In answers to questions from the audience after a speech in Dallas on Feb. 23, new GOP frontrunner Jeb Bush cautioned the remaining Republican campaigns from drifting so far to the right that they put off the key independent voters needed to beat President Barack Obama in November. "I think it's important for the candidates to recognize though they have to appeal to primary voters, and not turn off independent voters that will be part of a winning coalition," Bush told the audience in a CBS News TV report. According to news media in both the U.S. and England, 59-year-old Jeb Bush is being named as a possible Republican frontrunner for the nomination to run against President Barack Obama in the November election. For the first time in GOP poll, Republicans were asked who they’d “really like” to run against Obama, and more said “they’d probably vote for a generic Republican candidate (44 percent,” with Jeb Bush “eyed as the latest ‘white knight’ candidate in the GOP presidential race,” reported London’s Guardian Feb. 24.
In turn, the report noted how this “former Florida governor was critical of current field in a speech this week; prompting rumors he could be a surprise contender," and also "stirring up waves on the political scene," say media experts.
Jeb Bush blasts GOP candidates
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush expressed anguish over the rhetoric he's heard in the various 2012 GOP debates, stated a recent report on the Texas political website crooksandliars.com; while stating how “Jeb is very concerned that the four stooges’ ‘who can be the craziest?’ contest is turning-off non-wing-nut America.”
The crooksandliars.com website then went on to quote Jeb Bush on the current “crazy” situation that has Republican candidates hurting each other. "I used to be a conservative and I watch these debates and I'm wondering, I don't think I've changed, but it's a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people's fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective and that's kind of where we are," said Jeb Bush. "I think it changes when we get to the general election. I hope."
In turn, throughout 2009 and 2010, there have been rumors that Jeb Bush would win the Republican nomination for the 2012 presidential election if he wanted it. Now, with renewed calls for him to run for president – given the fact that the current GOP candidates seem to “sound crazy,” state political scientists speaking on PBS and in London’s Guardian – Jeb Bush reportedly said his reply is now “Yes,” reported guardian.co.uk.
Foreign visitors view Bush family as royals
Foreign visitors -- who fly into Houston’s international airport -- note that the airport is named for former President George Bush. In turn, they know his son, George W. Bush, was also a president. Now, they’re hearing that another Bush son might run for the presidency. “It might seem to a foreign visitor that we have kings here called the Bush family that some may view as a royal family,” said Martin, a recent visitor to America who traveled by way of “Bush Airport” in Houston.
Thus, it’s no surprise to Americans that Jeb Bush is the brother of President George W Bush and son of President George Bush Sr. In turn, guardian.co.uk reported Feb. 24 that Jeb Bush is “a beloved figure among many conservatives who see him as a strong and charismatic leader who is popular in the must-win swing state of Florida.”
His full name is John Ellis “Jeb” Bush, and is an American politician by profession. He served as the 43rd governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007. Jeb Bush is also viewed as the “saner” of the Bush brothers, say political experts, when pointing to brothers George W., Neil and Marvin who’ve had their own controversies in the past.
GOP tired of back-biting candidates
Jeb Bush actually appears a bit “more sane and normal than the current crop of Republican crazies who want President Obama’s job,” explained “Occupy Eugene” protester Blake during a recent Huliq interview. However, Blake reminds voters “that Jeb is an inside guy with the family, and he’s also about power and control for the Republicans.”
In turn, the Guardian reported Feb. 24 “that contrasts with a widespread unease among many Republican leaders and grassroots activists with the remaining crop of Republican candidates and the vitriolic nature of the fight between frontrunner Mitt Romney and his main challengers Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.”
Also, with Mitt Romney failing so far to secure the nomination – and with no convincing challenger emerging to unseat him – the Guardian reported how “many Republican pundits have speculated about the possibility that none of the current field will be able to amass enough support to secure the nomination this August in Tampa. Though that is still unlikely, and Romney remains a favorite to win the contest, it has led to a slew of names being mentioned as possible "white knights" that could still enter the race or emerge at Tampa as a compromise candidate to unite a splintered party. They include Bush, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Indiana governor Mitch Daniels and Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan.”
Sarah Palin still a “rogue” candidate
Though none of these figures have expressed any intention to run, and several have repeatedly denied it, “Bush's comments are likely to set the rumor mill spinning furiously,” stated guardian.co.uk; while also pointing to Sarah Palin has “maybe wanting to run.”
For instance, the latest rumors about Jeb Bush deciding to run “comes after Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin entered the fray, raising the idea that she might see herself as her party's savior.”
In recent interviews the former Alaska governor has said she would "help" out the party if a contested convention happened and told CNN earlier this month that she believed such an event would be a good thing. "I don't think it would be a negative for the party … That's part of the competition, that's part of the process and it may happen," she said.
Also, guardian.co.uk noted how “Ron Paul's campaign has also complicated matters. Though the libertarian-leaning Texan congressman has not yet won a single state's popular ballot, he is trying to build up a large number of delegates to take to Tampa. In caucus states, where complex rules mean the number of delegates assigned to a candidate can outweigh their score in the popular vote, Ron Paul's campaign is working hard to win as much support as possible. That could see him amass a body of delegates in Tampa that far exceeds his standings in the polls and makes a contested convention, with no one having enough support to secure victory, more likely.”
In a hypothetical general election context, President Obama still leads Romney, Santorum and Gingrich, but political science experts told BBC News recently “that’s 'until' Jeb Bush decides to run for president in 2012."
Image source of Jeb Bush who is now the new GOP frontrunner for the 2012 nomination because some Republicans say they are turned-off by the remaining field of candidates, say political experts. Photo courtesy Wikipedia