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Jeb Bush explores 2016 presidential run, but is he electable?




Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks during the Wall Street Journal CEO Council in Washington, DC, December 1, 2014.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks during the Wall Street Journal CEO Council in Washington, DC, December 1, 2014.
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Could we see a third Bush in the White House? Jeb Bush has announced that he is “actively exploring” a presidential run in 2016. The former Florida governor and brother of former president George W. Bush posted the news to Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday, saying also that he planned to establish a leadership PAC. A note on Bush’s Facebook page says the PAC will “help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation.” He also told a Miami television station over the weekend that he planned to release 250,000 emails from his time as Florida’s governor in an attempt to be “”totally transparent.” Up to this point, Bush had been hesitant about running for president because of the impact it would have on his family.

Bush is now the first major GOP candidate to announce that he’s taking actual steps toward a presidential bid. The question now is this: is Bush the candidate that Republicans need to lead them into the 2016 election? How does he stack up against other potential GOP candidates like Florida Senator Marco Rubio or New Jersey Governor Chris Christie? What about against potential Democratic candidates like Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden?

Guests: 

David Carney, CEO, Norway Hill Associates, Inc., a political consultant firm based in New Hampshire. Former political director of the George H.W. Bush White House and was a top political strategist for the Rick Perry’s 2012 presidential campaign

Jim Antle, editor of the Daily Caller News Foundation, a political conservative nonprofit news organization based in D.C. Author of the book, “Devouring Freedom: Can Big Government Ever Be Stopped?” (Regnery Publishing, 2013)