Joe Trippi, who worked on a number of presidential campaigns and served as campaign manager for Howard Dean's presidential run in 2004, appeared on the Fox News Channel Saturday. He said, "I saw Jeb Bush at George Herbert Walker Bush's 25th anniversary of his presidency. I went in thinking, 'Oh my gosh, one more Bush,' and was very discouraged even thinking about it.”
Bush, the former governor of Florida for two terms, is seriously considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. His star power and campaign contributions have raised considerably since the leading moderate in the field, Gov. Chris Christie, ran into political troubles in his home state of New Jersey.
But at least one veteran Democratic strategist is growing deeply concerned that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush could pose a serious challenge to the Democrats' control of the White House in 2016 – especially if the upcoming House hearings on Benghazi leave Clinton, the former secretary of state whose watch Benghazi happened on, politically damaged.
Upon seeing Jeb Bush at his father’s celebration, he said "I was really impressed. The only question I have is I am not sure he can get the nomination. The party sort of moved beyond the Bushes. I mean they think they're too liberal or something. So I am not sure he can get the nomination. Frankly, as a Democrat, I would be worried about him. I think we underestimate him."
Bush has cleverly distanced himself from some more hardcore conservatives. He is one of the few Republican voices calling for serious immigration reform. Last April, he gave an infamous interview where he stated that people who come to America illegally to provide a better life for their families are committing "an act of love," an "act of commitment to your family."
That did not endear him to the far right who are desperately fighting to nominate a more conservative candidate. It is their belief that McCain in 2008 and Romney in 2012 were not able to provide the stimulus for Republican s to come out and vote.
Bush remains undecided. As late as last February, he said he would not make a decision until "at least a year from now." A year is a lifetime in politics.
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