Jeb Bush Jr. wants father to run for president, calls Rubio remark 'strange'

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.


"I don't know. No comment. I certainly hope so — giving you the full loaf of bread right there," Bush responded.

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.”