Another Bush the the White House? Jeb Bush Mulls 2016 Run
Another Bush is considering a run for the White House. On Sunday, Jeb Bush, the younger brother of George W. Bush and former Florida governor, admitted that he just may be considering a 2016 bid and would make a decision by the end of the year.
In a slightly rambling and evasive answer during the 25th anniversary of his father’s presidency that later aired, in part, on Fox News, Bush said that there were many factors that would determine if he ultimately would throw his hat into the ring.
First up, Bush said he would only run if he could avoid political mudslinging and maneuvering and “run with a hopeful, optimistic message, hopefully with enough detail to give people a sense that it’s not just idle words and not get back into the vortex of the mud fight.”
Explaining that the current political situation has degraded to the point that it no longer served the best interests of the American people, he also noted that if he did decide to run for president on the GOP ticket, it would only be if he could do it right and in his own way.
“In my case, that means can one do it joyfully without being tied to all the convention of the here and now?” he stressed.
One thing that might keep him away from a 2016 bid, he added, were the huge sacrifices required by not only him, but his entire family, if he is a candidate.
Bush also downplayed the fact that his name has been increasingly mentioned for the 2016 spot even without announcing a bid.
“And it turns out that not running has generated more interest than if I said I was running,” he smiled. “It’s kind of weird. I’m not that smart, I promise you, it just kind of happened that way.”
One stumbling block for younger brother Bush, if he does chose to vie for a 2016 spot, is his views on Common Core, which are in opposition the GOP majority. Despite the fact that he disagrees with most Republicans, though, Bush said during the anniversary that he was not going to change his mind.
“I guess I’ve been out of office for awhile,” Bush said. “So the idea that something I support that people are opposed to, it means that I have to stop supporting it if there’s not any reason based on fact to do that? I just — maybe it’s stubbornness, but I just don’t seem compelled to run for cover when I think this is the right thing to do for our country.”