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Posted on 07/28/2010 6:15:21 AM PDT by curth
Many Republicans are still searching for that ideal 2012 presidential candidate someone who can fire up both the fiscal and social conservative wings of the GOP while luring swing voters. And, in recent months, the chatter has often turned to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Bush apparently sought to quiet the murmurs today, telling a Kentucky TV reporter that he isnt running. Bush has said that since leaving office in January 2007 that he would focus on making money and advocating for education reforms, which were a centerpiece of his tenure as governor. Even as polls show that he remains popular in Florida, the countrys biggest swing state, many close to him and party strategists have assumed that the Bush family name was a non-starter so soon after the presidency of his unpopular older brother, George W. Bush. Jeb Bush waved off efforts by state Republicans to coax him into the U.S. Senate race.
But the 2010 midterms have served as a bit of a political re-coming out for Jeb Bush, who has traveled the country raising money for Republican candidates. Just this week, he headlined a fund-raiser Monday night in Louisville for GOP Senate nominee Rand Paul. He has also spoken out on a range of political issues, from economic policy to immigration.
Bush said today that his denial was hardly news. Asked why there has been so much speculation, Bush told Washington Wire via email: I havent a clue. I have not been running for a while and answer the question the same way every time.
But given the glaring demographic challenges facing Republicans, who tend to appeal mostly to white voters as the country grows more black and brown, Bush remains a tempting option. He speaks fluent Spanish, is married to a Mexican-American, and Latinos
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Thank God we don’t have to that RINO running.
Closest thing to “service for his country” RINO Jeb has ever done.
You don’t suppose he reads Free Republic, do you?
He knows it will be at least a decade before voters forget his brother’s disaster.
New blood with new ideas is the key!
Good. The Bush name has been so slandered by the LWM, there is no way another Bush will win anytime soon. Also, while I miss GWB compared to the current WH resident, he wasn’t a classic conservative, and I don’t think Jeb is, either.
He’s smarter than his brother, but the Bush name is dead as far as running for President goes, IMO.
GOOD!!! Please, no more Bush’s! They are all country-club elitist, “compassionate conservatives”.
A Progressive is more like it.......
GW slashed taxes, put 2 conservatives on the bench, and stuck it to these terrorists......in my book, that’s a success.
Actually, Jeb, WE said no.....thanks for listening
Finally Jeb and I are in agreement.
This announcement is the strongest evidence yet seen that they will try to insert Hillary in 2012.
Bears repeating. Even the things Freepers complain about, such as no child left behind, had some good aspects and were an improvement over what was already in force.
The media blasted Bush and the Republicans for eight years, helped McCain get the nomination and then greased the skids for Obama's slide into the WH. The media and voter fraud will control elections for a long time.
George W. Bush’s legacy is a mixed bag. He did some very good things, but he also let the liberals throw every evil claim against him that they could - and never defended himself.
He alienated me when he wouldn’t stand up against amnesty. He also didn’t set up a successor. Cheney was a great pick for his first term, but they needed someone in the second term to carry on. Now we have Obama.
He didn’t have a choice. It will be a long, long, long time before any Bush becomes a nominee for President from the GOP.
“Just this week, he headlined a fund-raiser Monday night in Louisville for GOP Senate nominee Rand Paul.”
They will try to rule from behind the curtains. This aspiring globalist dynasty will not quietly go away, any more than the Clintons will or the Rockefellers did.
Some Freeps don’t believe compassionate conservatism was a disaster.
oh no this is a bad thing.
how can we even think about beating obama without a top conservative like jeb bush running?
please come back jeb. please?
This announcement is the strongest evidence yet seen that they will try to insert Hillary in 2012.
Yeah, the evidence is definitely mounting that Hillary will challenge BHO come '12. I mean, seriously, people don't actually think Slick is going to go out and campaign for Obamalamadingdong, do they? More likely, this gives Slick a reason to go out and say "Looky here, I'm back! If you vote for Hillary in 2012 you get me too!".....
That's the smartest thing that I've heard him say in a long time.
He sure grew government raised taxes and increased regulations here in Floriduh.
Thank you Jesus.
Some Freeps dont believe compassionate conservatism was a disaster.
Well, Islam _is_ a religion of peace.
And cowboys like Ramos and Compean should be prosecuted.
Thank you God!
You failed to mention Medicare Part D. That is an unmitigated disaster and I dare anyone to define it as remotely "conservative". It was a Progressive wet dream that the Republicans pushed through. What is it now, 3 or 4 times over budget?
May he is the smarter brother and saw the EPIC FAIL of his trial balloons.
[Now, if Newt would only realize that his trial balloons are filled with a similar amount of lead...]
The GOP needs new faces — from the ranks of governors or somewhere (except the Senate). They need to get away from the nominating this old guy or that old guy “because it is his turn” syndrome.
double ditto and Amen!
(People are getting their expectations way too high. Yes I would prefer someone more conservative than GWB, as would most people on this board. But at some point maturity needs to take over. The next President will probably need 65-70 million votes to win. THERE ARE NOT THAT MANY TRUE CONSERATIVES IN THIS COUNTRY NOR IS THERE EVER LIKELY TO BE. We will need 20-30 million of the sheeple to vote with us, and that means a compromise candidate. GWB is probably about the most conservative candidate we will ever see elected. JMO).
I'm starting to get the feeling that Newt is going to be thrust upon the electorate much like Obamalamadingdong was. You can hardly turn on the TV or radio these days without Newt being on there spewing his "what the American people want" diatribe.....
Enough with the dynasty politics. Just enough already.
Really? I vividly recall a true Conservative named Ronald Wilson Reagan that won election in two landslides not all that long ago. The result of his policies was a 25 year economic expansion unlike this country has ever seen, the fall of the USSR, and a host of other great things Congress has managed to screw up in the last 10-12 years.....
Something Jesse and I can agree on.
I'm not so sure about that. Two more years of the real disaster we have now will make President Bush look like a candidate for Mt. Rushmore.
If anyone wants a draft Jeb movement let it be for the army!
Yep. I also liked his comment about cutting off Obamalamadingdong's gonads......
Trouble is, the GOP does not seem to have anyone out there, who is particularly interesting or person we can all fully support. I don't think Palin would do well; even though I would like to see her take on some of the good old boys/gals in DC, I think she is wearing thin already for some who were wild about her before. She has a place in government, but I just don't think it is in the White House.
I am looking at Bobby Jindal and wondering if he could arouse enough support with, maybe Eric Cantor as a running mate??? No one else really excites me or makes me feel they have the combination of strong leadership skills, administrative experience, good morals, and LOVE for our country versus being just an ego feeding politician. Any comments?
We need a candidate with spine, guts, and gonads like Jan Brewer or Michelle Bachmann. Eunuchs need not apply. The GOP has an abundance of Eunuchs.
Hate to bring this up but that was almost 30 years ago. Unfortunately, America is NOT the same country today that it was then. We have lost a tremendous number of the “greatest generation” and replaced them with the “I can sell you anything via TV” generation.
Sadly, you must always take stock of your army and decide what objectives are achievable. Hence my pessimism that I will ever see a President elected that I would be COMPLETELY satisfied.
The disaster was trying to get along with the radicals in congress, trusting them and caving to their agenda.
Conservatism is the natural order. Conservatism wins every time it's tried. Always has. Look at what is happening in Europe right now. They are several generations ahead of us in terms of the "gimme" mentality. Their Socialism is blowing up in their face and even the UK, where better than 50% of the population receives a check from the gubmint is turning more conservative with every passing day. The problem is we have very few true Conservatives around that are able to articulate the facts. Another problem is there are a LOT of people who claim to be Conservative, but are actually Progressives or Liberals. Casual observers can't tell the difference because they don't know what true Conservatism is. Learn the history. Learn the numbers. Teach everyone who will listen at every available opportunity. The facts are on our side. Sitting back waiting for another Conservative to magically come along is precisely what the Progressives want you to do.
BTW, FDR was almost 80 years ago and you don't see Liberals or Progressives miss an opportunity to bring up New Deal Progressive ideology or the Keynesian philosophy that prolonged the Great Depression by 10 years. The (not so)Great Society was nearly 50 years ago, but you never see Liberals or Progressives miss an opportunity to ballyhoo Medicare or Medicaid, despite the fact that both are dismal failures......
A lot of people I know including myself in Indiana want our Governor Mitch Daniels to run.
He is not an ultra-conservative like many here will only support, but he has done wonders with what he has to work with in this state. There is no single candidate that everyone will support, Mitch sure isn’t perfect but he would be a great choice to repair the fiscal problems Obama has foisted on us. (if that’s even possible at this point)
Herman Cain. Just sayin’......
You are correct and add Jim DeMint.