ABC News' Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) reports:
Since Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the presidential race much has been made of the similarities — and differences — between Perry and his predecessor in the Texas governor’s office, George W. Bush.
There has been no love lost between the Perry and Bush camps in recent years with sparring among their top advisers and public criticism leveled against the former president’s record by Perry, himself.
But when asked in an interview on Tuesday whether there was any pent up hostility between the two big Texas political families, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush insisted that there was not.
“I’ve never heard anybody in my family say anything but good things about Rick Perry,” Bush told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto.
Cavuto noted that former top Bush adviser Karl Rove “didn’t waste a nanosecond” before criticizing Perry’s recent assertion that the actions of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke border on treason.
“Karl probably would have said that if any candidate said it,” Bush said.
So, is there any lingering friction between Rove and Perry?
“Maybe with Karl,” Bush acknowledged, but added: “not with my brother, with my dad, not with me at all. I admire him. And I think Texas has got a great story and he can legitimately talk about that story as a candidate for president.”
The former Florida governor, who repeated on Tuesday that he would not be a candidate for president in 2012, also rejected Jon Huntsman’s statement to ABC’s Jake Tapper on “This Week” that some candidates in the GOP presidential field were “too far to the right” to be electable.
“I like Jon Huntsman a lot and I think his voice should be heard, and we need to be a broad party with divergent point of views — that’s fine. But Ronald Reagan was a conservative and everybody said the exact same thing about him — that he couldn’t win, that there’s no way — and he’s unelectable,” Bush said. “The pundits typically get these things wrong, so I would humbly suggest to you that being a conservative is not necessarily a bad thing. But if you’re a conservative, you have to persuade, you have to defend a position. You can’t just be against the president.”
Bush went on to defend Perry for raising questions on the campaign trail about the causes of global warming.
“I think Governor Perry, as it relates to global warming, has every right to suggest that it’s not a certainty that it is all disproportionately man made,” he said.