Personal Liberty Poll
Two years out from the 2016 Presidential election, pundit speculation suggests that American voters are in for a battle between two political dynasties, with Hillary Clinton being the Democrats’ likely pick and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as the GOP standard-bearer. Either outcome would be devastating for the Nation’s conservatives, especially considering the endorsements that Bush is already getting.
During a recent speaking engagement at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, House Speaker John Boehner said that, while it “is way too early” to pick a 2016 candidate, he is urging his friend Bush to run.
“Jeb Bush is my friend,” Boehner said. “I think he’d make a great president. And I’ve been nudging him for some time.”
Much of Boehner’s focus during a Q&A portion of the event was on his effort to force Republicans to take up immigration reform, a task that another Bush White House would certainly make easier.
“I do think we are getting closer on the policy side, in terms of how to deal with [immigration],” Boehner said. “The problem we’ve got is the president has to demonstrate that we can trust him.”
Boehner also told the audience that he’s confident he can retain his position as Speaker.
“I’m running for re-election,” Boehner said. “I expect I will be speaker.”
Meanwhile, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also praised Bush in a recent interview with POLITICO. The former mayor said that he counts both potential candidates as close friends.
“Jeb’s on the board of the [Bloomberg] Foundation,” Bloomberg said. “I think he did a very good job on education in Florida. He’s good on education. He’s good on immigration, and he’s had the courage to stand up.”
He added: “I have no idea whether she’s going to run or he’ll run. … If the public had the choice between those two, I think there’s two quality people. And they’re very different … they just have very different views of what government is … [and] criticizing Jeb for some things is just as unfair as criticizing Hillary for some of these things.”