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Ear to the Ground

Jeb Bush Makes ‘Hopeful’ Noises About 2016

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Posted on Apr 6, 2014

Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Looks like the 2016 presidential race could actually shape up to be a bona fide throwback to the ’90s, with a Bush and a Clinton duking it out for the White House.

This alarmingly dynastic prospect was once again raised Sunday, when Jeb Bush—who has the unique honor of being not only Florida’s former governor but also the son and brother of presidents 41 and 43, respectively—spoke at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas (not to be confused with the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas—mercy, how does Jeb ever keep them straight?).

However, Bush the Even Younger might need to review a few tough lessons his dad and big brother were forced to learn en route to the Oval Office, as Jeb, dangling the possibility that he may make a play to become POTUS 45, expressed that were he to run, he would like to hold forth a “hopeful” message in his campaign and avoid “the vortex of a mud fight.”

Right, so he also might drop the current president a line to discuss that whole “hopeful” notion while he’s at it.

And as for the “mud fight” part, if it indeed comes down to Jeb v. Hillary, he’d best roll up his sleeves and get ready to park himself smack in the middle of the vortex. The New York Times recorded the unmistakable sounds of the latest Bush’s call for candidacy:

“We need to elect candidates who have a vision that is bigger and broader, and candidates that are organized around winning the election, not making points,” Mr. Bush told an audience at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum here. “Campaigns ought to be about listening and learning and getting better. I do think we’ve lost our way.”

He added, “I’m not being critical of my party, but campaigns themselves are reflective of this new America.”

That said, Jeb is prepared to keep Americans waiting, as the Times also reported that he will make his decision about 2016 by the end of this year. But is there really any doubt?

—Posted by Kasia Anderson 

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