Jeb Bush

Crunch Time for Jeb Bush

Sep 26, 2014

Friends say Jeb Bush’s father is eager for his son to run, even telling a visitor at a recent family gathering in Kennebunkport, Maine, that a presidential campaign and a return of the family dynasty to power was a near certainty. Wall Street financiers and Main Street CEOs eager for a centrist champion are longing for a Bush candidacy. But people who have met in recent weeks with Jeb Bush in New York, Washington and Florida say they are far less certain that a campaign will ultimately materialize.

An Unannounced Jeb Bush Still Leads the Field

Sep 8, 2014

Because Bush has a gubernatorial résumé, can appeal to Hispanic voters and has credibility with the GOP donor base, he remains one of the leading contenders, says Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia and creator of “Sabato’s Crystal Ball.”

Columba Bush’s intense distaste for the public arena is one of the issues weighing most heavily on the former Florida governor as he grapples with whether to run for the White House in 2016, according to interviews with friends, former staffers and GOP donors close to the family. These people said Columba may be willing to take on the burdens of a campaign, yet even then the couple would need to find a way to craft a comfortable role for her.

Jeb Bush’s Wife, Family Issues Key to 2016

Apr 17, 2014

Republican donors and operatives are chattering about Bush’s publicity-shy wife, so worried she isn’t on board with a 2016 White House run that they’re urging people in the family’s orbit to make the case. Columba Bush has long been deeply averse to the spotlight, especially after an embarrassing encounter with U.S. Customs while her husband was still in office.

Rubio: Bush Won’t Deter Me from 2016 Run

Apr 9, 2014

With chatter growing over the possibility of a Jeb Bush-2016 run, Sen. Rubio insisted that the former governor’s potential candidacy for the presidential nomination would not deter him from seeking his party’s nod himself — even though it’s long been presumed the two would avoid running in the same high-stakes race. “In terms of my decision-making for next year, it will be based on me – not on anybody else,” Rubio said in an interview when asked about the prospects of a Bush candidacy. “And I think that’s true for anyone thinking about it – including himself.”

Associated Press

Jeb Bush gets the question at just about every public appearance these days: Will you run for president?

The former Florida governor gives a well-worn answer: “I can honestly tell you that I don’t know what I’m going to do.” It’s an answer that won’t satisfy the GOP faithful for much longer.

The scion of the Bush political dynasty will likely be asked the question many times in the coming weeks as he raises his profile with appearances in Tennessee, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas — where he’ll bump into another possible 2016 presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Jeb Bush Continues to Shape the GOP in Florida

Feb 25, 2014

Even as he has drawn fire from conservatives on Common Core and for supporting immigration reform, Bush remains one of the most popular Republicans from the Sunshine State. Bush has also shown no hesitation in using his position to shape the GOP in Florida and support candidates he favors.

Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

Former First Lady Barbara Bush tells C-SPAN there have been enough presidents from the Bush family.

She added that her son Jeb Bush is the "best qualified" to run for President of the United States. However, she hopes that he does not.

As a wife and mother to former presidents, she fears Jeb will inherit all her enemies as well as the enemies of his brother, former President George W. Bush.

Jeb Bush has backed away many times from speculation that he would run for president. In fact, some calculated there was a zero percent chance that he would run. That's no longer the case according to Politico: “I think he could run,” said one former Republican office holder who now works in the financial industry but asked not to be named because Bush has not made any decision. “The environment is shaping up well for him. Republicans want someone who is competent and who can win, and that’s Jeb.”

Jeb Bush Endorses Gov. Scott For Re-Election

Nov 13, 2013

The Florida Democratic Party was quick to pounce on Bush's endorsement -- noting that the former governor strongly supported former Attorney General Bill McCollum for the Republican nomination in 2010. Bush was critical of Scott for financing his own campaign that year, spending about $73 million of his personal wealth. Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant also said Scott broke with Bush this year in rejecting some elements of the "common core" education curriculum standards. She said, by endorsing Scott, Bush "is putting pure partisan loyalty above what's best for Florida."

John O'Connor / StateImpact Florida

Pam Stewart twice stepped in to replace departing Florida education commissioners. Today she got the job long-term.

The State Board of Education unanimously chose Stewart to be the state's education commissioner. She follows Tony Bennett, who resigned from the post last month.

A Scott/Bush Split On State Board Of Education

Sep 17, 2013
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Two State Board of Education members criticized Gov. Rick Scott's leadership on education issues Tuesday, highlighting a rift between Scott and former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Board members Kathleen Shanahan and Sally Bradshaw -- who served as former Bush chiefs of staff -- said Scott needed to show more leadership on Common Core State Standards and other education issues.

The board is meeting in Palm Beach County today.

Two 2016 presidential horse race stories posit that former Gov. Jeb Bush’s stock is down following the recent resignation of Education Commissioner Tony Bennett and Florida and Indiana lawmakers questioning the veracity of the A-to-F school grading systems Bush pioneered.

Bush hasn’t said whether or not he intends to run in 2016.

Jeb Bush has created a stir with remarks he made during a speech on immigration, in which he said that women who immigrate to America are more fertile than women who are born in the country.

"Immigrants create far more businesses than native-born Americans, over the last 20 years," Bush said. "Immigrants are more fertile, and they love families, and they have more intact families, and they bring a younger population. Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity."

Barbara Bush said a month ago that "We've had enough Bushes (in the White House)." But former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may not agree. Read on for details...

Associated Press

Former President George W. Bush has been back in the news a lot this month--first for becoming a grandfather, then for opening his presidential library today, and now for something much more political.

In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, Bush said his younger brother and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush would make "a marvelous candidate if he chooses to do so. He doesn’t need my counsel, 'cause he knows what it is, which is run!"

Driverless Car Accident-Free? Mostly True

Mar 27, 2013

When former Florida Governor Jeb Bush told the recent Conservative Political Action Conference -- CPAC -- that driverless cars being tested have driven 300,000 accident-free miles, he was mostly accurate.

PolitiFact heard about that statement delivered during a speech about the technological superiority of the United States and decided to check it out.

And, PolitiFact's Angie Holan said they found the statement to be mostly true.

And the Bushes just keep on coming.

In recent memory, there was George H.W. Bush, 41st president of the United States. Then there was George W. Bush, 43rd president. And now there's John Ellis "Jeb" Bush, who may want to become the 45th president.

Jeb is sending mixed signals: Tonight he is a keynote speaker at a Conservative Political Action Conference dinner, but he has asked that his name be removed from CPAC's 2016 presidential straw poll.

Does Jeb have what it takes to be the next president of the United States?

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) seems to be refining his stance on immigration. The Huffington Post is reporting that he walked back one of the principles on immigration reform in his new book on the same day it was released, telling MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday that he would support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants if it could be done without creating a magnet for more unauthorized immigration.

What’s Jeb Bush Up To?

Mar 5, 2013

When Jeb Bush speaks, people — especially Republicans — listen. And so, it’s worth examining Bush’s surprisingly newsy appearance on the “Today” show Monday in which the former Florida governor addressed immigration, the budget fight and his own future political aspirations. “I have a voice, I want to share my beliefs about how the conservative movement and the Republican party can regain its footing, because we’ve lost our way,” he told Matt Lauer on “Today” Monday. “He and others were deferential to the candidates and eventual nominee during the GOP primary and election,” said Ana Navarro, a Florida-based GOP strategist. ”With that over and done with, there’s room now for other voices in the Party to contribute ideas.” Said one Bush ally: “This is Jeb ‘unplugged’ — he’ s not ‘trying’ to be anything.”