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TODAY   |  April 26, 2013

David Gregory weighs in on Jeb Bush candidacy

The host of “Meet the Press” comments on Barbara Bush’s remarks about whether her son Jeb Bush should make a White House run, and assesses how seriously people should take her statement.

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>> before the ceremony matt sat down with the three generations.

>> is he by far the best qualified man but no, i really don't. i think it's a great country. there are a lot of great families, and it's not just four families or whatever. they're just, there are other people out there that are very qualified and we've had enough bushes.

>> how is that playing in washington? david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." good morning, good to see you.

>> good morning but.

>> one of the endearing things about mrs. bush is she does tend to speak her mind sometimes. what is the read in political circles?

>> first you wonder where w. got it, president bush you know very well he comes from his mother in that respect in being disarmingly candid or direct as president clinton said yesterday. look i think the effect is potentially chilling on her son, jeb bush but i think that can also be interpreted as a shot across the bow to hillary clinton as well. she's an astute political observer. let's look at the humanity in this, she's seen her husband go through the rigors of the presidency and politics and has watched her son be vilified after two terms in the white house . you can understand a mother who doesn't want her other son to go through that.

>> what position does this put jeb bush in? that clip is going to be played over and over and over again if he decides to run.

>> my sense is jeb bush has irritation with the political class as he came out with his book on immigration. that said he could redefine conservatism and expand the base of the party. he'll be able to raise a great deal of money but there's one other thing to consider, a familial concern, his son, george p., is someone who is politically ambitious, running for land commissioner in texas he wants to raise a lot of money as well and has a bright political future. you never know whether dad may step out of the way to clear the path for his son.