Friends cited a number of reasons in the past for his reluctance, including concerns that the country might not be eager for another Bush and that his wife, Columba, who has shied from the spotlight, was not interested in the demands of a national campaign.
But Bush told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd in one interview that he now feels more strongly positioned. “I’m not saying yes. I’m just not saying no,” Bush said, appearing on “The Daily Rundown.” “I’ve accomplished some things in my life that allow me now to, to have that kind of discretion, to be able to think about it.”
People close to him say Bush’s view on the matter has definitely changed.
“In the past, Governor Bush has consistently dismissed any notion of running for president,” said Justin Sayfie, a former Bush aide and Republican fundraiser. “In recent days, he’s left that door completely wide open.”
Bush confidants say his book rollout was not intended to be political. He may run for president, but his intentions this week have been focused on helping solve the immigration puzzle. No campaign exists or is even in the works.
Quipped Bradshaw, Bush’s longtime adviser: “Obviously there’s not a great amount of coordination, as evidenced by the last couple of days.”