor 'wrestling with the decision,' says former prez
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 9, 2014 11:37 AM CST
In this Aug. 10, 2004 file photo, President George W. Bush, left, is introduced by his brother Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.   (Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – Former President George W. Bush is giving even odds about whether another Bush will try to occupy the White House. Brother Jeb, a former Florida governor, is "wrestling with the decision" of running for the Republican nomination in 2016, George W. Bush says. "I think it's 50-50," the former president told CBS' Face the Nation. "He and I are very close. On the other hand, he's not here knocking on my door, you know, agonizing about the decision. He knows exactly, you know, the ramifications on family, for example. He's seen his dad and his brother go through the presidency. I'd give it a tossup." The former president was more conservative in his estimate than another family member. Jeb Bush's son George P. Bush said two weeks ago it was more likely than not that the former Florida governor would move forward.

George W. Bush said he would be "all in" for his brother if he decides to run for the office and would do whatever he asks, even if it's to stay behind the scenes. As for their mother's position that enough Bushes have run for president, he said, "Sometimes her prognostications haven't been very accurate." George W. Bush is promoting 41, a book about his father, former President George H.W. Bush. "One of the lessons you learn from George H.W. Bush is that you can go into politics and still be a good father," George W. Bush said when asked if it's worth putting a family through a presidential campaign. "I put our family through it," he responded.