A 2016 presidential run could be in the cards for Jeb Bush, the former Florida GOP governor said Monday.
“That’s way off into the future,” the younger brother of former President George W. Bush said on NBC's "Today" show. “I have a voice and I want to share my beliefs about how the conservative movement and the Republican Party can regain its footing, because we’ve lost our way.”
Bush said campaigning for the White House was a possible way to share those beliefs.
“I won’t [rule out a run], but I’m not going to declare today either,” he said.
Bush has made a number of moves over the past months that have stirred speculation about his potential presidential ambitions. Later this month, he'll speak to the Conservative Political Action Conference for the first time. The Washington, D.C.-area gathering is generally seen as a proving ground for GOP presidential aspirants seeking to test their message and support.
In November, Bush also huddled in Washington with a group of advisers from his brother's White House. He downplayed the significance of the meeting at the time, saying it was only about "education reform." Bush has emerged as a leading authority on the subject after pushing through comprehensive education reform while serving as Florida governor.
As The New York Times reported last year, avid supporters of Bush have touted his potential ability to resonate with the Latino electorate. Bush speaks fluent Spanish and favors a moderate approach to immigration reform. His wife, Columba, was also born and raised in Mexico.