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Jeb Bush Getting Pressure From GOP Donors to Run for President

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It would appear that major GOPer donors just aren't thrilled with the chances of a Chris Christie, a Rand Paul, or even a Marco Rubio taking back the White House for the Republicans in 2016. So, they're willing to go all-in with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as their latest savior.

According to a report by the Washington Post, some of the bigger moneybag GOPers are now working behind the scenes to draft Jeb into the 2016 presidential race.

Jeb, for his part, has remained coy about his intentions to run, saying he'll decide later this year if he'll throw his hat into the ring.

See also: Jeb Bush Speaks in Texas Today; Should He Change His Name?

In an interview with Fox News, Jeb said that the state of politics is "crazy right now" and that all this attention he's been getting about maybe running is actually getting him more attention than if he had already entered the race.

But Jeb says that one of the main things he's looking for to help him decide is if he can deliver a hopeful message without being part of all the crazy. He also wants to make sure his family approves of his jumping into the fray, telling Fox that he's living a fulfilled life.

But all the delaying isn't stopping these GOP donors who are anxious to get going on a fundraising strategy that'll kick things off for George W.'s little brother.

According to the Washington Post, the "vast majority" of the top 100 givers to Mitt Romney's campaign would back Jeb if he decided to run.

In fact, almost all of Romney's major donors are reaching out to Bush's people with phone calls and emails to try to get a meeting put together.

But Bush and his people say he's not actively exploring a candidacy.

He also might find it tough to even get the Republican nomination, seeing how his pragmatic style hasn't exactly been a hit with the party lately.

In the past year, he's come out and publicly spoken out against Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz, saying that Cruz's tactics to try to get Obamacare defunded were embarrassing.

His 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."

Jeb has also made waves within the party over his views on immigration, saying that those who cross the border illegally are not committing a felony.

He also once said immigrants are "more fertile," which kind of puts him on-par with George W. as far as public speaking faux pas are concerned.

Still, with Rubio's golden sheen wearing out and Christie's recent troubles, the Republicans seem to be running out of party hopefuls.

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