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February 9, 2016

Boehner ‘Nudging’ Jeb Bush to Run in 2016

Boehner says he's "nudging" Jeb Bush to run. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Boehner says he’s “nudging” Jeb Bush to run. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said Monday he is “nudging” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to run for the Republican nomination to be president.

Though he stopped short of endorsing anyone early in the process, Boehner named Bush, son of President George H. W. Bush and brother of President George W. Bush, as a favorite.

“We’ve got a lot of good candidates out there. If you look historically, our best candidates have come from the ranks of governors, of former governors, and yes, Jeb Bush is my friend, I think he’d make a great president, and I’ve been nudging him for some time,” Boehner said while speaking in San Antonio to a luncheon sponsored by several area business groups.

Boehner also was asked about Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whom he called a friend and golfing partner, but he said he would not feel any obligation to support him simply because he is from the same state.

“We’ll let them all sort it out. I’m not endorsing anybody,” he said.

Boehner, in Texas on a fundraising swing this week while the House is on recess, also weighed in on the new special select committee on the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, and on Republican priorities on a long-stalled immigration overhaul.

On the Benghazi committee, the speaker said the panel’s work would not be impeded if Democrats decide to boycott.

On immigration, Boehner said most House Republicans support an overhaul of the immigration system, as long as the work is done step-by-step, with the border secured first.

Boehner said House Republicans don’t trust President Barack Obama to enforce laws as they are written and passed on Capitol Hill and suggested the White House needs to take steps to repair that relationship.

  • NormanAllen

    The nation needs Boehner/Bush as it did Dick/Bush… Great combination for fun, alas, not for the nation….Not another god and terror and feast for the 1% at the expense of the 99% with borrowed money… We are still recovering from national alerts and will be paying for the bloated bureaucracy for generations….The Bushes have reaped enough to last them several generations. Boehner must have got enough to last him a long time… Let some more qualified, proven guys run…..


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    As a simple people, my guess wise Jeb Bush deserves to be a President in 2016. He comes from a rare family who did the best for American people and all the people around the world who loves to live in a peace and democracy. Jeb Bush has more knowledge than, others. He is a clear figure. With Him will win America. Amen!

  • Kim Baxley

    Just one more of the many reasons why Boehner needs to be replaced as Speaker. He is totally out of touch with the majority of republicans, much less the majority of Americans. We do not need another Bush in the White House, any more than we need another Clinton. “Big government global corporatist liberals” regardless of whether they have a (D) or an (R) beside their name, have done enough damage to this country, while helping the “rich get richer, and the poor get poorer”, and eroding away small business and the middle class. It is time for President that will scale back on government size/spending, not add more to it.

  • D.C.J.

    Of course he is. He’s as good as toast for being the House Speaker after 2014. He’s jockeying up for a White House Appointment. He’s the prime example of what’s wrong in Washington D.C. Feeds off the American people even when they’re down & out.

  • Amber

    All Jeb Bush has is name recognition. There is no substance behind him. He cannot win against Clinton, if the actual goal of the Republican party is to win the presidency. So, please, don’t run, Bush. What little I know about him convinces me to not vote for him, and I am a Republican.

  • Ezra Pound

    So Boehner is endorsing Hilary Clinton for 2016 then. The idea that Americans would ever put another genetic basketcase from the litter of dogs known as the Bush family back in the Oval Office is preposterous. If Boehner is urging Jeb to run, then it only confirms that Boehner is neither a conservative or a Republican because he is intentionally sabotaging the republican ticket by pushing for a candidate who could never win.

  • Dyann Jackson

    What else can you expect from a Dem planted-RINO pushing another RINO?

  • Ized Fohssil

    Fear-mongering is about all that today’s liberals have to offer:

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