Jeb on His VP: 'She Will Be a Great Partner'
Followed quickly by, 'did I say that out loud?'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2015 9:24 AM CST
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks during the Clinton County Republicans Annual Fall Event on Monday in Goose Lake, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – A "did I just say that out loud?" moment in politics usually means someone's foot has been deftly inserted in someone's mouth, but in Jeb Bush's case, it may be a harbinger of a more gender-balanced campaign. Appearing at a town hall in Waterloo, Iowa, on Tuesday, Bush was asked by an audience member about his take on the vice president's role, per the Daily Caller. After waxing nostalgic on the respectful relationship that had existed between his dad and President Ronald Reagan, Bush added, "That kind of relationship I think is really important. And should I be elected president, I would have my vice president—I think she will be a great partner."

Whether his use of the pronoun "she" was a slip of the tongue or a calculated move, Bush "quickly walked back the remark," the Hill notes. "I mean, did I say that out loud?" he asked the audience. "We always talk about this with one gender in mind. I think we've reached the point in our country where maybe we should be a little less gender-specific about this." And, just to give himself an out in case he a) does surprise naysayers and actually get the GOP nomination, and b) picks a guy as his running mate, Bush added, "Frankly, the one important element of selecting a vice presidential candidate is whether he or she is qualified to be president. Everything else is secondary." (Hope this doesn't cause another Bush family disagreement.)