Jeb Bush 2016 run: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said he will not rule out trying to become the third Bush to hold the nation’s highest office.
Jeb Bush, the former Republican governor, said on Monday that joining the 2016 presidential race is not out of the question for him.
“I won’t [rule it out] but I’m not going to declare to today, either. That’s way off into the future,” Bush, the younger brother of former President George W. Bush, told NBC’s “Today Show.”
“I have a voice and I want to share my beliefs about how the conservative movement and the Republican Party can regain its footing, because we’ve lost our way,” he added.
Bush is conducting interviews with the media this week to promote his book, “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution,” and will meet with Republican leaders in Coral Gables, Florida, according to CNN. He will join other presumed Republican presidential hopefuls, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
Bush, who served two terms as Florida’s governor from 1999 to 2007, also said he supports Christie. “I love the man,” he said in the interview. “I think Gov. Christie is a part of the future of the Republican Party for sure.”
During the last election cycle, it was speculated that Bush might be a potential candidate for the Republicans, but he declined to run.
Bush also criticized President Barack Obama’s ongoing attempts to come to a deal with Congressional leaders over the sequester cuts.
“The president kind of led the charge to say that widows and orphans were going to be out on the street, and so when it didn’t happen, he actually himself kind of stepped back on Friday and said it wasn’t going to happen that way,” said Bush.
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