Rumors Swirl Again About Jeb Bush And Presidential Race

Republican dissatisfaction over the field of GOP 2012 presidential candidates has again thrust former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush into the rumormill.

After Bush wrote an essay for the Wall Street Journal about the importance of capitalism in America, the rumors swirled that Bush was going to make a last-minute bid to take on President Barack Obama in 2012.

Bush stopped the chatter quickly with an email to Politico stating simply: “not running.”

It’s at least the second time since October Bush has had to shoot down rumors that he is angling for a White House run.

Republican political consultant Ford O’Connell said the recent two-day non-story shows just how the current field has failed to ignite the enthusiasm among the core Republican voters.

“With the Republican base there is some worry that whoever they nominate can’t beat Barack Obama,” O’Connell said.

O’Connell said Bush is the perfect candidate because he has elected experience, yet has been in private business, too.

Bush may insist he is out for 2012, but O’Connell said if Obama wins re-election, Bush will be at the top of the list as GOP contenders for 2016.

“He is the Republican front runner for 2016,” O’Connell said.

Read more from Jeremy Wallace at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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