Republicans are still having a hard time coalescing around a presidential candidate, which is leading some to wonder: Would this be happening if Jeb had run?
It’s not just idle speculation anymore. It turns out that both President George W. Bush and his wife Laura were enthusiastically trying to get former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to run in 2012. “Speaking to a sold-out Sarasota audience on Wednesday, Bush said she had hoped that her brother-in-law and former Florida governor would have jumped into the race this year.”
According to the former First Lady, Jeb would have brought “wonderful” qualities to the race. “‘We’re out of politics, as George would say, but still interested in policy,’ Laura Bush said, pointing to Jeb Bush’s work in education policy as a ‘wonderful’ quality he would bring to the presidency.”
Of course, this is by no means the first Jeb Bush push. Conservatives last month jumped all over a column the Bush brother wrote, claiming it was a presidential platform and a toe in the water.
But Bush himself has been very hands off of the 2012 race, especially considering his state will be endorsing in less than three weeks. He has held off on any signals of support, only offering this advice: “It’s good to be critical of (President Obama) — I think the president means well, but his policies have failed…But just to stop there and say, ‘I’m going to win because I’m against what’s going on’ is not good enough.”
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