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Friday, September 05, 2014

Jeb Bush Sends Signals About 2016 Presidential Run - GOP Fundraisers Say Former Florida Governor's Aides Spread Word: Wait Until He Makes Up Mind; "Before you do anything, let us know."

From The Wall Street Journal:

WASHINGTON—Republican strategists and fundraisers say Jeb Bush's closest advisers have been quietly spreading the word that they should avoid committing to other possible presidential candidates until he decides on his own course after the November election.

The message from Mr. Bush's inner circle during the past few months is in part an effort to bat down speculation that the former Florida governor has ruled out a 2016 run, say GOP donors and strategists who have spoken with the Bush camp. The message, as one put it, is: "Before you do anything, let us know."
 
Mr. Bush has built a life outside politics since leaving public office in 2007, serving on corporate boards, heading a business consulting firm and leading two educational think tanks.

His mother, former first lady Barbara Bush, has said she hopes he doesn't run, given that the nation has already been led by his father and brother.

The outreach from Mr. Bush's aides came amid speculation this summer that he was leaning against a run, due in part to reports that he was raising money for private-equity ventures when other potential candidates were visiting early-primary states.

Attention among some in the GOP returned to Mitt Romney, the party's nominee in 2012, who has said he is "not running,'' but has allowed that "circumstances can change.'' Messrs. Bush and Romney would compete for a similar set of fundraisers and political hands.

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