Barbara Bush on Jeb: “We’ve had enough Bushes”

The former First Lady said she doesn't want her son to run for President

Topics: Jeb Bush, Barbara Bush, George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Republicans, 2016 Elections,

Barbara Bush on Jeb: "We've had enough Bushes"FILE - In a Tuesday, June 12, 2012 file photo, former President George H.W. Bush, and his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, arrive for the premiere of HBO's new documentary on his life near the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. The 41st president will spend Christmas in a Houston hospital after developing a fever and weakness following a monthlong, bronchitis-like cough. Bush’s spokesman Jim McGrath said Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, that doctors remain “cautiously optimistic” that he will recover, but they want to keep him in the hospital. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) (Credit: AP)

Former First Lady Barbara Bush says that though she thinks Jeb Bush is a strong candidate for the presidency in 2016, she doesn’t want him to run. “We’ve had enough Bushes,” she said on “The Today Show.”

“He’s by far the best qualified man, but no,” she continued. “I really don’t. I think it’s a great country, there are a lot of great families, and it’s not just four families or whatever. There are other people out there that are very qualified, and we’ve had enough Bushes.”

Bush added that she doesn’t think Jeb, the former governor of Florida, will run: “He’s the most qualified, but I don’t think he’ll run.”

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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