As Jeb Bush continues his tour of the country promoting his new book Immigration Wars, he continues to be getting more of the same questions regarding his future plans for office. Bush, whose PR team must be working overtime, got gigs on all five Sunday morning political talk shows (Meet the Press, Face the Nation, State of the Union, This Week & Fox News Sunday) and conversations at times go heated.
On Meet the Press, when host David Gregory asked if him or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was the “hottest Florida politician” only to follow up with “Who are we more likely to see in the White House”. Bush would testily respond with:
Man, you guys are crack addicts. You really are obsessed with all this politics,” Bush replied. At that point, Gregory said he had been called a lot of things in life, but not a crack addict. “OK, heroin addict,” Bush replied. “Is that better?” He then went on to praise Rubio for working on some of the “big challenges” facing the country.
Now in one sense, Jeb Bush isn’t completely wrong; the 2016 election has already gotten a fair share of coverage (just look at this blog for any further proof though it’s not exactly “the media”) but his quick response is fairly telling. He never denied any interest in the White House and offered generic praise for his fellow Floridian.
Jeb then told CNN that he doesn’t know if he will run in 2016 but does not feel the family name will bring him down in any sense and also believes history will be kind to his brother, 43rd President George W. Bush.
Yet Jeb’s answers do indicate that he is not, at the least, closing the door on a run in 2016 and if anything; he might see 2016 as a way to redeem the family name in some capacity. With the recent health scares of George H.W. Bush, it’s unlikely we will see the 41st President on any talk shows and George W. Bush’s post-Presidency hasn’t exactly been a publicity tour. If anything, Jeb Bush might be the only Bush family member who has enough popularity or name recognition and is actually willing to be a talk show guest.
Nonetheless, Jeb’s biggest rival may not be Rubio but his name. Though if one is to be completely fair, the media is about as addicted to 2016 as Jeb Bush is to flip-flopping on immigration.