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Bush 3.0? Jeb Bush, son and brother of former US presidents, hints at White House run

Published on Apr 10, 2014 11:24 AM
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush waving to the audience on the final day of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida on Aug 30, 2012. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Last year family matriarch Barbara Bush proclaimed there have been "enough Bushes" in the White House, but recently son Jeb unambiguously revived prospects of extending the political dynasty.

In his most elaborate discussion yet on the matter of 2016, the popular two-term Republican Governor of Florida sent a jolt through the political chattering class by promising he will decide by year's end whether he will run, and by laying out what a possible Jeb Bush candidacy might look like.

At an event marking the 25th anniversary of his father George Bush's presidency, the second son discussed his own prospective campaign - an "optimistic" challenge to today's rough-and-tumble politics that have marred recent Republican nominating contests.

Should he run, Mr Bush said on Sunday at his father's presidential library, he would not get drawn "back into the vortex of the mud fight". While core conservatives like Senator Ted Cruz, a putative 2016 rival, have argued that Republicans must nominate the most conservative electable candidate, Mr Bush takes the middle road.

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