Should Jeb Bush run in 2016?
After eight years of President Obama, the highest office in the land will be up for grabs once again. It could go to Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, or a surprise newcomer on the left. On the right, it could go to Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, or the “evil” Jon Huntsman. But there’s something missing, isn’t there? Don’t we need another Bush, at least in the line-up?
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush appeared on TODAY Monday, saying that he hasn’t ruled out running for president in 2016, but that he won’t be declaring anytime soon.
“I have a voice, 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,” Bush told Matt Lauer.
While Bush hasn’t ruled out a 2016 run he said, “I won’t declare today either.”
Instead, Bush talked about the current fiscal problems facing the White House and Congress, including the deep budget cuts going into effect in the coming weeks as a result of the sequester.
“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,” Bush said.
He also opined that the impact of the sequester was “oversold” and that “people are just numbed by this dysfunction and they watch it with their peripheral vision.”
Bush also faulted the GOP and Mitt Romney for the 2012 election loss.
“Gov. Romney put himself in a box, I think, in the primary by trying to out(-conservative) conservatives, some very good conservative candidates, and never really recovered from it,” Bush said.
The key to the minority demographic, according to Bush, is immigration.
“It’s a gateway. If you set a tone that you don’t want people to be part of your team, they don’t join,” he said.
Bush himself supports immigration reform that grants legal status to illegal immigrants, so long as certain conditions are met.
“There has to be some difference between people who come here legally and illegally. It’s just a matter of common sense and a matter of the rule of law,” he said. “If we’re not going to apply the law fairly and consistently, then we’re going to have another wave of illegal immigrants coming into the country.”
Do you think that Jeb Bush should run for president in 2016?