Jeb Bush is “moving forward” with a 2016 presidential bid, according to his son, Jeb P. Bush, who is running for office in Texas.
According to the Washington Post, Jeb Bush’s son, Jeb P. Bush, appeared earlier today on ABC’s This Week, saying that his father is “still assessing” a presidential bid, but it seems “more than likely” he’ll seek the presidency this time.
The brother of former president George W. Bush and son of former president George H.W. Bush, has long been a frontrunner in the Republican Party for a presidential run, even before the 2012 election.
While his son may be confident that Jeb Bush is running for president, there’s been no confirmation either way from the potential candidate himself. In fact, Bush’s ramp up to a possible run has been so low-key that some members of his own party are still unsure whether he’ll be in the race.
The former Florida governor with the famous family name is among the leaders in polls charting potential Republican contenders in 2016. However, all Jeb has said about it so far is that he will decide late this year or early next year.
Outwardly, Jeb Bush has been more pessimistic about a run, unlike possible Republican contender Governor Chris Christie. Jeb has openly discussed the worry about the impact that a run would have on his wife and family, and whether he can offer an agenda that would unite severely polarized Americans.
Lately, Jeb Bush has been busy campaigning for Republicans in time for the November 4 midterm elections. At almost every appearance, he’s asked about the likelihood of a presidential run. Last Thursday, he was in Greenville, South Carolina, campaigning for Governor Nikki Haley — who is seeking re-election == when he was asked “will you or won’t you.” His answer, as always, was a careful one.
“It’s a big decision. It relates to family. I think the next presidential race has to be about the future and it has to be about fixing some big problems.”
Political insiders say the hesitance Jeb Bush is exacting is the result of seeing the process that both his father and brother endured in their presidential victories and failures. The meat-grinder reference is a popular one: If you know how the meat is actually made, would you still want to eat it?
According to Business Insider, friends of Jeb Bush say that he won’t be drafted, convinced, or recruited to run for president.
If Jeb Bush does run for president in 2016, it will be his decision, and his decision alone.
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