HIALEAH (CBSMiami) – Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has been rumored to be a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016 and Wednesday he did nothing to end the speculation when asked about a possible run.
“I’m going to think about it later (a run for president),” Bush said during a school tour Wednesday. “I don’t wake up each day saying, ‘what am I going to do today to make this decision?’”
Bush continued, “I’m deferring the decision to the right time which is later this year and the decision will be based on, can I do it joyfully, because I think we need to have candidates lift our spirits. It’s a pretty pessimistic country right now; and, is it right for my family? So I don’t even want to think about that till it’s the right time and that’s later on.”
If he decided to run, Bush would likely be entering a race that would feature several conservative candidates possibly including Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, and others. Bush would have to overcome name recognition from his brother, but could be a formidable candidate for the GOP to rally around.
If she decides to run, it could set up a presidential election between a Bush and a (Hillary) Clinton once again. That likelihood of dynasties was something the founding fathers warned against during the formation of the United States.
There is one person who Bush would have to convince who recently threw cold water on another Bush presidency. Former first lady Barbara Bush, Jeb’s mom, said she hopes he won’t run, even though “Jeb is the best qualified person to run.”
“If we can’t find more than two or three families to run for high office, that’s silly, because there are great governors and great eligible people to run,” Mrs. Bush said. “I refuse to accept that this country isn’t raising other wonderful people.”
When asked about what his mother said, Jeb replied, “She promised me she wouldn’t keep saying this. But she is 89 years old and if you have elderly parents or grandparents, you know they speak their mind. There is not much stopping between thinking and speaking. I love her.”