Jeb Bush: ‘Split ballot’ among parents over possible 2016 run

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) said his parents are “split” about whether he should run for president in 2016.

“I think we’ve got a split ballot amongst the Bush senior family,” Bush said in an interview which aired Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “Pretty sure that’s the case,” he joked.

Bush is seen as a heavyweight contender for the GOP nomination, following in the footsteps of his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and brother, former President George W. Bush.

But the former Florida governor’s mother said earlier this year that the country had seen “enough Bushes,” and that she did not want her son to run for higher office.

Bush in the ABC interview though suggested his father felt differently. 

Bush also praised his father in the Father’s Day interview, calling him the “best man I’ve ever met.”

“Every day was Father’s Day as far as I’m concerned,” Bush said. “I don’t remember having like a celebration of him ever. It was always about us. So I honestly believe he’s the best dad and the best man I’ve ever met.

“I’ve met a lot of people now that I’m 60,” Bush added. “So that’s – I’m not kidding. The guy’s unbelievable and he keeps coming back for more.”

The former president spent 2 months in the hospital in December and January.

Jeb Bush said his father was taking his health challenges in stride. 

“I think it was hard at first for my dad to transition to being immobile. I think he’s found the right balance. I think he’s in a good place. He’s mentally alert,” he said. “He’s spiritually in a place that we all should envy. He’s more comfortable with his age and that makes me happy.”

The senior Bush celebrated his 89th birthday on Wednesday. 

His presidential library asked people to wear “exuberant socks” to celebrate the event. The former president is known for often wearing colorful socks. 

At the dedication to his son George W. Bush’s presidential library earlier this year, Bush wore striped red, white and blue socks.