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US gets ready for third Bush in White House

world Updated: Mar 07, 2013 02:25 IST
Yashwant Raj

The US is getting ready for a third Bush in the White House, as former Florida governor Jeb Bush indicated in a string of interviews Tuesday he was not ruling it out.

For readers of tea leaves, that was the closest Bush had come to an announcement, having turned down calls from Republicans twice before, in 2008 and 2012.

Bush, 60, told CNN he would consider the question of running for the White House after a year, which, the pundits quickly pointed out, was not saying no.

“I’m not saying yes. I’m just not saying no,” he said in another interview.

“I’ve accomplished some things in my life that allow me now to, to have that kind of discretion, to be able to think about it.”

These comments came during interviews Bush was doing to promote his new book, Immigration Wars.

Bush’s family legacy, however, will be a mixed bag.

His father was a one-term president, a rare failing — most get another term — and his brother left office as one of the most unpopular presidents ever.

But the family’s existing network of political aides and strategists and, most importantly, donors and fundraisers will put Bush ahead of his rivals.

Among them is Louisiana’s Indian-American governor Bobby Jindal, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan and senator Marco Rubio.

Bush has another advantage, by marriage. He is married to a Mexican American and is fluent in Spanish, which may give him the access to Hispanic votes that Republicans never get.