Jeb Bush mulling US presidency-run in 2016

Son and brother of past Republican presidents says he will "actively explore" possibility to run for president.

    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has taken his most definitive step yet toward running for president, announcing plans to "actively explore" a campaign and form a new political operation allowing him to raise money for like-minded Republicans.

    In a holiday message posted on Bush's Facebook page and Twitter account, the son and brother of past Republican presidents said he discussed the "future of our nation" and a potential bid for the White House with members of his family over the Thanksgiving holiday.

    "As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for president of the United States,'' Bush wrote.

    He added, "In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America".

    Kristy Campbell, a spokeswoman for Bush, said he has not yet made a final decision on whether to seek the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2016. She said that he will announce his decision next year "after gauging support'' for a run.

    Tuesday's statement is the latest and most definitive signal that Bush plans to try and become the third member of his family to serve as president.

    His brother George W Bush was the 43rd president of the US - between 2001 and 2009, while their father, George HW Bush, was the 41st president of the US between 1989 and 1993.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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