In April 2013, Barbara Bush famously declared that America had “had enough Bushes.” She’s since changed her tune, and now, in her first public appearance on behalf of son Jeb Bush‘s campaign, she’s urging voters to cast their ballots for her second-eldest son.
In a new video ad obtained by CNN, Barbara praises Jeb for being “a very good father, a wonderful son” and a hard worker with a big heart.
In an apparent dig at GOP front-runner Donald Trump, she adds, “When push comes to shove, people are going to realize Jeb has real solutions. Rather than talking about how popular they are, how great they are, he’s doing it because he sees a huge need and it’s not being filled by anybody,” she says. “Of all the people running, he seems to be the one who can solve the problems. I think he’ll be a great president.”
Another famous Bush may be campaigning for Jeb soon.
The GOP hopeful’s campaign is currently debating how to best deploy his older brother, former president George W. Bush.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we see 43 on the trail in South Carolina,” said Dorothy Bush Koch, Jeb and George W.’s sister, on a call for administration alums, according to The New York Times.
And at a recent town hall in Hampton, New Hampshire, Jeb said, “I’m sure my brother is going to be campaigning by my side, all that stuff is going to happen, but I got to win this.”
“There are people who think it’s a little odd for a third Bush to be president of the United States,” he continued. “The expectations on me are higher because of that. Fine. You know who has higher expectations than the conventional wisdom? Me.”
As for Jeb’s mother, she spoke out about her change of heart in a new hand-written letter: “People ask me if I wanted Jeb to run. The answer was no as the sacrifice for his family was huge. I changed my mind as it became clear that he is needed.”
She does, however, “admit to being prejudiced, as I am his mother.”