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George W. Bush: Jeb 'Wants to Be President'

WACO, TX - AUGUST 31: Former U.S. President George W. Bush attends a game between the Southern Methodist Mustangs and the Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium on August 31, 2014 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Ronald Martinez / Getty Images

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Former President George W. Bush says he thinks his brother Jeb “wants to be president.”

In an interview with FOX News, the former president says Jeb Bush understands what it takes to run for and serve as the commander in chief.

"Yes, I think he wants to be president," he said. "I think he'd be a great president. He understands what it's like to be president -- for not only the person running or serving, plus family,” he said.

Bush added that his brother is "a very thoughtful man and he's weighing his options."

The younger Bush has been campaigning aggressively for Republican candidates running this midterm cycle, and he remains much discussed as a potential 2016 candidate. But it’s unclear whether he would have the full support of a Republican establishment that’s also eying Gov. Chris Christie and other possible contenders, and the primary is likely to be a contentious one that pits more mainstream GOP hopefuls against conservative firebrands like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

It's also not clear that Jeb Bush wants to RUN for president. He's made his distaste known for the negativity of campaigns, saying at the beginning of this year that he would only run if he could do so “joyfully… because I think we need to have candidates lift our spirits.” He’s also suggested that family matters could prevent him from entering the race.

— Carrie Dann

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