Jeb Bush: Sarah Palin Not 'Intellectual' Enough

'I don't know what her deal is,' ex-governor says

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 25, 2010 8:06 AM CST

(Newser) – Jeb Bush doesn’t think too highly of Sarah Palin. Asked how he felt about Alaska’s ex-governor in a recent Newsmax interview, Bush replied that Palin was a “natural” with a lot of “charisma.” But to be a good candidate for higher office, she’ll need to add a “depth of understanding of the complexity of life we're living in today."

“That’s up to her,” he added. “I mean, I don’t know what her deal is, but my belief is in 2010 and 2012, public leaders need to have intellectual curiosity.” You can see the video of the interview here.

A 2006 file photo of Jeb Bush, then governor of Florida.
A 2006 file photo of Jeb Bush, then governor of Florida.   (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is greeted at a Republican Party fund-raising dinner in North Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is greeted at a Republican Party fund-raising dinner in North Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Jeb Bush doesn't think Sarah Palin has much intellectual curiosity.
Jeb Bush doesn't think Sarah Palin has much "intellectual curiosity."   (Associated Press)
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