Jeb Bush, a favorite of the Republican establishment, has maintained a high public profile in recent weeks, appearing at
"I hope Jeb runs," the former president said during an interview on CNN. "I think he would be a great president. I have no clue what's on his mind, and we will talk when he's ready."
In a GOP presidential primary, a new poll shows Jeb Bush and Sen.
But the former president said his brother, who has said he won't make a decision until after the November election, is unconcerned with polling.
"He's checking his core, and as he said publicly, 'I'm thinking about my family,'" George W. Bush said. "And of course, he knows full well what a run for the presidency can do on family."
The Bush family is split about the possibility of a third Bush occupying the Oval Office. In appearance on the "Today" show last year, former First Lady Barbara Bush said, "We've had enough Bushes" and that her son Jeb should not run, though she believes he is the most qualified.
In any case, George W. Bush, who ended his term as one of the most unpopular presidents in modern history, said he was ready and willing to offer his counsel to his brother.
"Hey, Jeb, if you need some advice, give me a call," he said during the Thursday interview.