Former President George W. Bush has a message for the Republican Party: “You will exist in the future.”
In an interview with ABC News that aired on Wednesday, Bush added that his brother Jeb Bush would make a great candidate in 2016. “He’d be a marvelous candidate, if he chooses to do so,” Bush said, adding, “He doesn’t need my counsel ’cause he knows what it is, which is ‘run!'”
Bush’s comments about the GOP come at a time when the party is working to rebuild after losses in the 2012 election. The Republican National Committee in March released a post-mortem on the election, which concluded that the party needs to adopt a more inclusive tone. That message has hit a few speed bumps at the local level.
Bush has been on a media tour ahead of the opening of his presidential library in Dallas. Bush, President Obama and the other living U.S. Presidents are scheduled to attend the library’s opening ceremony on Thursday.
Watch the interview segment: