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The One-Word Problem George W. Bush Says His Brother Jeb Faces as a Potential Presidential Candidate

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“That’s why you won’t see me out there, and he doesn’t need to defend me, and he’s totally different from me."

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The one problem Jeb Bush faces as a potential presidential candidate?

According to his bother George, it can be summed up in one word: "me."

The former president, speaking to an audience of approximately 7,000 health IT experts Wednesday, talked about a potential third Bush in the White House.

“It’s an easy line to say, ‘Haven’t we had enough Bushes?’ After all, even my mother said, ‘Yes,’” he said, according to Politico.

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“That’s why you won’t see me out there, and he doesn’t need to defend me, and he’s totally different from me," the elder Bush continued. "The role of family is not to be a political adviser or a policy adviser — there are plenty of those around — the role is to say, ‘Hey man, I love you.’"

“So I said to Jeb, ‘Hang in there; you can do the job. Will you win? I hope so but I don’t know. But if he does he’d be a damn good president I’ll tell you that.”

Speaking at the annual conference for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Bush added the campaign will be tough on all the candidates.

“It’s going to be a hard test for everyone, but it should be," he said, according to Politico. "You want to see these candidates under pressure, see them fail and succeed so you have a better idea how they’ll handle the pressures of the job. Jeb has actually run something, called a state. That’s a skill that comes in handy where you’re in charge of a very complex multifaceted organization.”

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