Former President Bush Urges Younger Brother Jeb to ‘Run’ in 2016

Former President George W. Bush urged his brother, ex-Florida Governor Jeb Bush, to run for president in 2016, saying a match-up against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would make a great race.

“He’d be a marvelous candidate if he chooses to do so,” Bush, 66, said in an interview with ABC News broadcast last night. “He doesn’t need my counsel because he knows what it is, which is ‘run.’”

Jeb Bush, 60, has said he’s still undecided about whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Al Cardenas, one of his longtime political associates, said last month that the younger Bush is “open” to a campaign.

The former president, who will be dedicating his presidential library today in Dallas, told ABC that a race between his brother and Clinton would be a “fantastic photo here.” George and Jeb Bush’s father, former President George H.W. Bush, lost his bid for re-election in 1992 to Clinton’s husband, Bill Clinton.

“I’m interested in politics,” Bush said. “I’m fascinated by all the gossip and stuff that goes on. But the field won’t be become clear until after the midterms,” referring to the 2014 congressional elections.

The elder Bush, Bill Clinton and former President Jimmy Carter are scheduled to attend the library dedication at Southern Methodist University. President Barack Obama also is planning to be there.

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