WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Jeb Bush has long resisted pressure from supporters to run for president. Now the former Florida governor is signaling that he’s at least open to the idea, a shift that comes as he promotes a new book and Republicans struggle to rebound after President Barack Obama’s re-election.
“I’m not saying yes. I’m just not saying no,” Bush told NBC News earlier this week, one of a series of such comments he’s made as he talks about the book “Immigration Wars” in television interviews and forums.
Comments like those from Bush, 60, are in sharp contrast to past refusals to even entertain the idea of following in the footsteps of his older brother, former President George W. Bush, and their father, former President George H.W. Bush.
Republicans and former advisers said that, if nothing else, he’s made clear to political operatives and donors that they shouldn’t count him out for 2016.
Jeb Bush open to a White House bid