In the surest sign yet that Jeb Bush is seriously considering a 2016 presidential run, the former Florida Governor, and brother of President George W. Bush, will launch an exploratory committee which will allow him to begin raising money for a possible campaign.

Report from Fox News:

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced Tuesday that he plans to “actively explore” a run for president, taking his most definitive step yet toward mounting a 2016 campaign.

The former GOP governor — and son and brother of past Republican presidents — also said he plans to launch a new political operation allowing him to raise money for like-minded politicians.

In a message posted on social media on Tuesday, Bush said he’s discussed his plans with his family.

“As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States,” Bush said.

He added, “In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America.”

A spokeswoman labeled this move as a test to see whether Jeb can find support to launch a campaign. I would actually take this as a shot toward the possibility of Mitt Romney running again in 2016. There has been a lot of talk lately in that regard and perhaps this is Jeb’s way of signaling he intends to run and intends to sure up his financial backers lest they be looking at Romney.

With this announcement, Jeb Bush will join Democrat Jim Webb as the only two major candidates who have launched exploratory committees so far in the 2016 cycle.

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    • Bob — good one!

      Here is one off topic (but has to do with BIG $$$$$$$ donors getting preferential treatment):

      *Ecuador Family Wins Favors After Donations to Obama Campaign*

      Partial from the MUST READ article below: “The Obama administration has allowed the family’s patriarchs, Roberto
      and William Isaías, to remain in the United States, refusing to
      extradite them to Ecuador. The two brothers were sentenced in absentia
      in 2012 to eight years in prison, accused of running their bank into the
      ground and then presenting false balance sheets to profit from bailout
      funds. In a highly politicized case, Ecuador says the fraud cost the
      country $400 million.”

      http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ecuador-family-wins-favors-after-donations-to-obama-campaign/ar-BBgTqtp

      It’s high time Obama gets Impeached — and sent to jail for life for his non-stop abuses of the Rule of Law!

  1. I agree that if Bush actively runs, it’ll put the nail in the coffin of any idea of a Romney re-run. (Woo-hoo!) They’re both Wall Streeters, and big business apologists.

    The big difference is that Jeb is committing himself to “straight talk,” without pandering. Rand has been flip-flopping. And it would be a very different campaign if Bush and Webb ran. No BS. But it’d be no fun for extremists of both sides.

    While I’m sick of dynasties, Jeb is quite different from dad and bro. He’s tougher than dad and, well, he’s always been called “the smart brother.”

  2. I have to admit that I have not followed the “Common Core” flap over the past year. But now that I’ve heard more about it, I’m even more curious as to why Jeb is saying he’s for it. Just seems to be picking a fight for no reason, on a non-issue. With all that’s going on in the world, why pick that–and why be for it, since it’s already installed and being repealed?

    • Goethe…for some reason, I thought you were a teacher in our educational system. Am I wrong?
      Political opposition to the Common Core was never about the substance of excellent education for our children but about the politics of adults. Forty five states, the District of Columbia, and four
      territories adopted Common Core. The Louisiana state legislature recently re-affirmed its commitment to the Common Core, but Governor Bobby Jindal is still seeking a way to bypass lawmakers and sideline the standards. However, he still wants and gets Title 1 money

      The Texas Legislature, and Rick Perry, passed a law prohibiting the state or local school districts from using Common Core standards. They never read it… never tried it. At what cost? Inferior education for Texas children. Nationally applied tests including the SAT,ACT and AP exams to enter higher learning facilities are being written in alignment with Common Core. Texas students will be at a stark disadvantage when taking entrance exams to Universities. Texas just lost a 120 million grant for pre-kindergarten classes for failing to propose enough new slots and not detailing a strong strategy to support children from birth through elementary school. Texas will lose millions of dollars yearly by foregoing Race to the Top grants and declining to adopt the Common Core curriculum standards. But the one thing all opponents of this bill knew was being left intact, Section A of Title I which provides grants to all states to distribute directly to their school districts. Title 1 is by far the largest source of federal money for all schools.

      My neighboring state of Oklahoma is one of the states to repeal Common Core. Oklahoma’s governor, Mary Fallin, was chair of the National Governors Association that originated Common Core. Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas are well known for oil production and poor education, especially in rural areas.

      • Tess: Good memory. Yes, I’m a former high school teacher. But not anymore, so I haven’t watched Common Core.

        I just read about it and found that it was mostly installed, except that some in Bush’s base are trying to repeal it. So, from a political standpoint, saying nothing would have been the wiser stance

        Most people don’t know about, or don’t care about, Common Core. So why make it one of only two main issues? The other, Immigration, is also not popular with the right wing.

        Maybe his candidacy is ruse–just an attempt by the GOP establishment to pick a fight with the more extreme elements?

        • Goethe – it all boils down to what should be the curriculum of the Common Core. If it is our true history with no flagrant interference of Ideology. Proven successful axioms of math/Trig/Algebra Also the principles of the three largest eastern religions and the three monotheistic religions without any corny crap about singularity for Power and Control

          • Sam: Actually, my point throughout has been to question why on earth JEB chose to bring up an issue almost no one cares about–and to be on the “federal control” side of it.

            But to your point, CC only covers math and English. The idea was that those two subjects are needed to churn out workers.

            That’s why the Chamber of Commerce is pushing it:

            http://www.businessforcore.org/

            And maybe that’s JEB’s reasoning–putting traditional GOP business support ahead of the newer social issues. Put another way, “$$$.”

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