Barbara Bush on Jeb Run: "We've Had Enough Bushes"

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013  |  Updated 11:15 AM EDT
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Amid the celebration surrounding the opening of George W. Bush's presidential library, his mother and former first lady Barbara Bush is brushing aside talk of a Jeb Bush run for the White House.

Appearing in an interview Thursday on NBC's "Today" show, Mrs. Bush was asked how she felt about Jeb, the former governor of Florida, seeking the presidency in 2016.

"We've had enough Bushes," she said.

She still called her son "by far the best-qualified man," but went on to say she thought there were many worthy candidates.

“It’s a great country. There are a lot of great families and it’s not just four families,” she said.

Mrs. Bush, who had a reputation for bluntness when her husband George H.W. Bush was president, spoke from the site of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

On Wednesday, George W. Bush told ABC News he’s on board for a possible presidential bid by his brother.

Jeb Bush would be "a marvelous candidate if he chooses to do so. He doesn't need my counsel 'cause he knows what it is, which is 'run,'" Bush said.
 

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