By Justin Sink - 11/20/12 04:35 PM EST
Jeb Bush, Jr., the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said Tuesday he hopes his father becomes the third member of his family to seek the presidency — and called a recent comment by one likely challenger for the Republican nomination "strange."
Bush was asked during an interview on CNN whether he wanted to see his father, who had flirted with a presidential bid last year before ultimately deciding not to run, seek the nomination in 2016.
Bush went on to question a recent comment by Sen. Marco Rubio, a fellow Floridian who is also thought to be weighing a run. Rubio raised eyebrows on Monday when, in an interview published in GQ, Rubio called the age of the earth “one of the great mysteries.”
“I'm not a scientist, man,” Rubio said. “I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that's a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States.”
Bush said that was "kind of a strange response" to a "strange question."
“We’ve got to be a kind of pro-science and pro-technology party. And I think Marco Rubio is just that,” Bush continued. “On the Earth question, I guess I have to read more closely in terms of getting a better understanding, but, yeah, kind of a strange response, I guess.”