Jeb Bush, two-term former governor of Florida and brother of former president George W. Bush, has called on Barack Obama to stop blaming his brother for the poor economic conditions that have unfolded during the past 3½ years of his presidency.
"I mean, look, the guy (Obama) was dealt a difficult hand, no question about it," Bush said on NBC's Meet The Press. "But he's had three years. His policies have failed."
Mr. Obama, elected in 2008, faces an uphill battle convincing voters that he bares no responsibility for a massive $6 trillion increase in the U.S. deficit under his watch and the persistent economic woes that have plagued the country. A string of bad jobs reports and a rise in unemployment are the legacies of his 2012 campaign, conditions he continues to blame others for.
The president failed to get one Democratic or Republican vote for his budget earlier this year and the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate failed to even offer a budget proposal.
While Obama has as of late refrained from mentioning former president George Bush by name while campaigning, one of the president’s main talking points say that Republican Mitt Romney is seeking to revive the economic policies that led to the financial meltdown of 2008.
Jeb Bush, during an NBC interview, said Obama should "offer some fresh new solutions to the problems that we face," however added, "That's not going to happen between now and Election Day."
There was rampant speculation in the media that Jeb Bush, who is still popular in Florida, might run for the highest office earlier this year; however Bush often publicly stated he would not run for office in 2012. Jeb Bush has not ruled out nor suggested he would explore the notion of a 2016 presidential campaign.
When asked about his family’s service to country, Jeb Bush mentioned his grandfather Prescott Bush, a senator from Connecticut, saying, “I think in the case of my grandfather and my dad and my brother, I think they all served with honor and distinction. They love this country and they always put their country first.”