Jeb Bush Is Probably Most Likely Going to Run for President, Maybe
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Jeb Bush -- best buddy to Rick Scott, medical marijuana hater, and enemy of Matt Damon -- is more than likely going to run for president in 2016. Oh, he's also the younger brother of former President George W. Bush.
According to Jeb's son, George P. Bush, the younger Bush Bro is closer to saying yes to a run at the White House now more than ever. Though we really haven't heard anything official yet.
George P., who is running for office in Texas, went on Sunday's This Week on ABC and said his father is "moving forward" toward running.
"I think it's actually, I think it's more than likely that he's giving this a serious thought in moving forward," George P. told ABC's Jonathan Karl while the two rode on Bush's Texas campaign bus.
"More than likely that he'll run?" Karl asked.
"That he'll run," George P. said. "If you had asked me a few years back, I would've said it was less likely."
For some time, Jeb has been very coy about gunning for the White House in '16. Mainly by talking a lot about how he's not sure if he's going to run.
Still, polls -- at least here in Florida -- show that Jeb is more popular than fellow Floridian GOPer Marco Rubio.
In a 2012 Public Policy Poling survey of 624 Florida Republicans, Jeb led Rubio 28 percent to 22 percent in whom those Republicans would support as a presidential candidate.
Still neither might be able to defeat apparent Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton.
In a 2013 Quinnipiac University Poll, Hillary defeats both Jeb and Rubio.
However, that poll shows that Jeb would be a better candidate against Clinton if the two squared off for the 2016 run.
Quinnipiac found that Clinton would defeat Rubio by a 52-14 percent margin, with Independents taking her 47-38 percent. The same poll showed that Clinton would take down Jeb Bush with a 51-40 percent margin.
The difference in each race would be the women's vote, with Rubio getting only 37 percent of the vote from women, while Clinton gets 55 percent. Clinton would also crush Bush with women by a 56-36 percent margin, according to the poll.
Still, Jeb has already gotten a heavy endorsement by big-money backers from the GOP who once supported Mitt Romney.
According to a Washington Post report earlier this year, the "vast majority" of the top 100 givers to Romney's campaign would back Jeb if he decided to run.
Almost all of Romney's major donors have reached out to Bush's people with phone calls and emails to try to get a meeting put together.
The question would be how the Tea Party would welcome a Jeb run, as opposed to more-Tea-friendly-Rubio.
Jeb's speech to CPAC in 2013 fell flat when he offered that the Republican Party needs to be more inclusive while saying things like, "If you're fortunate enough to count yourself among the privileged, much of the rest of the nation is drowning."
And while Rubio has fallen out of favor with the Tea Party over his handling of immigration, Jeb himself made waves within the party over his views on immigration, saying in a book he wrote that those who cross the border illegally are not committing a felony.
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