Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (Andy Jacobsohn / Getty Images / AFP)
Will the White House soon host another President Bush? According to family members, Jeb Bush — a son of former president George H.W. Bush and the brother of the current president’s predecessor, George W. Bush — is eyeing the oval office.
With the 2016 presidential election now nearly just two years away, potential candidates are becoming increasingly pressured to announce once and for all if they’re willing to throw their hat into the race. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has long been rumored to be considering a run in 2016 under the Republican Party ticket which, if successful, would make him the third Bush to win a presidential election in 30 years. Now, two of his sons are lending credence to those rumors by telling the media that the odds are better than ever that Jeb Bush will run in 2016.
"I think it's more than likely that he's giving this serious thought in moving forward ... that he'll run," son George P. Bush told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.
“No question,” Jeb Bush Jr., another son of the former governor, added to the New York Times, “people are getting fired up about it — donors and people who have been around the political process for a while, people he’s known in Tallahassee when he was governor. The family, we’re geared up either way.”
Additionally, Jeb Jr. added to the Times for an article published on Sunday that his mother, Columba Bush, has given Jeb Sr. her go ahead to pursue the White House. And according to one “family insider” quoted anonymous by the Times’ Peter Baker, George W. Bush — or “Bush 43,” as he’s often called to differentiate himself from his father, George H.W. Bush, or “Bush “41” — wants his brother Jeb to enter the race.
“The one person who is really, really trying to get Jeb to run is George W.,” the source told Baker. “He’s talking it up all the time.”
“The family will be behind him 100 percent,” George P. Bush, Jeb Bush's eldest son, added during the ABC News interview over the weekend.
Should Jeb Sr. embrace his family’s urges and formally announce his intent to run for president, then he is expected to get a type of boost that other GOP candidate could only hope for: along with the direct familial links to two former presidents, a Bush 2016 campaign will also almost certainly gain the support of the Washington elite that worked with both of those administration for a combined 12 years in the White House. In the Sunday article published by the Times, Baker wrote that the “Bush clan” extends beyond just common kinship, and includes decades’ worth of high-power shot-callers equipped with not just the influence, but also the monetary means that could make securing the GOP ticket, and even the White House, easier to accomplish when compared to other potential contenders.
“And then there is the larger Bush clan, the vast constellation of friends, advisers, strategists, pollsters, fund-raisers, donors and supporters assembled over several generations in public life,” Baker wrote. “With Jeb Bush, the former two-term governor of Florida, comes one more chance to reach the top. ‘They’re like horses in the stall waiting for the gate to break,’ said one family insider who has known Jeb Bush for decades and like others did not want to be named. ‘They’re all jumping up and down.’”
That isn’t to say, however, that a Bush ticket in 2016 will have the full support of the GOP. Other Republicans have been hesitant to formally announce their interest in the next presidential race, and Hillary Clinton — long rumored to be the Democratic Party’s likely pick to try and preserve the White House for the left — has all but confirmed as much. Nevertheless, Boston Globe columnist Kimberly Atkins argued on Monday this week that Jeb Bush leaves more to be desired, as far as some Republicans are concerned.
“Many Republicans, especially conservatives in crucial early voting states such as Iowa, shudder at the idea of the type of comprehensive immigration reform that Bush advocates. Others bristle at the mere idea of Common Core in their kids’ schools, another policy Bush backs. Many remain irked at his refusal to sign a no-new-taxes pledge. Still more must hold their noses before the idea of another Bush in the White House is even palatable,” Atkins opined. “But smart members of the GOP will keep their eye on one overriding fact: Bush gives the party its best shot at beating Hillary Clinton.”
Jeb Bush Sr., 61, served as the governor of Florida from 1999 through 2007. His son, George P., previously told the media that he wanted to see his father on the 2012 GOP presidential ticket that was eventually won by Mitt Romney.
At the 4th of November will the so-called Midterm elections take place in the US, in the middle of the four-year term of office of the President.
Here, a third of the senators and the entire house of representatives is re-determined, as well as a part of the governors elected.
Also the parliaments of most of the States are new cast.
It is an important appointment and barometer, because it shows the mood in the country and what the population thinks of the work of the President.
According to the latest polls is the level of agreement (approval rating), the lowest in his term of office.
According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll taken last Wednesday was published that only 40 percent of Americans agree with the work of Obama.
The mood is so bad, most of the candidates of the Democrats do not want Obama to help them during the election campaign in their state, because they are afraid of a damage to the image.
Parsifal, October 21, 2014
On Sunday, Obama made one of these rare appearances in Maryland where he spoke in front of supporters of the candidate of the Democrats for the office of the Governor, Anthony Brown.
He droned out his usual list of fabricated economic data, what progress would have brought his term of office for the population.
This, the situation in the USA is very bad, with 46.6 million Americans life on food stamps, and 93 million who are not in work, the housing market is dead and economy just collapses.
From the gigantic national debt not to speak.
In the middle of his speech many in the audience stood up from their seats and have left the audience.
Obviously, they could listen no longer the Bullshit he mortised.
These are members of his own party !
Even his former fans are sick over the empty saying 'Hope and Change' and finally remember, Obama is just as bad as the predecessor Bush, or even worse, in which he has only pursued the interests of the financial sharks on Wall Street and the defense industry.
What everything has Obama promised ?
After six years, the torture prison of Guantanamo Bay is still in operation,
the NSA spy on the whole world,
his killerdrones fly over various countries and at random murdering civilians,
he has ordered a new bombing war against Iraq and Syria,
the coup d'états as in Ukraine and the newly revived Cold War with sanctions and provocations against Russia, he also has to answer.
The Nobel peace prize winner has humanity brought again very close to a world war and the world economy pining away.
Great performance for the 'Angel Of Peace'.
To yet to confirm the embarrassment, in September, Obama visited on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly with his 'wife' Michelle the chic New York Restaurant Estela.
He wanted to pay the bill with his credit card which was rejected because locked.
The 'First Lady' has then stepped in and paid the dinner with her credit card.
Imagine the President of the United States is not creditworthy and can not pay.
Symptomatic for the condition of the whole country under his rule !
Whatever became of the German Obama Fanatics ?
I can remember, in July 2008 were fabulous 215.000 screaming and cheering Germans in Berlin at the Triumphal Column to hear the speech by then-presidential candidate Barack Obama and five million people watched him on television.
At that time I shook my head about this hysterical euphoria and thought how utterly stupid one must be to do that ?
To idolize a Nobody from America without track record, and Germans can not even elect !
Here's what I've written about Obama in 2008, as he not even was in office:
The hypnotic Obama Fans will suddenly realize that their star of hope was not more than a fast dying shooting star, a human marketing, a salesman for the next great product with new packaging and old content.
'Yes we can', are only the first three words of the longer sentence: 'Yes, we can continue to work, consume, pay taxes, zip it and obey'.
Oh, how about President Putin's Approval Rating ?
It hits all-time high at 87% in August 2014 (Gallup) short past the crash of the Malaysian Flight MH17.
This agreement of his policy in Russia is even higher as of John F. Kennedy in the US (April, 1961, 83%)
Aloha Tatiana, I hope this post will cheer your Birthday.
A woman votes at a polling station during the elections. (RIA Novosti / Konstantin Chalabov)
A fresh Russian bill introduces fines for illegal sponsoring of political organizations and expands obligatory reporting on sources and spending on election campaigns for regional and municipal polls.
The bill has been initiated in accordance with recommendations of the Group of States Against Corruption – the major anti-corruption monitoring group associated with the Council of Europe. It is also supported by leading Russian MPs.
The amendments touch upon a number of existing laws and introduce several changes. For example, all parties would have to report on funds spent on regional and municipal elections and referendums. The norm already existed for federal level elections, but the new amendments lower the maximum amount of donation that does not require a report from the current 400,000 rubles to 200,000 rubles (US$5700-$11400).
The new bill also requires that candidates in federal polls report all transfers over 100,000 rubles ($2850) from their election funds. The current maximum allowed unreported payment in 200,000 rubles ($5700).
Parties that fail to report their financial transactions on time will be punished by fines – from 5,000 to 10,000 rubles ($140-$285) for first time offenders and from 10,000 to 30,000 rubles ($285 - $860) for repeated violation within one year.
Those responsible for illegal sponsorship of political groups will also be fined – private persons will have to pay 1,000–1,500 rubles ($28-$43) and legal entities – between 20 000 and 30 000 rubles ($570-$860).
Another new restriction is the ban on sponsorship of political parties and organizations via intermediaries.
Russian politicians and experts noted in comments that the new amendments can be used by the authorities to target smaller opposition parties, but they also acknowledged that the parliamentary majority United Russia party would also lose the opportunity to use its numerous support funds.
Business daily Kommersant quoted an unnamed source in United Russia as saying that such funds are often very independent organizations, especially in the provinces, and the changes would jeopardize their projects, including those in the social sphere.
The new bill will also put an end to the current ambiguity surrounding donations on political purposes via the internet. The method was pioneered by anti-corruption blogger Aleksey Navalny when he took part in the mayoral elections in Moscow last August – several people from his elections HQ made large donations for the campaign from their personal funds and asked other supporters to compensate them.
However, law enforcers have claimed that the enthusiasts collected much more money than they actually paid and never returned the margin to the original donors. In late May, three people, including a municipal deputy, were charged with violating the rules of financing an election campaign and a large-scale fraud committed by an organized group. If convicted, the suspects could face up to 10 years in prison.