Jeb Bush Changes Mind on Presidential Run. Can He Beat Hillary?

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The word hit the street yesterday: Jeb Bush, who not long ago seemed out of the presidential race, has a 30 percent chance of running. A key question is whether moderate Chris Christie can lose 50 pounds falters.

Politico reported yesterday morning that Wall Street insiders were talking about Bush even after Christie's decisive victory in the New Jersey gubernatorial race. He has the name, the Phi Beta Kappa smarts, and the conservative record that Christie lacks.

Bush is reconsidering as the Republican Party seeks to recover from political damage done to its brand by the recent government shutdown, which was engineered by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and the tea party wing of the GOP.

More interesting, the media world began falling all over itself.

Newark's Star Ledger concluded, "Three years out, it's impossible to anoint a frontrunner; however, Christie is the flavor of the week after his landslide victory in his bid for re-election. But the right wing of the GOP continues to surface, questioning Christie's commitment to conservative causes."

Later in the day, NBC's Chuck Todd jumped in at a forum in Washington, positing the idea that Bush would have a pretty good chance against Hillary: "His only shot at the White House is if somebody named Clinton is running on the other side, and I think he knows that," he said. "He is thinking a lot harder about this than people realize."

And just two days ago, Bush sounded a lot like a candidate, endorsing Republican Rick Scott for governor: "While President Obama and Democrats in Congress are fixated on penalizing success, Governor Scott is pursuing policies to restore prosperity for more Floridians while prioritizing core state responsibilities, including increasing the state's investment in education."

What's interesting is that he cited Scott's education record, which is the number one issue Bush would run on. The younger Bush changed the national debate by improving Florida performance on national tests. He prioritized standardized testing, competition, and charter schools.

In June, a Quinnipac poll showed Hillary beating Jeb in Florida by 50 to 43 percent. But that was misleading. As Scott ramps up his own run for governor, that will fuel the state's right wing. And that will undoubtedly be good for the conservative, education-minded brother of the nation's worst president.

Of course, liberals hate the idea. From the The Atlantic: "The idea that Wall Street will slowly crank its steering wheel and offer Jeb Bush a ride to the White House is either naive or willfully misleading."

Though the presidential election is still three years out, Bush has been upfront about the idea of a run. Here he is just a few months ago on CNN:

The younger Bush would almost certainly be a better president than his brother. By instinct, he is more of a moderate than George W. and more of a compromiser. He has long supported immigration reform yet is more likely than Christie to be able to draw in the Tea Party wing of the GOP.

Hillary should be thinking about this. The next few months will be interesting.

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Lynxx3
Lynxx3

No more Bushwhacking. I wish they would....all......go....away.

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

I hope Jeb's pre-governor 'business" experience will be thoroughly examined in the national spotlight. Presumably he will run as a "businessman" and education deformer/"expert" - both of which are laughable. Well, another Bush in the White House - wonder where Jeb would send U.S. troops to spill blood?

Jason Winburn
Jason Winburn

Heck no. But Chris Christie can beat Hillary.

Luis Paulo
Luis Paulo

Clintons and Bushes. 300M Americans. Is that all we have?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

..................Hilary 2016 !

Kenia West
Kenia West

lmao the way people are this nigguh will run for press an win election and re-election. :') watta joke.

TK Small
TK Small

Are you kidding??? his brothers ' damage to the country will take decades to recover from.

Violet Viera
Violet Viera

Why is he even thinking about running? I need to move from FLorida, like fucking now.

Takuan Yamato
Takuan Yamato

Enough of these scumbags. We need some less evil people in the White House.

James Kelley
James Kelley

No more Bushes please One more Clinton PLEASE! jk p.s. does his decision come as a surprise?

Gigi Terrasi
Gigi Terrasi

I'd rather see him in office than ANY other Liberal...Especially Killary.......Haven't you all had enough of the liberal lies and deceit and failures....Or are you all still drinking and enjoying the Obummer Kool-Aid????????? I still have not met ONE person Rich or Poor, who is better off than they were 5 years ago.....

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.....................................let's see, by 2016 IRAQ might just really have WMDs by then ! and we can invade AGAIN !

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

 

........................let's see he was the "education governor" in a state ranked LAST in education, has a daughter wilder than lindsay lohan, a wife who lied about haute couture dresses she purchased while on vacation in spain to evade a $25,ooo US  import duty (not only perjury BUT what happened to "BUY in AMERICA") and of course there is that brother of his - DUBBYA ! - and disagreed in a TV interview with his OWN position on immigration in his just released BOOK , because oH MARco ! had beat JEB ! to the political punch               

yup J E B ! has all that goin' for him

(imagine the audacity and smugness of such an uber-priviledged prince of delusion who has nothing better to do than simply hang around and wonder if her wants to be president ?....................dolce far niente)

WhyNotNow
WhyNotNow topcommenter

Please, jebbie, run. And use Karl rove as your campaign manager. Please, jebbie, run.

Maribel Monsalve
Maribel Monsalve

Hopefully not... But this country jas already "voted" for 2 of these crooks... It wouldnt surprise me

John Mehia
John Mehia

I agree! How can people even consider letting those two run! Some people do not learn!

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

anyone thinking about ANOTHER Bush?! Let's see what's trickled down from 2003 to date...

Gregory Lee
Gregory Lee

Yes... He can win! But probably won't

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter


People are sick of the Bush family brand and the world is moving away from them.

This is the kind of republican that makes the party undesirable

Rafael Velez Jr
Rafael Velez Jr

If people are really thinking about Hillary, take a real good look what happened in benghazi

Chauncey Copeland
Chauncey Copeland

heck no. No one forgets how he fixed the election for his bro in FL.

Lex Dillinger
Lex Dillinger

I have to admit, I miss the idiosyncrasies of Bush.

Lex Dillinger
Lex Dillinger

I think his brother kind of ruined it for him

Stephy Cue
Stephy Cue

Omg no more Bush!!! ...Lol. Seriously though. No.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@fratdawgg23 Gee, do you think that he'd go so far as targeting Americans with killer drones, at home and abroad? (he said sarcastically)

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Luis Paulo Never thought that I'd envy Britain their Lordships and Princes. Now, I just feel like crying.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Kenia West Whoda thunk that an unrepentant burner of human flesh would pop up on a Florida news site. What are the odds?

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@TK Small Quick, duck! Drone alert!

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Takuan Yamato Noriega's still alive, right?

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

@Gigi Terrasi  - Well, the rich people are always better off LoL

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

@frankd4  



ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush authorized the sale to Iraq of numerous items that had both military and civilian applications, including poisonous chemicals and deadly biological viruses, such as anthrax and bubonic plague.”

As is widely reported, Hussein used these chemical weapons against Iranians in the Iran-Iraq war.

After the 1991 Gulf War, U.N. inspectors “compiled long lists of chemicals, missile components, and computers from American suppliers, including such household names as Union Carbide and Honeywell, which were being used for military purposes” in Iraq.


 

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

@Rafael Velez Jr  

 
 foxs KOCH gop news top are hacking together their own version of the events to further convolute the story's reality.

 We Won’t ‘Let Our Campaign Be Dictated By Fact-Checkers’ THE GOP””

 Benghazi= partisan propoganda.  

 In some of these attacks the State Department had been forewarned about potential threats, unlike Benghazi.

The attacks on our embassies & diplomats are a result of perceived American weakness.

June 14, 2002, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
Suicide bomber kills 12 and injures 51.

February 20, 2003, international diplomatic compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Truck bomb kills 17.

February 28, 2003, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
Gunmen on motorcycles killed two consulate guards.

July 30, 2004, U.S. embassy in Taskkent, Uzbekistan
Suicide bomber kills two.

December 6, 2004, U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Militants stormed and occupied perimeter wall. Five killed, 10 wounded.

March 2, 2006, U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan
Suicide car bomber killed four, including a U.S. diplomate directly targeted by the assailants.

September 12, 2006, U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria
Gunmen attacked embassy with grenades, automatic weapons, and a car bomb (though second truck bomb failed to detonate). One killed and 13 wounded.

January 12, 2007, U.S. embassy in Athens, Greece
A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the embassy building. No one was injured.

July 9, 2008, U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey
Armed men attacked consulate with pistols and shotguns. Three policemen killed.

March 18, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen
Mortar attack misses embassy, hits nearby girls' school instead.

September 17, 2008, U.S. embassy in Sana'a, Yemen
Militants dressed as policemen attacked the embassy with RPGs, rifles, grenades and car bombs. Six Yemeni soldiers and seven civilians were killed. Sixteen more were injured.”





frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

........................if people are thinking about bush, take a real good look what happened in iraQ

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

@frankd4  

 

The study’s conclusions were further reinforced when former Bush White House press secretary Scott McClellan wrote, “top Bush aides had outlined a strategy for carefully orchestrating the coming campaign to aggressively sell the war… In the permanent campaign era, it was all about manipulating sources of public opinion to the president’s advantage.”

According to the study, then President George W Bush made 232 false statements about Iraq and former leader Saddam Hussein’s possessing weapons of mass destruction, and 28 false statements about Iraq’s links to al Qaeda.

“President George W. Bush and seven of his administration’s top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq…

On at least 532 separate occasions, Bush and these three key officials, along with Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan, stated unequivocally that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (or was trying to produce or obtain them), links to Al Qaeda, or both.”

On July 2004, the Republican majority led Senate Select Committee released the Intelligence Senate Report on Iraqi WMD Intelligence, which identified numerous failures in intelligence gathering and “analysis” (i.e., interpretation). However, Republicans defended the Bush administration’s statements on Iraq.

An investigation into the administration’s use of the intelligence was delayed for three years due to Republicans claiming it wasn’t as important (Senator Roberts, R-KS) as other pending items. Phase two of the investigation was released in 2007, but not all of the report was released. It determined, “our Committee has concluded that the Administration made significant claims that were not supported by the intelligence.”


frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@drakemallard @frankd4 


in conclusion ALL one has to ask today is what do we have to show for our efforts in IRAQ ?

many young american kids dead and wounded

trillions of borrowed debt spent on IRAQ will take a hundred years to pay-off

and the list goes on and on

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