Former President George W. Bush said in an interview broadcast Sunday that chances are “50-50” that his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will run for president in 2016.

“You know, it's a lot of speculation about him,” the former president said on “Face the Nation.” “I occasionally fuel the speculation by saying that I hope he runs. I think he'd be a very good president. I understand the decision making process pretty well. And I'm-- I-- you know, I know that he's wrestling with the decision.”

George W. Bush added that his brother is “not here knocking on my door, you know, agonizing about the decision.”


“He knows exactly -- you know, the ramifications on family, for example. He's seen his dad and his brother go through the presidency. I would give it-- I'd give it a toss up. I know this about Jeb. He is not afraid to succeed. In other words, I think he knows he could do the job. And nor is he afraid to fail.”

George W. Bush said his father, former President George H.W. Bush, taught the brothers that “you can go into politics and still be a good father.”

“In other words, the priorities of your life don't have to be compromised,” the former president said. “I know Jeb's priority is his family. A priority is his family. I also know it's his country. And his deep faith. And he has seen that you don't have to sell those out in order to be a politician.” 

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