Bush 2016 Potential Means A Hopeless Future For American Conservatives
May 13, 2014 by Sam Rolley
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 Democratsâ€™ likely pick and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as the GOP standard-bearer. Either outcome would be devastating for the Nationâ€™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 â€śis way too earlyâ€ť to pick a 2016 candidate, he is urging his friend Bush to run.
â€śJeb Bush is my friend,â€ť Boehner said. “I think heâ€™d make a great president. And Iâ€™ve been nudging him for some time.â€ť
Much of Boehnerâ€™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.
â€śI do think we are getting closer on the policy side, in terms of how to deal with [immigration],â€ť Boehner said. â€śThe problem weâ€™ve got is the president has to demonstrate that we can trust him.â€ť
Boehner also told the audience that heâ€™s confident he can retain his position as Speaker.
â€śIâ€™m running for re-election,â€ť Boehner said. â€śI expect I will be speaker.â€ť
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.
â€śJebâ€™s on the board of the [Bloomberg] Foundation,â€ť Bloomberg said. â€śI think he did a very good job on education in Florida. Heâ€™s good on education. Heâ€™s good on immigration, and heâ€™s had the courage to stand up.â€ť
He added: â€śI have no idea whether sheâ€™s going to run or heâ€™ll run. â€¦ If the public had the choice between those two, I think thereâ€™s two quality people. And theyâ€™re very different â€¦ they just have very different views of what government is â€¦ [and] criticizing Jeb for some things is just as unfair as criticizing Hillary for some of these things.â€ť