By JERRY HOFFMAN
Since 1980, there has only been one election that did not involve a Bush or a Clinton running for the presidency, and 2016 is shaping up to be what could be a potential head-to-head matchup between former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
This decade old relationship between the two families has seen many changes throughout the years.
After a rough 1992 campaign, the Bush family campaigned strongly against the Clinton’s in 1996, only for Clinton to return the favor in the 2000 elections. During the 2000 elections, George W. Bush actually coined the phrase, “restore honor and dignity to the office of the Presidency,” implying that Clinton had failed to do so, and damaged the image of the leader of the free world.
Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the devastating Haitian earthquake in 2010, the two families finally found a compromise and worked together to raise funds for those impacted by these natural disasters. Although the sad truth is, it took two natural disasters for the two families to see at least somewhat eye to eye.
The question now lies with Americans; can the two families successfully run another campaign? Many say yes due to their unrivaled success in the last few decades, but others may believe that the images of the two families have been tarnished throughout the decisions they have made while in the White House.
When asked about the potential matchup between his brother and Hillary Clinton, former President George W. Bush said that he believed his brother would defeat his adopted “sister-in-law.”
While the relationship between the two political families seems to have improved from previous elections, the upcoming election is bound to hold a great deal of drama and pressure from both the Clinton and the Bush families.