The talk-show marathon capped a busy week of public appearances for Bush, one of several Republicans seen as potential contenders for the 2016 presidential nomination. Bush said it is too early to seriously ponder a bid for the White House.
“I’ve decided to defer any consideration of it until the proper time … which is out more than a year from now, for sure,” Bush said on CNN’s “State of the Union” show. “When I go through that process, I’ll let you know.”
Bush’s book tour has sparked a torrent of speculation about his political future, but he has shrugged off questions about his plans without definitively ruling out a presidential bid.
“I’m not viewing this as a political re-entry,” he told ABC’s “This Week” of the media tour for his book. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he described the media as “crack addicts” obsessed with speculation about the campaign.
Bush is one of a handful of potential Republican contenders in the public eye in recent months, a list that also includes Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Bush has come under fire for appearing to backtrack on his support for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. A passage in his book proposes a path to legal residency for undocumented immigrants but tough conditions for citizenship.
“I haven’t changed,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” show. “I support a path to legalization or citizenship so long as the path for people that have been waiting patiently is easier and costs less – the legal entrance to our country – than illegal entrance.”
Republicans have become more favorable to the idea of a path to citizenship since losing the Hispanic vote by a big margin in November, and Bush said he backs bipartisan Senate efforts to develop a comprehensive immigration plan led by a group including Rubio.
“This is a very encouraging time, because if we can get immigration right, imagine, there’s possibilities of cats and dogs living with one another in other policy areas as well,” Bush said.
While Bush’s father and brother were both presidents, he said he did not believe he would carry any “Bush baggage” into a possible presidential bid. He said his brother George’s unpopular 2001-2009 tenure in the White House will eventually be viewed more favorably.
“I love my brother. I’m proud of his accomplishments. I love my dad, I’m proud to be a Bush and if I run for president it is not because of something in my DNA that compels me to do it,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” DM
Photo: Former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush speaks while promoting his book “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution” at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California March 8, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Since its release, Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book Gangster State, has sparked numerous fascist-like behavior from certain members of the public (and the State). There have been planned book burnings, disrupted launches and Ace Magashule has openly called him a liar. And just to say thanks, a R10m defamation suit has been lodged against the author.
Pieter-Louis Myburgh is our latest Scorpio Investigative journalist recruit and we’re not going to let him and his crucial book be silenced. When the Cape Town launch was postponed, Maverick Insider stepped in and relocated it to a secure location so that Pieter-Louis’ revelations could be heard by the public. If we’ve learnt one thing over the past ten years it is this: when anyone tries to infringe on our constitutional rights, we have to fight back. Every day, our journalists are uncovering more details and evidence of State Capture and its various reincarnations. The rot is deep and the threats, like this recent one to freedom of speech, are real. You can support the cause by becoming an Insider and help free the speech that can make a difference.
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