TALLAHASSEE, Fla. A new poll in Iowa shows former Florida Governor Jeb Bush running second to Mike Huckabee in the 2016 GOP Presidential Primary. Astounding numbers, for a man not yet in the race.
Jeb Bush was inaugurated twice as Florida's governor. The first and only Republican so far to have two terms.
Al Cardenas is one of Jeb Bush's closest advisors. He thinks the former Governor is inching closer to making the run for president. "If you had asked me six months ago, I would have said it's highly unlikely he will run. If you asked me today, I would say it's fifty-fifty."
Cardenas says the run is anything but certain. "As a friend I want him to do what's best for him and his family and he ought to make a decision based on knowing all of the facts and I think that's the process he's going through right now."
"Jeb Bush has been taking a lot of flak from his party's right over comments on immigration, or as he called it, 'an act of love for their children.'"
Bush has always been a moderate on immigration and while the right wing of his party is unhappy, political scientist Susan MacManus believes Bush's statements will end up helping, not hurting if he runs. "His view, which right now may be, not what the extremely conservative people want, but it may be mainstream by the time the election comes along."
And MacManus says the former governor's doing all the right things to get in the presidential race. But in the end, "A lot of people think he will make his decision on whether he feels like based on polls and gut instincts and everything else that he can beat Hilary Clinton."
Bush has promised a decision after this November's election.
Jeb Bush's oldest son, George P. Bush is running for a statewide office in Texas. Asked if the country has Bush fatigue after two Bush presidencies, Al Cardenas told Mike Vasilinda that will be up to the people's choice.