Jeb Bush will run for U.S. President in 2016 ... according to former George W. Bush communications director turned The View co-host Nicolle Wallace!
“I’m so excited that Jeb Bush is running,” Wallace said of the 2016 election in an interview with The Insider’s Debbie Matenopoulos on Thursday.
“He really sort of shaped my views of what a conservative can be and is, and the problems they can solve and how they can solve them differently.”
“I hope he’s successful. I hope he wins the nomination. I hope he wins the White House. But I’m going to be cheering for him from here,” she added.
By that, Wallace meant that while she “would do anything” for the Bush family, she has no intention of leaving her post to work in the White House.
But the Republican ex-Governor of Florida and brother of George W. Bush has not officially announced his candidacy yet. So ... thank you Nicolle?
If this was his de facto entry into the race, he probably imagined it happening in a slightly different way. But hey, you gotta start somewhere right?
Assuming he really is planning a bid to become the third Bush president in the last five, Jeb faces some stiff opposition within the GOP.
Popular U.S. Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have all announced their candidacies to succeed Barack Obama this spring.
Many other big names are mulling candidacies for the Republicans as well, ensuring a crowded, hard-fought campaign this year and next.
For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton is the heavy favorite, but got her first challenger yesterday when U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders announced he will run.