George P. Bush – the son of Jeb.
He says he is willing to wait his turn if Perry doesn’t decide to step aside, and he sees his Hispanic heritage as a major asset.
“We’ve said that we want to be team players in the party, providing a younger, fresher vision for our values,” he said in the interview Friday.
Bush speaks Spanish, and his mother Columba is from Mexico. Conservatives view George P. Bush on the ballot as a way to solidify support among Hispanics.
A Democrat has not won statewide office in Texas since 1994, but Hispanics tend to vote overwhelmingly Democratic and accounted for two-thirds of Texas’ population growth over the last decade. Bush noted: “We’ll be majority Hispanic in six years.”
“I don’t necessarily agree with the idea that having a candidate of Hispanic origin, or someone who can speak Spanish, can automatically obtain these votes,” Bush said of Hispanics. “Having said that, it’s important tactically to have candidates that understand issues of the community.”
Bush’s mother has said that one of the reasons she and Jeb Bush left Texas for Florida in the 1970s was because she felt like she had experienced racism here. But George P. Bush said, “the way I view it, rather than an issue of discomfort, is economic opportunity.”
“This has been, at least for our generation, the best place to be economically,” he said of Texas and its record of strong job creation.
He said he didn’t think there was more intolerance toward Hispanics in Texas.
“Obviously, I think that issue exists wherever you go,” he said. “I don’t think it’s just unique here.”
Bush said of trying to stand out among his famous political family, “It’s always been the thing of my grandmother to say, `Go out and make a name for yourself’ and that’s something that I’ve followed.”