WASHINGTON — Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush appeared on five morning talk shows yesterday to plug his new book on immigration, but said his heightened visibility does not mean he is re-entering politics or planning a White House run – not yet, anyway.
The talk-show marathon capped a busy week of public appearances for Bush, one of several Republicans seen as potential contenders for the 2016 presidential nomination. Bush said it is too early to seriously ponder a bid for the White House.
“I’ve decided to defer any consideration of it until the proper time … which is out more than a year from now, for sure,” Bush said on CNN’s State of the Union show. “When I go through that process, I’ll let you know.”
Bush’s book tour has sparked a torrent of speculation about his political future, but he has shrugged off questions about his plans without definitively ruling out a presidential bid.
“I’m not viewing this as a political re-entry,” he told ABC’s This Week of the media tour for his book. On NBC’s Meet the Press, he described the media as “crack addicts” obsessed with speculation about the campaign.
Bush is one of a handful of potential Republican contenders in the public eye in recent months, a list that also includes Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. (Reuters)