Jeb Bush Might Defy Mom for 2016 Run

Former Fla. governor sending mixed signals
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2014 12:34 PM CDT
Updated Sep 5, 2014 12:54 PM CDT
Jeb Bush Might Defy Mom for 2016 Run
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner on May 12, 2014, in New York.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Newser) – Jeb Bush could be fundraising, taking part in debates, and traveling around the country just for the heck of it—or the former Florida governor could actually be planning a 2016 presidential run. There have been increasing whispers about that long-anticipated 2016 Bush-Hillary Clinton battle as Jeb's advisers are reportedly asking supporters to hold tight and not start backing other candidates just yet, reports the Wall Street Journal. "He is seriously considering the race and will make a decision sometime after November," an adviser says. This despite the fact that his own mom, former first lady Barbara Bush, told C-Span earlier this year that she didn't want him to run, reports Forbes. "If we can't find more than two or three families to run for high office, that's silly," she said.

His son, Jeb Bush Jr., tells the Journal the topic is "the 800-pound gorilla in the room," but it hasn't been discussed by the family. But Jeb has been putting out signs that the idea is still viable. Although he hasn't been visiting early-primary states as much as potential competitors have, he's been active on the fundraising trail, with significant events for other GOP candidates coming up in Florida and Chicago over the next few weeks, notes the Journal—usually a clue that you're a serious candidate. And it doesn't matter that he's been relatively under the radar: In fact, Jennifer Rubin writes at the Washington Post, that's probably intentional. She notes, "Bush's team knows full well that the higher your profile and the more definitive your decision to run seems, the more fire you will draw." (Read more Jeb Bush stories.)

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