Jeb Bush Officially Squelches Presidential Rumors By Endorsing Romney


Everyone can rest easy.  Former Florida Governor and political scion Jeb Bush has made it official — he’s backing Mitt Romney for Governor.

The Republican leader explained his endorsement via statement, saying “Congratulations to Governor Mitt Romney on his win last night and to all the candidates for a hard fought, thoughtful debate and primary season.  Primary elections have been held in thirty-four states, and now is the time for Republicans to unite behind Governor Romney and take our message of fiscal conservatism and job creation to all voters this fall.  I am endorsing Mitt Romney for our Party’s nomination.  We face huge challenges, and we need a leader who understands the economy, recognizes more government regulation is not the answer, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism and works to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed.”

Bush’s name had been bandied about as a potential stealth candidate for the GOP nomination by Republicans unhappy about the current crop of candidates.  An op-ed written late last year fanned the flames of the rumor even more.

But, no, there will not be another Bush running for the White House.

At least, not in 2012.


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Ray M.
Ray M.3 years ago

So the Bush who critized the nastiness of the repug campaigning candidates endorses one of the nastiest. Go figure. Must be he's just the lessor of the other stooges.

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush3 years ago

Jeb Bush is smart enough to know that, the U.S.A. is not ready for another Bush.

Alan Lambert
Alan` Lambert3 years ago

Tepid endorsement from the Etch-A-Sketch family of the Etch-A-Sketch candidate. Remember how the GOP picks their candidates, They want them blooded.

Nixon lost in '60, nominated in '68
Reagan lost in '76, nominated in '80
Poppy Bush lost in '80, nominated in '88
Dole lost in '76 (for VP), nominated in '96
McCain lost in '00, nominated in '08
Romney lost in '08, nominated in '12?
Santorum lost in '12?, nominated in '16? (ensuring a Hillary Clinton victory)

Ron B.
Ron B.3 years ago

"At least, not in 2012." Yeah, but look out 2016! Republicans might decide to package the Jebster as their Golden Boy for that election cycle. Considering the notoriously short attention spans of Americans, four years from now is like an eternity and too many of us never learn from history. Every few years we keep allowing a Republican to squat in the White House and the US keeps sliding downhill a little further each time.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L.3 years ago

"...he’s backing Mitt Romney for Governor." Really...

Jeb knows his brother ruined it for him, he won't be running anytime soon.

Keevin Shultz
Keevin Shultz3 years ago

Romney 2.0 was a moderate Republican with self-described "progressive" views on social issues and health care; Romney 3.0 was a social conservative who cared deeply about the culture war; and Romney 4.0 is a far-right businessman who represents the GOP establishment and the top 1%.

What will Romney 5.0 look like? I don't know; I guess we'll have to wait until after Fehrnstrom & Co. shake the Etch A Sketch and hit the reset button.

As Maddow argues, a man who can lie and shift with such ease not only poisons democracy should not be considered to hold higher office. It just plays right to the "untrustworthy government" theme conservatives love, but it's a terrible way to lead.

Keevin Shultz
Keevin Shultz3 years ago

Rachel Maddow: Romney's Lies Should Disqualify Him From High Office

Posted: 22 Mar 2012 07:00 AM PDT

The disastrous comparison of the Romney campaign and Romney himself as an Etch A Sketch -- a blank slate to be rewritten to fit the moment -- Rachel Maddow finally did what no journalist to date has bothered to do. She enumerated the lies he tells daily, the cynicism with which those lies are told, and goes on to explain why Romney is undermining democracy and the office of President when he lies so easily just to get the job. Romney's own words bolster the lack of conviction to any set of ideals. This is what he said:

"I'm running as a conservative Republican," he said. "I'll be running as a conservative Republican nominee."

So you know, I was a vampire for Halloween, too, but I've always been a Democrat and if I ran for office, I'd be running as me, not a definition of the party designation next to my name.

My 18-year old daughter got it right away as she watched this segment, asking if Americans are really this stupid. Sadly, I had to answer her in the affirmative. It really has to be difficult for members of a party to hate their candidate, know he lies with ease, and yet stand up and wave the flag for him. Yet it seems that more Republicans than not are doing just that.

Steve Benen described Morphing Mittens' many versions:

Romney 1.0 was an independent who distanced himself from Reagan; Romney 2.0 was a moderate Republican with self-describe

Barbara V.
Barbara V.3 years ago

Well, that makes sense, doesn't it? Stupidity endorsing stupidity.

Kristina C.
Kristina C.3 years ago

I think we should offer the Bush and Romney families the island of Utopia to move too - there they can crown each other as king - make a police state, keep their women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, announce segregation, refuse health care, distribute hate mail, lie to each other, re-write their school curriculum, give guns to everyone that visits, built a huge church with a golden calf to worship, let financial institutions charge what they want, buy all the GE foods they want, teach that sexual orientation is a choice and deny that global warming exist.
Then let’s built a wall around the island and make sure that they stay there!

Mike M.

Good news. This country can't afford another Bush in the White House.